Lawyer for Indie Media | Sue Basko
You need a lawyer to pitch your show. If someone likes it, you will need a production agreement. You also need internal contracts for your business. You will also need to review gaming rules. If you are lucky and the show is picked up, there will be production, distribution, licensing and merchandising, and syndication contracts. Since many of these contracts will be presented by those with whom you will be entering into contracts, you need a lawyer who can read and negotiate contracts, as well as write them. You might want to go with a law firm, which will charge you a lot of money. Or you might want to go with a solo practitioner. In the course of being involved in getting the TV show off the ground, you should be asking around about good lawyers, good producers, good directors, a good show runner. Word of mouth is a good method.
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