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This Talent Agreement is between a performer and a production company who desires to hire performer for a specific role. This form sets out the specifics including the role to be played and the compensation the performer will be paid.

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This Talent Agreement is between a performer/talent and a production company who wants to hire the performer for a role in a motion picture. This agreement sets out the specific terms of the arrangement including the role the performer will play, term of the agreement and the compensation the performer will be paid. It also contains provisions regarding the company's rights to use performer's name and likeness for promotional and advertising purposes. The terms of this type of business arrangement should always be clearly spelled out in writing. A written Talent Agreement will prove invaluable in the event there are disagreements, misunderstandings or litigation between the parties.

This Talent Agreement contains the following provisions:
  • Parties: Names of both the production company and the performer (also known as "talent");
  • Motion Picture Role: Title of the motion picture and the role the performer will play;
  • Term: The exact dates of the agreement (also referred to as production period);
  • Compensation: The compensation to be paid to performer and under what conditions it will be paid;
  • Rights and Obligations: Detailed list of the rights and obligations of both the production company and performer, including call times, on call and rehearsal times;
  • Likeness: Performer grants production company the rights to use his or her name, likeness and biographical information for advertising and promotion of the motion picture;
  • Signatures: A representative of the production company and the performer/talent must sign this agreement.

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This attorney-prepared package includes:
  1. General Information
  2. Instructions and Checklist
  3. Talent Agreement
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Talent Agreement 











This Packet Includes:
1.  General Information
2.  Instructions and Checklist
3.  Talent Agreement











General Information
Talent Agreement 

This Talent Agreement is between a performer and a production company who will hire the performer for a role in a motion picture.  This agreement sets out the specifics of the arrangement including the role which the performer will play, the term of the agreement and the compensation the performer will be paid.  It also contains provisions regarding each party's rights and obligations and the company's right to use performer's name and likeness for promotional and advertising purposes.  

This type of business agreement should always be set forth in writing and not left to oral interpretation.  A well-written Talent Agreement will prove invaluable if there are disagreements or miscommunication between the parties as to the performer's role in the motion picture.

  



Instructions and Checklist


Talent Agreement

   The parties should read the agreement carefully.

   Insert all requested information in the spaces provided on the form.

     The parties should both clearly understand the terms of this agreement.  If there are provisions which are ambiguous, set forth examples to clarify any ambiguity.  

     The "Compensation" provision should be read carefully.  If disagreements occur, they will likely focus on this provision.

     This form contains the basic terms and language that should be included in similar agreements.   

     This agreement must be signed by the talent and the production company.  

   The parties should retain either an original or copy of the signed agreement.

   All legal documents should be kept in a safe location such as a fireproof safe or safe deposit box.  




   




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TALENT AGREEMENT

THIS AGREEMENT made this ________ day of ___________________, 20__ by and between ___________________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as “Company) and ______________________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as “Talent”).

RECITALS:

A.   Company is in the business of developing, producing and marketing motion pictures.  Companys first full-length feature film, __________________, was in production from _______________. Talent auditioned, was cast, and accepted a role as a character in ___________________________.

B.   Company is investing considerable time and energy and has and will continue to incur substantial financial responsibilities related to the production, exhibition, distribution, marketing and sale of _________.  Company anticipates that its efforts will result in widespread notoriety for _____________.  Talent has, and is willing to, continue to invest considerable time and energy towards the successful production of ___________.

I.  TERM

A.   This Agreement is in effect from at least _____________ to ______________ (hereinafter referred to as the “Production Period).
1.    Talent agrees to be available to Company for filming that takes place after the Production Period for purposes of completing production (hereinafter referred to as “pick-up shots”) and for promotional appearances.
a. If and when Talent becomes unavailable to Company for pick-up shots and/or promotional appearances, Talent must notify Company, in writing, certified, return receipt requested, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the time that Talent is to become unavailable.

II. COMPENSATION

A.   It is agreed that Talent will receive no compensation at the time of the signing of this Agreement and the delivery of services.
1.  It is understood that Company is not guaranteed to realize profits from this production, exhibition, distribution, rental, lease or sale of ________. Should Company realize profits which exceed the cost of production and distribution, however, Talent shall be compensated in an amount not to exceed _________ ($____).

III.   RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

A.    Company shall provide Talent with updated scheduling information and production materials.
B.    Talent shall be present, prompt and prepared at “call times” , all times while “on call” and for meetings/rehearsals as specified by or agreed to by the Production Manager, Director or their designee(s).
1.    Talent understands that great financial burdens may be borne by Company as a result of Talents failure to be present, prompt and prepared as required.
2.    Talent understands that incapacity, death or impossibility are the only acceptable justifications for failure to meet their obligations under this Agreement.
3.    Talent shall notify Company immediately upon the occurrence of incapacity or impossibility, or as soon as possible thereafter.

IV.   UNIQUENESS

A.    It is understood that Talent has been selected to play the character assigned due to Talents uniqueness, hence, his/her performance cannot be substituted by another.
1.   Talent shall be liable for damages caused by their failures to perform the role designated by Director and accepted by Talent under this Agreement.

V.   LIKENESS

A. Talent grants to Company the right to use his/her name, likeness, voice and biographical information for production, promotional, publicity and advertising purposes.
1.  Talent understands that all materials subject to this section are the property of Company.
2.    If applicable, Talents screen credit shall read as follows:___________________.

VI.   JURISDICTION

A.    This Agreement is entered into and is to be governed and construed under the laws of the State of ________. The courts of the State of __________ shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any claims arising out of this Agreement.

VII. ENTIRETY

A.   This is the entire understanding of the parties. This Agreement shall not be amended, in part or in full, in any way except by a writing signed by the parties to this Agreement and specifically referring hereto.

SIGNED:

_____________________________      _____________________________
Talent                  Social Security Number
_____________________________
Date of Birth
___________________________________________________
Full Address and area code phone number(s)

SIGNED

__________________________________________________
Production Company Agent


Number of Pages6
DimensionsDesigned for Letter Size (8.5" x 11")
EditableYes (.doc, .wpd and .rtf)
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