You don’t get what you ask for, you get what you negotiate. Contracts are the bread and butter of business. In the Entertainment Industry, regardless of your role, whether you’re an actor, recording artist, athlete, musician, producer, model, dancer, label owner, manager, publisher, etc., you will be presented with a contract at some point in your career. The contract will set the parameters and guidelines in your position. More specifically, a contract will dictate your rights, duties, and responsibilities. Key provisions in any contract are the length (or term) and most importantly, payment.
The terms and conditions of a contract are extremely vital. It is important that an attorney drafting an agreement captures the intent of the party presenting the contract. It is equally as important that the person who is receiving the contract understands what he/she does or does not agree upon.
The contractual process does not stop after a contract is received; it is actually just the beginning of the negotiation process. The negotiation of the terms of a contract are even more important, because at that point one actually gets to bargain for specific terms in the agreement. The negotiation process involves both sides working out their differences to come to an acceptable agreement. Some people say that a good negotiation results in neither side receiving 100% of what the originally wanted.
If you receive a contract it would be smart to have an attorney review the agreement before you place your signature on it. Contracts, especially entertainment agreements, contain language that is specific to the industry, hidden meanings and elongated definitions for simple terms. An good attorney will break down the contract so that you would understand what you are signing.
Through drafting, negotiation and interpretation an attorney will ensure that the legal protections you need to successfully proceed with your project are in place. We provide strong legal representation on behalf of our clients concerning the sports, television, music and movie industries, live performances, publishing, merchandising, celebrity endorsements and all other aspects of the entertainment industry.