Film Contracts & Templates: What You Need To Know

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Jordan Barel

Webinar hosted by: Jordan Barel

Producer, Publisher at Loaded Barrel Studios

Jordan Barel began his career as a short filmmaker before creating his own entertainment company, Loaded Barrel Studios, publishing graphic novels. His work has won numerous international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. His studio currently tours around the country and sells their graphic novels in several languages around the world. The company was founded as a way to translate comics to films, leading Jordan to option his books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan, Brendan Deneen, Jeffrey Erb, and Aaron Berger. He’s developed at studios such as Chatrone, Unique Features, and Leomark Studios in the independent film space. Currently, several of his books are optioned to film companies. Previously Jordan was an Entertainment Attorney who has worked in Business Affairs for New Line Cinema, Generate, Alloy, and AMC. He switched from legal to creative and served as the Television Coordinator for Verve Talent & Literary Agency working with all of the company’s TV writers on their pitches and presentations for staffing season. Currently, Jordan works in development for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures in their comedy and TV department. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

In this Stage 32 Next Level webinar, Jordan Barel (Development, for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures) will teach you paragraph by paragraph exactly what is included in the standard film contract. He will cover three different types of contracts: purchase agreement, option agreement, and negative pickup. Jordan will discuss terms in both a legal and practical matter so that you get the information needed to be prepared to negotiate your next agreement. Such things will include material and boilerplate terms, what can or can't be negotiated, and how lawyers themselves will be reading and reviewing your agreement.

This will be an in-depth legal discussion walking you through each sentence of a standard purchase and option agreement. You'll also use template agreements as examples to give you a better sense of what these agreements should look like.
 
 
 
**All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about certain types of contracts within the entertainment industry. The information presented is not legal advice and is not to be acted on as such, please consult your lawyer for issues specific to your contract.

What You'll Learn

"Very informative and complex concepts were broken down so folks without a law degree could understand them." - Elisha B.

 

Topics Covered:

  • Types of Contracts
    • Purchase Agreement - When someone buys your script
    • Option Agreement - when someone buys the right to develop your script
    • Negative Pickup - when someone buys your film (producers only)
  • Clauses
    • Standard - basic contract language
    • Material - the language you need to look out for
    • Boilerplate - comes with every contract (but there are still traps!)
  • Negotiations
    • What can you negotiate?
    • What can't you negotiate?
  • Questions
    • What to ask to find the red flags before signing
    • What to ask for based on your specific needs
  • Attorney
    • When to call one in
    • When to save your money
    • What are templates?
  • Examples
    • Option Purchase Sample Agreement
    • Option & Literary Purchase Agreement
    • Option & Purchase Agreement - Underlying Rights
    • Motion Picture Writer Agreement
    • Sample Work-Made-For-Hire Agreement

 

  • Q&A with Jordan!

About Your Instructor

Jordan Barel began his career as a short filmmaker before creating his own entertainment company, Loaded Barrel Studios, publishing graphic novels. His work has won numerous international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. His studio currently tours around the country and sells their graphic novels in several languages around the world.

The company was founded as a way to translate comics to films, leading Jordan to option his books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan, Brendan Deneen, Jeffrey Erb, and Aaron Berger. He’s developed at studios such as Chatrone, Unique Features, and Leomark Studios in the independent film space. Currently, several of his books are optioned to film companies.

Previously Jordan was an Entertainment Attorney who has worked in Business Affairs for New Line Cinema, Generate, Alloy, and AMC. He switched from legal to creative and served as the Television Coordinator for Verve Talent & Literary Agency working with all of the company’s TV writers on their pitches and presentations for staffing season.

Currently, Jordan works in development for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures in their comedy and TV department.

FAQs

Q: What is the format of a webinar?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

Testimonials

"Very informative and complex concepts were broken down so folks without a law degree could understand them." - Elisha B.

Questions?

If you have a generic question about Stage 32 education you can take a look at our frequently asked questions section on our help page, or feel free to contact support with any other inquiries you might have.
 

Reviews Average Rating: 4 out of 5

  • This webinar reiterates for me the importance in hiring an entertainment attorney who will wade through those contracts.
  • Little all over the place, but generally okay. For those who are not used to "legal speak", this probably came down to "get yourself a lawyer" - plain and simple. But it can be helpful to those individuals with some legal knowledge in highlighting and explaining certain areas of the contract world as done by Jordan.

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