Appendix A: Glossary of Film Production and Finance Terms



Above the line: term denoting portion of a film's budget, usually including the writer, director, producer and main cast.

Access letter: a letter under which a laboratory undertakes to honour orders placed by a distributor, even though the laboratory may be owed money by the producer or, in relation to the film, by other persons. See also Laboratory letter and Pledge holder agreement.

Adjusted gross deal: a distribution agreement where the distributor deducts from gross receipts the costs of co-operative advertising and divides the balance, the adjusted gross, with the producer. The advantage for the producer is that he does not have to vet the distribution expenses. The disadvantage ...

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