Chapter 5

Welcome to Reality: Legalities and Rights

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

John F. Kennedy

I.  Own it

Your idea is a precious commodity. For it to develop, thrive, and ultimately succeed, this idea must be protected. It’s the producer’s responsibility to provide this legal protection. With a common-sense understanding of entertainment law, and an awareness of the contracts, agreements, and rules that are integral in each stage of producing your project, you can provide this protection. A deal can start with a hearty handshake and a verbal promise, but ...

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