The Independent Filmmaker/Producer/Investor must make certain that she/he/they have ownership of the Copyright in the script/material that is used in her/his/their Project.
A Certificate of Authorship is a common delivery item given to the Distributor by the Producer. The Certificate of Authorship certifies the identity of the Copyright Owner of the Script. This document is one of the documents that make up the “chain-of-title,” which are the contracts that vest all rights in a motion picture in the producer.
If the Script was written by a Writer on his own behalf, and then “sold” to a Producer, the initial Copyright Owner would be the Writer. In this instance, the Producer would require the Writer to assign or transfer the Project Rights to the Script to the Producer.
This Agreement between the independent Writer and the Producer is drafted in plain English that is easy to read and comprehend. This is a three page, eleven clause legal Agreement. The Agreement may be filled in on your computer or printed out and filled in later.
We regularly receive feedback that we have successfully drafted our filmmaker contracts to be as complete as possible for all legal situations. However, should you experience a unique personal situation requiring the drafting of a special clause, please contact us at your convenience. Otherwise, you may be obliged to find a local entertainment lawyer experienced in the film making industry who will draft any and all other clauses for your Project’s unique situation or circumstance.
This Agreement is part of the Actor’s Deal, the Director’s Deal, the
Producer’s Deal, and the Investor’s Deal.