Breaking Down Actor Talent Offers - Includes Downloadable Templates

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Jim Young

Webinar hosted by: Jim Young

Award-Winning Producer (Sundance, TIFF, Tribeca & More) at Animus Films

Jim Young is a producer whose banner Animus Films has produced some of the industry's best indie films, including The Words with Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, Almost Friends, starring Freddie Highmore and Haley Joel Osment, Lovelace with Amanda Seyfried, and James Franco, and The Man Who Knew Infinity with Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons. Animus Films premiered The Catcher Was a Spy starring Paul Rudd which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Animus Films productions have released through: Showtime Paramount Pictures CBS Films Millennium Entertainment, Image Entertainment. His films have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Toronto Film Festival. Credits include: Full Bio »

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Let’s face it, attaching the right actor (or actors) can make or break the success of you getting your project off the ground. Putting the right talent in the pole position will greatly increase your chances of gaining finishing funds, selling a project, securing meaningful distribution and more. But to stand out in a sea of offers that quality talent receives on an almost daily basis takes knowledge and understanding. So how do you get your project in front of the right actor and give yourself the best chance to get a “yes”?
 
In the independent filmmaking world understanding how to formulate and put together talent offers is vital. With actors getting more offers than ever from streaming platforms, cable networks and alternative programming it’s imperative that your offer stands out from the crowd. You can push your project to the top of the decision making pile if you know how to put together the right offer.

In what has been a wildly successful career, Jim Young has produced nearly 20 independent films. How did he get so many made? By attaching talent such as Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Dev Patel, Cuba Gooding Jr., Amanda Seyfried and more. Nobody understands how to attach talent better than Jim. And now he's ready to share his tried and true approaches with you so you too can attach meaningful talent to your projects.

Jim will delve into the process of attracting and signing talent to your film. This will include a primer as to the roles of casting directors, talent agents, lawyers, and foreign sales agents and how each operates. He will show you what additional materials and information you need to send along with the script and the actual offer. He will also discuss elements to consider when negotiating talent deals to make sure you have a competitive advantage.

Plus! As an added bonus Jim is including downloadable templates for you to work from as you put together your own deals! These invaluable documents are yours to keep.

What You'll Learn

  • Why Actors = Green Light for your Film
  • Vetting “value” of actors for the roles and the role of a foreign sales agent in the casting process
  • Attachment Letter vs. Long-form Acting Agreement
  • When to bring on a Casting Director and their role in the process
  • Things to consider in the selection process of actors to target beyond sales value
  • Building the Shooting Schedule to benefit actors’ schedule
  • Reading Offer vs. Financial Offer vs. Pay or Play Offer
  • Is there a benefit of a letter from the Director or Producer?
  • Is there value of a Look Book or Promo to share with the Actor?
  • Role of Covering Agents and benefit of working with a specific talent agency
  • Having a legal team to negotiate the deal
  • Things to consider during the talent deal negotiation
  • Legal elements to have in place prior to the release
  • In-depth Q&A about Talent Outreach and Deals

Jim will provide all webinar attendees:

  • Actor Attachment Offer Template (downloadable)
  • Actor Offer Letter Template (downloadable)
  • Look Book Resource Link

 

 

About Your Instructor

Jim Young is a producer whose banner Animus Films has produced some of the industry's best indie films, including The Words with Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, Almost Friends, starring Freddie Highmore and Haley Joel Osment, Lovelace with Amanda Seyfried, and James Franco, and The Man Who Knew Infinity with Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.

Animus Films premiered The Catcher Was a Spy starring Paul Rudd which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Animus Films productions have released through:

  • Showtime
  • Paramount Pictures
  • CBS Films
  • Millennium Entertainment,
  • Image Entertainment.

His films have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Toronto Film Festival.

Credits include:
The man who knew infinityThe WordsLovelaceLife of a King

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