Actors working in film and television, and those aspiring to do so, need to achieve the best possible contractual arrangement on a variety of topics to fully enjoy success in the present and achieve a long career.
Contracts are the business side of film and television entertainment and although contract provisions and law are not glamorous, they are necessary to protect an actor’s rights.
Having an attorney who is representing the best legal and contractual interests of actors in the film and television businesses is as vital as having an agent and manager to help you open doors to get auditions and work.
You need an attorney who is well-versed in contracts, intellectual property, and labor law to avoid the common pitfalls in contract provisions and address potential problems and issues that can arise later.
Say you are scheduled to have test for a television pilot. You are about to face a set of legal considerations that are best decided with the guidance and work of legal counsel.
If you are chosen for a leading role, your attorney may be able negotiate additional compensation than you are offered. Also, if the role requires nudity, you may be able to be paid an extra fee.
You are certain to need legal counsel to address a number of issues, ranging from the actual percentage to what happens if the film loses money. Tax issues come into play as well.
Your lawyer will negotiate compensation that is fair to you or have this provision modified to keep your options open.
Your lawyer will work to reduce the length of time to a few days so you don’t lose valuable time.
In negotiations, your attorney will argue that you be allowed to make guest appearances during the length of the series or perform other work such as commercials and movies. This is more easily accomplished if the actor is established.
Your attorney will negotiate increases as the series airs in subsequent seasons and achieve better results than you could on your own.
Your attorney can help you get the largest number possible, for example nine weekly shows in a series running 13 weeks.
Your attorney can ensure this provision is in the contract and is as favorable to you as possible.
Negotiations in this area can be time consuming and delicate. Your attorney can devise creative solutions, including negotiating with the other actors attorneys, to get the best solution for you.
Your attorney can negotiate all of these areas and others that come up to achieve the best result for you.