Production Services Agreements

Gordon P. Firemark

A commonly used, but often misunderstood type of contract used throughout the entertainment industry is the Production Services Agreement. What is a Production Services Agreement? The production company brings to bear all of its expertise, knowledge, personnel, and other resources to produce and deliver the Project according to the financier’s specifications. When would I use a Production Services Agreement? Production Fee and Cash Flow Schedule.

TechnoLawyer Names Its Top 10 Products of 2020

Media Law

As it has almost every year since 2011, the legal technology newsletter TechnoLawyer has published its picks for the top products of the year. Winner of the top product award this year is TrialLine , which is software for creating timelines for litigation and other legal uses.

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How to find investors for your film or theatre production.

Gordon P. Firemark

How to find investors for your film or theatre production. If you’re producing an independent film or any kind of theatre project, it’s a safe bet that, at some point, you’re going to be asking the question: “Where do I find investors?” ” Well, the answer is deceptively simple, and yet still amazingly complex. In short, investors are all around you. You just need to know how and where to look, how to approach them, and how to close the deal.

Using Quotes in a film, video or media production

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about using quotes in your production. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. It is not a substitute for a private, independent consultation with an attorney selected to advise you after a full investigation of the facts and law relevant to your matter.

How to make sure your production doesn’t get shut down.

Gordon P. Firemark

How to make sure your production doesn't get shut down. In this post, I'll explain why, and also how savvy producers can avoid a similar fate for their productions. In June, at least two productions were forced to close right after opening. In 2009, I wrote about a situation in which Stephen Sondheim ordered an Australian production of “Company” closed unless the unauthorized “cuts” were restored.

Independent New Media Productions

Digital Media Law

There are casting notices out there for SAG new media productions under the “SAG New Media Contract.” Third, performers should recognize that independent producers are unlikely to make much, if any, money on these productions. Even the studios are shutting down their new media production entities (Stage 9, 60 Frames). A few notes may help clarify what these are, and help performers enforce a few of their rights.

Why productions like “Moneyball” get shelved.

Gordon P. Firemark

Last month, just hours before the scheduled start of production on Columbia Pictures’ “Moneyball&# , starring Brad Pitt and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the studio pulled the plug on production, putting the project into “limited turnaround&#.

Free Products and Resources for Legal Professionals During Coronavirus Crisis

Media Law

To help legal professionals who are having to work from home or make other adjustments during the coronavirus crisis, I have created a page where I will track offers of free products and services from legal technology companies and others. I have started it here: Coronavirus Resources. If you have something to add, email me (ambrogi-at-gmail.com) or tweet at me (@bobambrogi). Image by thedarknut from Pixabay

How (and why) to set up a special purpose production entity for your film or show

Gordon P. Firemark

In the case of film and theatre projects, the SPE would be created to produce a single film or production. In a common scenario, the producer of the company may have several projects in various stages of production at any given time. You want the people that are helping you with the production to be tuned in to the company structure and financing setup… So they should be the ones putting together the SPE as well.

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Legal Tech Companies Offer Free Products In Civil Rights Cases

Media Law

Two legal technology companies said this week that they are offering free access to their products to attorneys involved in civil rights matters. Legal research company Casetext is offering free access to its Compose brief automation for Title VII motions through the remainder of the summer.

Notable New Casetext Product Drafts Your Litigation Briefs For You

Media Law

In what Casetext cofounder and CEO Jake Heller calls a breakthrough that will have a profound impact on the practice of law, the legal research company is today launching Compose , a first-of-its-kind product that helps you create the first draft of a litigation brief in a fraction of the time it would normally take. Casetext is a company that is known for developing innovative legal research products. Casetext will sell Compose as a separate product from its legal research service.

Celebs and Products

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times: an article discussing celebrity tweets and products. Is this the new face of product placement

Product Libel and Food Production Reform

Media Law Prof Blog

Nicole Negowetti, Valparaiso University Law School, is publishing Opening the Barnyard Door: Trasparency (sic) and the Resurgence of Ag-Gag & Veggie Libel Laws in volume 38 of the Seattle University Law Review (2015). Here is the abstract. Over the past

The REAL business of television. Don’t lose sight of what the product is.

Gordon P. Firemark

They create the product they want to create, without knowing whether it’s a product anyone else gives a rat’s ass about. They determine what their customers want (not need, but WANT), and then they develop products that give it to them. What the REAL product is… The television business isn’t about buying and selling Art, or even good quality programs. The shows you and I love to watch on TV aren’t the product… they’re the BAIT.

