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January 2011

Entertainment Contracts: Part One–the Basics

Form contracts, especially those in books, are not meant to be used by anyone. They are samples of fictitious ideal transactions which don’t exist. They’re meant to show the types of things that go into an agreement, but not necessarily your agreement.

Many of the agreements you get from friends were not written, or even reviewed, by an attorney. Most of them are not written correctly, do not make sense, and do not apply to your situation. They are passed from filmmaker to filmmaker and their errors are perpetuated or magnified if someone decides to make a “little” change in the wording. This article talks about the basics of what a good contract needs to contain.