Media Law: A User's Guide for Film and Programme Makers

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Psychology Press, Sep 1, 1998 - Law - 292 pages
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From concept to distribution, those involved in film and programme making come into contact with many legal topics. Copyright, moral rights, contract law, libel and slander, employment law, tax law, obscenity and indecency laws, contempt of court and even Official Secrets Acts are many perplexing areas of the law that need to be understood and dealt with during the completion of a project. This guide sets these difficult areas of the law in context and tackles them in practice, to acquaint film and programme makers with useful, practical insight into the likely problem areas before they meet those problems. In accessible non-legal language the book takes a logical approach through deal-acquiring rights in literary and other material, developing and adapting that material to production stage, raising finance for development and production, concluding agreements with financiers, contracting cast and crew, securing locations, obtaining insurance and exploiting the finished production. It also includes an advisory section on setting up and running a company. Through this often tortuous process problem areas are highlighted and advice given on how to avoid pitfalls.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The idea
20
The deal
32
Development
49
Financing
86
Production and financing agreements
110
Hiring and firing
125
Rights clearances II
162
Script and content clearance
201
Distribution agreements
220
Secondary exploitation
233
Legal proceedings
246
Professional bodies and useful contacts
253
Analysis of typical provisions in production and financing
261
Summary of the Broadcasting Independent Productions
274
Release form
280

Completion guarantees and production insurances
187

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