300 pages | 5 B/W Illus.
This revised edition of Understanding the Business of Media Entertainment is an indispensable guide to the business aspects of the entertainment industry, providing the information you need to break in and to succeed.
Written in a clear and engaging tone, the second edition of this book covers the essential topics in a thorough but reader-friendly manner and includes plenty of real-world examples that bring business and legal concepts to life, such as the growing clout of digital companies and the rise of streaming providers like Netflix and Amazon, the transformation of independent film development and distribution, and changes to the media ownership landscape. Award-winning screenwriter and entertainment attorney Gregory Bernstein gives an insider's look at the filmmaking business, from copyright law and government media regulation to development, distribution, revenue, the role of agents, managers, and unions, entertainment contracts, and more.
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"Whether you’re already in the business, or on the outside and looking in trying to make sense of the dizzying elements, this is an easy to read and comprehensive book from an expert who masterfully illuminates the fundamentals. As a screenwriter himself, Greg has now completed the task of weaving together the story of production as a business with the enabling elements that come before and after the cameras roll."
—Jeffrey Ulin, Author, The Business of Media Distribution: Monetizing Film, TV and Video Content in an Online World
Section 1 – Law and Entertainment
Chapter 1: Copyright Law
Chapter 2: Music Copyright
Chapter 3: Copyright and Piracy
Chapter 4: International Copyright
Chapter 5: First Amendment Law
Section 2 – Entertainment Companies: Growth and Power
Chapter 6: The FCC and Government Regulation of the Media
Chapter 7: Media Growth and Ownership
Chapter 8: Unions, Agents and Managers
Section 3 – What Studios Do
Chapter 9: Development
Chapter 10: Distribution
Section 4 – Money and Contracts
Chapter 11: Gross and Net Proceeds
Chapter 12: Entertainment Contracts
Chapter 13: Independent Film Development, Financing, Contracts and Distribution
Section 5 - Voices
Chapter 14: Making It Into the Business