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HIRING CAST AND CREW—A LOT OF LAW TO WORRY ABOUT

Once you’ve figured out which movie you’re going to make and you’ve acquired all the rights to that film property, it’s time to start staffing up. You need to cast actors, choose a director (if it’s not going to be you), and hire your crew.

Hiring and managing employees and independent contractors is one of the trickier legal areas a filmmaker must face. This is because a whole host of laws apply to the employer/employee relationship. For instance:

•  Services Contracts. A services contract between the production company and the employee will govern the relationship of the parties and control issues such as the duties of the employee, the employee’s salary, the film credit the employee expects ...

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