Monthly Archives: June 2012

Chain of Title: What it is, why it matters.

What is Chain of Title?

Put simply, Chain of Title is the paper trail that establishes a person or company’s right to take proposed action with respect to a piece of property.   The “chain” runs from the present owner back to the original owner of the property in question.

In the entertainment industries, this means a series of documents that establish that a producer owns or controls the right to produce a film, tv-show, play, musical, or what-have-you based on particular material.

Typically the chain of title consists of the rights-agreements between the creators of any Continue Reading

Independent Contractor vs. Employee – misclassification can cost entertainment industry employers dearly.

Lately, I’ve had several conversations with clients about whether the folks they hire to work on their films and theatre projects are properly classified as employees or independent contractors. It’s an important distinction, and one that can have costly consequences if not handled properly. California Law imposes strict penalties for misclassifying employees as independent contractors.… Continue Reading

Asked and Answered: Is my friend a co-author/collaborator?

Q:  Scott asks: I’ve written two screenplays to completion and am starting on my third.  A friend of mine wants to help collaborate on the project. He has never written anything before and probably wouldn’t contribute to any of the actual writing.  Instead, he would help by providing second party insight/ideas on the material I… Continue Reading

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