16 Tips For Negotiating International Film Distribution

Law360, New York (June 6, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT) -- Filmmakers fortunate enough to receive distribution offers for their films are often confronted with having to evaluate complex licensing agreements. These agreements can bewilder those unfamiliar with the customs and practices of the movie industry. Many filmmakers rely on their attorneys to negotiate these deals.

From the point of view of licensing films internationally, the world is divided into two territories. North America comprises Canada and the U.S. and is often referred to as the "domestic" territory. The rest of the world is known as "foreign." American filmmakers typically contract with foreign sales agents to license their films abroad. Foreign sales...

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