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Film and Movie Industry Lawyers

The entertainment industry is almost always booming, and those who make it big can experience the type of fame and fortune that legends are made of. But Hollywood and the entertainment industry operate within contracts and legal agreements that can be confusing to many entertainers who are new to the business.

  • Talent Contracts - All performing artists will benefit from the negotiating and contract experience of Perdomo Klukosky and Associates.

  • Producers and Directors - In addition to talent, we represent some of New York City's most notable Producers and Directors.

  • Experienced Movie Lawyers - We represent anyone that works in the movie industry, to production companies needing On Location contracts.

For this reason, legal representation by the experienced lawyers at Perdomo Klukosky and Associates, is essential when negotiating contracts and agreements; it ensures that neither side gets a significant advantage, and all parties are treated fairly.

Please contact us for a legal consultation.

Legal Services for the Film and Movie Industry

The film industry is full of contracts -- for producers, writers, directors, production companies, and the actors themselves. Each of these contracts has a different aim, and each requires a certain amount of legal knowledge and experience to be applied before a signature is given.

Talent Contracts

A talent contract is typically one that exists between an actor and an agency who will represent that person and find them work in the industry. These contracts typically come in two forms: exclusive and non-exclusive. While an exclusive contract requires the actor to work only for one agency, a non-exclusive contract frees them to work with any agency who will sign them to a similar open agreement.

These contracts are typically given to people who are new in the industry and looking for their first jobs, and typically dictates the actor's payment as well has what percentage of that salary goes into the agency's coffers. These contracts can be sneaky and unfair to actors, and legal representation will ensure that talent agencies do not limit someone's potential, marketability, or overall salary.

On Location Contracts

When a location is booked for use in film or other media, a contract is typically signed between all parties that stipulates how long the location will be used and what will be done while at that location. The property owner typically agrees and consents that the location they own will be depicted in various forms of media.

Having a lawyer during these negotiations can be useful to property owners who want to ensure the integrity of their holdings during the shoot, and can be useful to producers who want free reign over the land they're using for their latest project. It's the perfect way to mediate different goals. Learn more by visiting On Location Contracts.

Film Crew Contracts

Somewhat comparable to an employment contract, a film crew contract typically sets the dates and times that a film crew is expected to be at a shooting location, as well as the rate of pay for their services and any other responsibilities they assume during filming. These contracts typically like to get the most filming for the lowest amount of salary, so having a lawyer is a good way to ensure that the negotiation of these contracts is fair -- and doesn't overwork film crews who spend long hours on the set.

Director Contracts

These contracts generally exist between a director and a production agency and dictate the director's responsibilities, rate of pay, and guidelines as to how long it should take to direct and film the movie or television show they're directing. These director contracts also include pay, making the need for legal representation inherent for those who are seeking a fair deal for all parties.

Production Company Contracts

A production company is responsible for any number of things related to filming movies and television shows: the directors, the actors, the sets and locations, and the budget of a movie. The number of contracts they typically enter into for just one film can be astronomical.

This makes it absolutely essential for production companies to have a lawyer -- or a group of lawyers -- by their side at all times, reviewing the terms of each contract with each individual part of the business. Production companies can be chaotic, and it's possible they'll miss a small clause that could make the difference between a smooth production and a litigious nightmare.

Producer Contracts

A production company delegates each of its works to a producer, who is then contracted by the company to oversee a project's budget and direction. Their responsibilities are outlined in their contract, as well as any restrictions and salary information. A lawyer can help ensure that a producer is not taking on too much responsibility and that the production company is not overstepping its bounds when contracting with this essential member of the crew. Learn more by visiting Producer Contracts.

Writer Agreements

Just like the actors who bring a film to the silver screen, writers operate under extensive contracts that dictate the terms of their pay, who owns the rights to their work, and what they're entitled to as the film begins shooting and requires modifications. Writers often get the short end of the stick, and the rights to their work are often trampled on by production companies. Lawyers are absolutely essential in ensuring the integrity of a writer's intellectual property when signing these agreements.

Screen Actors Guild Contracts

A SAG contract is typically considered a good thing: it dictates minimum rates of pay, special education and other requirements for minors on the set, acceptable working conditions, and other essential protections for actors. A lawyer can help ensure that a client is provided with this essential and esteemed Hollywood contract when their job begins.

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Contracts

Much like SAG, the AFTRA series of contracts determines minimum rates and acceptable working conditions for those who will be acting in television and radio spots. This includes entertainment programming, media, commercials, and longer infomercial programming. These contracts are as essential as their SAG counterparts, and working with an NYC Movie Lawyer will assist clients in obtaining a job under AFTRA terms.

The American Film Market

Essentially a trade show for distribution deals, the American Film Market is perhaps the one place where a lawyer is more important than anywhere else in Hollywood. At the AFM, deals are closed that sell films to distribution companies and dictate profits, royalties, and other benefits. The need for an attorney in this case should be obvious: a tough negotiator who knows the law, and represent their client firmly, will seal the best deal.

Standardized Pay to Work on Scale

Pay scales are everywhere -- perhaps most famously in the teachers union. However, many acting gigs have their own pay scales and producers will insist their talent work within those scales. When negotiating the terms of an agreement, and agreeing to a pay scale, an NYC Film and Movie Lawyer can be a tough advocate for a fair salary, fair advancement up the scale, and a better deal overall.

Please contact us for a legal consultation.

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