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Old 09-29-2019, 07:22 PM   #1
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So I was sent this release form by a local Prod Co. Just wondering if this is pretty much par for the course?

The use of the word - 'Identical' bothers me. As well as the clause around protected and unprotected material, which is slightly obtuse.

Would you guys be comfortable signing this?

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Old 09-30-2019, 03:48 PM   #2
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I've been lucky enough to not have to sign one of these things...

...Signing anything but a deal contract makes me squirmy.

Good luck!
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Old 09-30-2019, 04:40 PM   #3
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Thanks. Definitely not keen on it. Feels like the price to even be considered is to give someone license to steal your stuff!
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:32 PM   #4
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I didn't click on the link and I'm already at HELL NO.
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:52 PM   #5
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I actually don't think it looks too fishy - mostly standard language.

I don't know much about the Canadian market but if they've produced legit stuff and have a decent reputation then I think you're safe to sign.
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Old 09-30-2019, 06:55 PM   #6
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Cool. Thanks a mill! That's very reassuring. They've done mostly small stuff afaik. But worth a punt probably.
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:31 AM   #7
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I didn't click on the link and I'm already at HELL NO.
I would like to be able to feel the same. But what other choice do you have when you are trying to break through and these are the barriers that are everywhere?
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:44 AM   #8
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As long as it doesn't lock you into a deal with them, you're fine. IMO. You have your email trail. BUT I'M NO LAWYER, SO.....

I just don't GET the point of these releases (I do but I don't. No one asks reps to sign this crap). I've never signed one.
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Old 10-01-2019, 11:06 AM   #9
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You just have to hold your nose and sign unless you think they seem shady.

As a writer trying to break in, your job is to get read, not create obstacles to your success.
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Old 10-01-2019, 11:46 AM   #10
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I don't want to note something folks already know, but no one asks real reps to sign releases since there is a much greater guarantee the rep and the rep's clients aren't going to try to sue or do anything bad due to the fear of burning a relationship, of course. Goes both ways. If a company screws over a reputable/established agency's client(s) how many more projects will be sent to that company in the future? Not saying it hasn't ever happened, but generally not going to. Both sides need each other in the long run. Companies sort of expect a rep to monitor and manage their client.

People in the industry operate out of "fear" and no one wants to burn relationships they will need later on. But unknowns and people outside the business are wild cards with nothing to lose.

I've worked for producers and have asked a writer's "rep" to sign a release, if we didn't know them. Why? Because again, we weren't necessarily expecting an ongoing relationship with them and didn't want to deal with some outsider who'd go crazy, even though nothing wrong would ever be done. ICM, CAA, UTA, Gersh, William Morris (at the time), sure. Fine, no problem. We'd get scripts from them monthly. But not some rep or even lawyer from the mid-west we'd never heard of. Nothing against the mid-west, BTW.

If your rep is out here in LA and wants to continue to do business with companies, etc. then they are not going to be suing people left & right nor "allow" their clients to. Word would get out fast and no one would accept their submissions any more. Who needs that headache or worry? Two volcano movies. Two asteroid films. Multiple shark attacking people films. Werewolves and vampire projects galore. Etc.

Yes, get your material read. But still, be a little careful -- not paranoid -- with what companies you are dealing with who might try to pull a fast one on you. Not every company or deal leads to success, obviously.
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