Film and Television

Rodriques Law, PLLC counsels content creators and providers across all forms of media in strategizing, structuring, and negotiating complex deals ranging from branded content to new ways to create great content and distribute it. These deals certainly include stuff like film, television series or documentary production, product placement, advertiser-sponsored programming, celebrity endorsements, funding of independent content creation and domestic or worldwide distribution. We counsel clients to have a solution for every screen, whether as content owner or distributor.

 

We help our clients raise capital. The organization and professional presentation of key documents, such as financial statements, can be vital to driving the fundraising process, improving buyer confidence and meeting investor expectations. We help clients put together their film package and manage their crowdfunding operations.

 

When contemplating submitting an idea for a new product or an improvement to an existing product to a company that may be interested in purchasing or licensing it, individuals or companies must consider taking appropriate precautions to protect the idea and/or receive compensation. We counsel our clients on submitting their ideas to third parties. We help our clients to protect their idea during the submission process and maximize the likelihood of a valid claim for compensation in the event the entity receiving the submission adopts their idea.

Explore Our Service

Film

Rodriques Law, PLLC provides counsel, advice and representation in all aspects of the motion picture business. We serve our clients in both the creative and the business aspects of development, production, content licensing, distribution and ancillary exploitation transactions, including corporate sale or purchase of independent motion picture production companies and film libraries, securing talent and compliance with applicable state, federal and local laws and agencies.

Our client base includes:

  • Producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and other talent
  • Production companies and distributors
  • Emerging creative digital and media companies

Our areas of representation include:

  • Film financing, including angel investments, hedge funds, production loans and film tax credits
  • Service deals, traditional acquisition and “Splice” theatrical agreements
  • Private P&A (Print and Advertising) investors agreements
  • Drafting of offering memoranda (PPMs)
  • Crowdfunding campaigns
  • Literary Option, literary purchase, life story rights (Life Rights), writing services and adaptation agreements
  • Submission of idea agreement
  • Nondisclosure agreements
  • Independent contractor agreement
  • Talent services agreement
  • Insurance, including Errors and Omissions (E&O)
  • Guild Signatory agreements
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Production risk management
  • Formation of production companies
  • Chain of title review, title report and script clearance
  • Distribution agreements

Television

Rodriques Law, PLLC provides counsel, advice and representation in all aspects of the television business. We counsel new filmmakers or producers pursuing scripted television, helping them to partner with a top showrunner to get their original ideas off the ground. In addition, we counsel clients in adapting existing IP (intellectual property) like books, films, documentaries or video games into television series ideas, including web series.

The firm’s client base includes:

  • Writers, directors, producers and other talent
  • Production companies and distributors

Rodriques Law, PLLC’s areas of representation include:

  • Production, co-production and participation agreements
  • Independent TV program development and financing for nonscripted, scripted, live action and animated series and mini-series, including television motion pictures and documentaries
  • Original content for the Internet and mobile, social and video platforms, including webisodes, VR (Virtual Reality), 360 video and next-generation smart watches
  • Product integration and branding
  • Talk shows
  • Syndicated television
  • Indie distribution, including cable, satellite, pay-per-view, home video and digital distribution channels
  • Options and acquisitions of properties
  • Rights and music clearances
  • Business plans and market plans
  • Ancillary rights agreements

Production Agreements and Documents

Rodriques Law, PLLC’s Production Counsel services include:

  • Writer, Director, Producer, Actor, including Principal, Day Player, Weekly Player, Minor, Stunt Performer agreements and Nudity Riders
  • Casting Director agreements
  • Key Crew or Department Head, including Designer, Director of Photography, Production Designer and Editor agreements
  • Post Supervisor agreements
  • Crew Deal Memos
  • Location agreements and Releases
  • Clearance agreements, including Artwork Release, Product Release, Film Clip License and Still Photo Release
  • Product Placement agreements
  • Music Supervisor, Music Licenses (Master Use and Synchronization) and Music Composer agreements
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Copyright Registration Certificate
  • Assignment of Mortgage and Copyright
  • Paid Ad Credit Statements
  • Dubbing Restrictions Memos
  • Breach of contract claims