The Movie Business: The Definitive Guide to the Legal and Financial Secrets of Getting Your Movie Made

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Simon and Schuster, May 5, 2005 - Performing Arts - 528 pages
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Making a movie may be part art and part science, but it's 100 percent business.
In this comprehensive and accessible guide, Kelly Charles Crabb shares the information necessary to understand the legal and financial challenges involved in getting a film from story to the silver screen and beyond.
Drawing on over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, as both lawyer and producer, Crabb reveals his insider's knowledge on:
  • Understanding copyright and intellectual property law
  • Obtaining financial backing
  • Selecting and hiring the key players
  • Overseeing the filming
  • Locking in the theatrical, home video, and TV distribution
  • Understanding merchandise licensing
and everything else you need to know to make a serious run at producing and exploiting a movie. Offering hands-on illustrations from actual movie contracts to show how the basic deals for each of the many stages are assembled, the author explains in plain and simple terms what the contracts contain and why. It gives the big picture and the finer points of movie making -- from concept to raking in the last dollar after the film is completed.
While it may not transform you into a lawyer or an industry accountant -- and that's not what you want anyway -- it will take you through all the business and legal principles you need to know to be a successful and knowledgeable professional producer.

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This book's subtitle contains a misleading word: that there are "secrets" to getting a movie made. In reality, Crabb, a Hollywood entertainment lawyer, offers up a lot of cold, hard facts ranging over ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
From Idea to Treatment
16
Using Someone Elses Story
42
BOOK
87
Obtaining an Existing Screenplay
113
Obtaining Development Money
121
BOOK THREE
129
Papering the Package
151
Merchandise Licensing
396
SoundTrack Albums
413
Home Video
421
Television
436
Print Publishing
456
Interactive Works
463
Internet
465
Territory
466

BOOK FOUR
165
Bringing the Money Home
181
The Studio as Financier
202
BOOK FIVE
211
Assembling the Main Players
217
Procuring Everything Else
263
Filming the Movie
276
BOOK
329
Rights
467
Deliverables
468
Consideration
469
Other Terms
470
Epilogue
471
Notes
475
Index
491
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Kelly Charles Crabb has a master's degree from Brigham Young University and a juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review. Teaching and lecturing frequently, he currently practices entertainment law in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and five children.

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