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Music & Film - Film Producers Contract

Behind the scenes

Film producers are usually the financial and administrative muscle behind a film production requiring more than a small budget. Once a production reaches a size where an independent director or film maker is no longer able to keep track of everything on their own, they often may wish to procure the involvement of a film producer to help them manage the day-to-day running of their sets, as well as to provide a much needed financial injection.

In higher budget productions a director usually works closely with a producer – the two collaborate as a team whereby one forms the creative side of the production, whilst the other forms the financial and administrative side. A producer may be an individual or an individual representing a production company, and upon their involvement they will usually receive a part ownership of the production in exchange for their assistance.

Considering that the producer’s contract is the other side of the coin to a director’s contract, it is important for it to reflect these ownership rights whilst simultaneously ensuring that the agreement deals with the conditions applicable to the producer’s appointment.

There are many elements that need to work cohesively in order to form the backbone of any film producer’s contract, and we would suggest the following as good points with which to start:

  • The details of the project, including the name, length and target market
  • The budget for the project and details of the financial contributions made by the producer
  • The pre-disclosed elements of the project and confidentiality
  • Proposed time frame
  • Remuneration and repayment of any monies classified as loans
  • Economic rights and moral rights
  • The contract stages (Pre-production, production, post-production, distribution)
  • Director and producer obligations
  • Termination

We know that producers often have to expend a significant quantity of time and money when becoming involved in a production. By having an expertly drafted contract in place you know that you can do what you do best without having to worry about whether you have suitable legal protection in place.

Why not contact us today to book your free consultation to discuss your legal requirements in further detail, we’ll be delighted to talk to you.

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