Legal Analytics Products Deliver Widely Divergent Results, Study Shows

Media Law

” While all of that still holds true, and while the technology has continued to evolve and the array of products to expand in the year since then, it is important for legal professionals to understand that litigation analytics is still a developing technology, and that there are weaknesses in both the technology and the data on which they rely. That means that these products differ not only in the kinds of analytics they offer, but also in the results they deliver.

LexisNexis Reengineers CourtLink, Its Docket Research Product

Media Law

LexisNexis Legal & Professional is today unveiling a major reengineering of its CourtLink federal and state docket research product that moves it to the Lexis Advance platform and that gives users more options for searching dockets while reducing the steps involved in doing so. Although now integrated within Lexis Advance, the product remains available as a standalone offering. CourtLink now integrates with the docket-analytics product Lex Machina.

How to find investors for your film or theatre production.

Gordon P. Firemark

How to find investors for your film or theatre production. If you’re producing an independent film or any kind of theatre project, it’s a safe bet that, at some point, you’re going to be asking the question: “Where do I find investors?” ” Well, the answer is deceptively simple, and yet still amazingly complex. In short, investors are all around you. You just need to know how and where to look, how to approach them, and how to close the deal.

Latest SixFifty Product Helps Churches Assess Readiness To Resume Services

Media Law

As with other SixFifty products, the questionnaire and assessment is developed in consultation with attorneys at Wilson Sonsini and based on their legal expertise. Last month, I wrote about the launch by SixFifty , the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati , of the Return-to-Work Toolset , a tool to help U.S. businesses safely transition their employees back to work as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders expire.

COUNTDOWN TO MODERNITY (11/5/18)–The Progress to Production Chart for the Mechanical Licensing Collective

Music Technology Policy

Music Modernization Act Songwriter News Progress to ProductionAs best we can tell from the outside looking in, this chart has the dates for key events in the critical path to launch for the Mechancial Licesing Collective as required by the Music Modernization Act–the “Countdown to Modernity.” ” This chart is a work in progress, and if anyone sees anything wrong in it or something that should be clarified or corrected, please let us know.

In Unique Partnership, Two Legal Research Companies to Co-Develop Products

Media Law

Co-Development of Products. But the bigger news is in what else today’s announcement says: The two companies will be working together into the future to develop additional product integrations and joint features.

Edward Norton's Production Company Sued Over Harlem Movie Set Fire

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A man and woman who live in the building claim residents weren't warned by producers when a fire started during filming of 'Motherless Brooklyn.' read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Is your theatre or production in danger of an ADA lawsuit?

Gordon P. Firemark

Is your theatre or production in danger of an ADA lawsuit?

Tips to Saving Money on Film Production

Film and Television Law Blog

Film production can be expensive or cheap, it all depends on how you plan to shoot the various scenes. Most of the top quality film production equipment is very expensive and unaffordable to new filmmakers. This is a no brainer if you have taken one or two courses in film production. film productionBefore we proceed, it is imperative to note that you need to have a team of professionals on your side in order to come up with a film that your audience will relate with.

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Roundup of Company and Product News from ILTACON, Part 1

Media Law

At ILTACON, I met with founders Chang Zi Qian and Ellery Sutanto , whose product is part legal research platform, part knowledge management platform, and all driven by artificial intelligence, with the idea of bringing everything a lawyer needs together in a single platform.

Dick Clark Productions Prevails in Golden Globes Trial, Will Remain Show Producer

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Television Television Dick Clark Dick Clark Productions Golden GlobesAlex Ben Block A Los Angeles judge says a years-old contract gave DCP rights to produce the show as long as it remains on NBC read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

For Second Year In A Row, Relativity Announces New Pricing For Its SaaS Product

Media Law

The e-discovery technology company Relativity is today announcing a new payment and pricing model for its cloud-based SaaS product RelativityOne. With the Legalweek conference coming next week, Relativity also provided several updates about the company and its products.

Legal Tech Design Firm Offers Shared-Risk Product Prototyping for Law Firms

Media Law

For law firms, it is becoming increasingly common to develop technology products of their own. It has introduced a Law Firm Partner Program that founder Nicole Bradick says enables firms to share the burden and risk of product development. The firm works with T&P on prototyping and validating the product to make sure the idea is desirable and viable. If it is, then T&P goes on to create designs and begin development of the minimally viable product.

