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The Producer's Business Handbook, 2nd Edition by Rob Holt, John J. Lee Jr.

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Chapter 8

Talent, Agents, and Agencies

This chapter reviews the delicate business aspects associated with producers’ relationships with each picture’s talent and their representatives. Two effective metaphors for the relationship between a picture’s producer and its talent are the relationships that exist between a general contractor of a construction project and the craftspeople, or a symphony’s conductor and the orchestra.

Like a general contractor, the best producers are very familiar with, and consequently respectful of, the many talents necessary to create their pictures. The talent will have all, if not more, of the creative juice than these producers originally conceive. Writers, directors, cinematographers, actors, composers, set designers, ...

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