This chapter reviews the delicate business aspects associated with producers’ vital relationships with 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, and that between a symphony’s conductor and the orchestra.

Like a general contractor, the best producers are familiar with, and consequently respectful of, the many talents necessary to create their pictures. The talent the producer attaches will add as many, if not more, of the creative contributions as the producer ...

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