Lawyer The Fuck Up
YOU’RE GOING TO NEED ONE AND YOU SHOULD USE ONE.
For employment contracts, most entertainment lawyers charge a 5% fee, so you don’t have to pay before the deal closes.
Find A Lawyer:
Be selective. Find someone you’re comfortable communicating with. This is a relationship you’re starting.
Here are some lists of entertainment lawyers and law firms:
see also: Entertainment Law Exposed on Clubhouse
Notes on Working With Entertainment Lawyers:
Ask Your Questions
- Once you have a lawyer you are going to work with on a regular basis, they tend to be pretty open to the occasional quick question. Don’t abuse their attention, but also don’t hesitate to call them when something feels sketchy.
- Calling to ask, “should I sign this?” takes 2 minutes on the phone and can save you millions of dollars in lost revenue.
- If they’re not open to infrequent quick consults, or they ignore you or bill you for every second of their time, you may want to find a different lawyer.
Don’t Release Me
- Most entertainment lawyers will advise you not to sign those rights-grabby submission release waiver whatever forms a lot of agents, managers, producers, and competitions often require new screenwriters to send before they’ll look at an “unsolicited” script.
- Once you’re properly represented, whenever someone asks you to send them a script, you should be able to just email them the PDF and copy your lawyer (see note below) the same way you would when represented by an agent or manager. As a client of an established entertainment lawyer, you do in fact have representation.
Note: ABSOLUTELY DO NOT try to fake having an entertainment lawyer to submit materials. It will not end well. It’s a small fucking town.