How can an entertainment law firm help animators and animation companies?
Here are some of the ways Edwards PC, Creative Law helps animators:
Have you been offered an option agreement from a production company? We help animators understand the rights they are being asked to provide, and negotiate terms such as the duration of the option period, the option fee (amount and payment terms), the work being done during the development phases, and the roles and fees should the project proceed. For more information, here’s our option agreement blog – http://edwardslaw.ca/option-agreements/
Have you been offered the opportunity to provide animation services to a production company? Perhaps a producer obtained financing to produce a series but needs your expertise and talents to create the animation. We help animators review and negotiate the service agreements they’re asked to sign, providing advice on important issues such as rights, compensation, cash flow, rights to future work, credit, etc.
Are you developing a new concept with a fellow animator? We help creators draft and review agreements outlining the rights and obligations of each party to ensure everyone is on the same page, and you can focus on developing a great new idea.
Here are some of the ways Edwards PC, Creative Law helps animation companies:
Are you considering co-producing a project with another company? When is the appropriate time to enter into a short-form memo of understanding or a full-fledged co-production agreement? We help animation companies with these issues, and help to draft and review these agreements, with particular focus on the relevant clauses covering rights and responsibilities of each partner. For more information, here’s our co-production agreement tips blog – http://edwardslaw.ca/co-pro-agreements/
It’s important to have agreements with everyone who works on your production. For most people you hire, the agreement is a way to ensure you’re on the same page about fees and IP rights. However, every so often you need an agreement in place because there’s a dispute, and you are better protected if your rights are formalized and the termination procedure is in writing. For more information, here’s our blog on the topic of gathering rights (and waiving moral rights) – http://edwardslaw.ca/co-pro-agreements/
We help animation companies with their agreements with distributors and sales agents. Some common red flags include inconsistencies between what you are told and what’s in the agreement, uncapped expenses, and insufficient clarity in defining the distributor’s or agents obligations, audit rights, balanced rights and termination provisions.
Looking to hire another company to provide services for your project? We do that too. Some of the areas of focus are the statement of work, proprietary rights, delivery, fees, change requests, and delays. For more information, here’s our blog covering teen service agreements tips – http://edwardslaw.ca/ask-a-lawyer-ten-service-agreement-tips/
Our founding lawyer, Mark Edwards, has also been a producer – producing over $50M of animated television series and millions of dollars of games. Among the television series, many were international audio-visual treaty co-productions. We provide legal services to international parties, seeking to work with Canadian partners on international audio-visual treaty co-productions as well as projects seeking funding from co-development incentives.
Edwards PC, Creative Law is a boutique law firm provides legal services to Music, Film, Animation, TV, Digital Media, Game, Software and Publishing industry clients. For more information and blogs, please visit www.edwardslaw.ca
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* This blog is for general informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Please contact Edwards PC, Creative Law or another lawyer, if you wish to apply these concepts to your specific circumstances.