Top 10 Product Announcements at ABA Techshow

Media Law

The post Top 10 Product Announcements at ABA Techshow appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. I am just back from ABA Techshow in Chicago. It was well worth the trip, with great programming, a teeming exhibit hall, and abundant opportunities for networking and socializing. The one question I was most often asked there (and that I most often asked others) was, “What have you seen that is new and interesting?” ” […].

New Product from AI Contract Management Company LinkSquares Covers the Contract Creation Process

Media Law

LinkSquares , a Boston-based company that provides an AI-based contract management and analysis platform for corporate legal departments, is today announcing the roll-out later this month of a product that extends its platform to the pre-signature, contract-generation process, to offer enterprises an end-to-end platform for drafting, reviewing and managing contracts.

Additional Tips for Working with a Film Production Lawyer

Film and Television Law Blog

The film production lawyer is vital in the process of film production. Here are the tips for working with a film production attorney. You should hire an attorney working close to the film production site. To be on the winning side, you need to pay on time and communicate transparently and directly with your film production attorney. film production

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Subsidiary Rights Clauses in Theatrical Production Contracts. What’s the big deal?

Gordon P. Firemark

One of the most heatedly negotiated provisions in theatrical production licenses these days is the Subsidiary Rights Clause. Typically, the producer must present a threshold number of paid, public performances before his interest in subsidiary rights vests, and the percentage in question will often increase as the production achieves various milestones. For example Film and TV rights may be treated differently than revenues from stock- and amateur productions.

Knowable Responds to Pandemic with New Products, Including Free Contract Management

Media Law

The contract management company Knowable is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with the release of two new products designed to help companies understand their crisis-related contractual obligations and entitlements, one of which it is offering free through year-end.

When does product placement become false advertising?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner Product placement has become so omnipresent in films and TV that we hardly think twice when we see it. But what happens if the film or show misrepresents the product? On the NYT's Freakonomics blog, Ian Ayres.

David Letterman's Production Company Beats Lawsuit from Royalty Collector

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rejects a lawsuit from Worldwide Subsidy Group. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

New CloudNine Product Makes Child’s Play of Data Collection in Office 365

Media Law

A product coming out today from the e-discovery company CloudNine makes it easy to collect email and attachments from Office 365 email custodians and Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage files. Today’s release is the product’s version 1.0.

Roundup of Company and Product News from ILTACON, Part 3: NetDocuments, WindTalker, American LegalNet, AdvoLogix

Media Law

Last week, I attended ILTACON, the annual meeting of the International Legal Technology Association, where I sat down with a number of legal technology companies for briefings on their latest news and products.

'Orphan Black' Production Company Must Face Copyright Lawsuit in California

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The $5 million lawsuit alleges the series was cloned from a screenplay submitted to producers a decade ago. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Journey Sues Monster Products Following Canceled Performance

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The inconic band claims the electronics company guaranteed $500,000 for a performance at CES in Vegas. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Best Legal Products — And Best Non-Existent Products

Media Law

Strategic blog, Jean O’Grady took an unscientific but nonetheless fascinating poll of her readers to ask them about the best new products they became aware of in 2014. She also asked them about the products or services they would like to have but that do not currently exist. The post Best Legal Products — And Best Non-Existent Products appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. At her Dewey B.

Breaking: Clio Acquires CRM Platform Lexicata, Will Launch New CRM Product, Clio Grow

Media Law

Clio describes the acquisition as a “defining moment for the legal industry” and says the acquisition marks the first step towards Clio’s vision to provide the first entirely client-centered and firm-focused product suite that will include practice management, CRM, and client intake.

Roundup of Company and Product News from ILTACON, Part 2: iManage, Relativity, BigHand, CaseFleet

Media Law

Last week, I attended ILTACON, the annual meeting of the International Legal Technology Association, where I met with a number of legal technology companies for briefings on their latest news and products. Meanwhile, the company has no plans to abandon its on-premises product, Gaines said.

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In Advance of Legalweek, CloudNine Previews Enhancements Across Its Suite of E-Discovery Products

Media Law

Next week brings Legalweek in New York, the international legal mega-conference that encompasses Legaltech, one of the leading events in legal technology and a major venue for company announcements of product roll-outs and enhancements.

Television Product Placement in Two Countries

Media Law Prof Blog

Amy Rungpaka Hackley, Queen Mary, University of London, and Chris Hackley, University of London, Royal Holloway College, have published Television Product Placement Strategy in Thailand and the UK, in volume 3 of the Asian Journal of Business Research (2013).