From Script to Screen: The Importance of Rights Documentation in the Distribution of Films introduces the novice filmmaker to the legal and business related issues needed to participate in what is now a well-structured global marketplace for films. It provides a broad overview of the principles and standards currently observed and practiced in the film industry at the international level. Readers should consult local copyright experts to gain a complete understanding of these issues in their respective countries.
Title: FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN: THE IMPORTANCE OF RIGHTS DOCUMENTATION IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF FILMS
Author: Rob Aft ‘88 is President of Compliance Consulting LLC, a Los Angeles based media finance and distribution consultancy currently serving a variety of clients including banks, law firms, producers, distributors, directors and talent guilds in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Mr. Aft headed distribution and sales at a number of independent film companies and recently executive produced Sony’s You Got Served : Beat the World.
Mr. Aft served seven terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA). He has taught film business courses at USC, UCLA Extension and Loyola Marymount University. His writings include a chapter on distribution for the third edition of The Movie Business Book, a major article on film banking for “Variety Deal Memo”, an analysis of the Nigerian film industry for “The Lagos Guardian” and The Rules of Attraction, an IFTA publication providing a framework for creating a production friendly community.
Mr. Aft is a frequent guest speaker at the USC and UCLA film schools as well as a participant on numerous industry panels including the 2011 OECD Experts Meeting on Trade in the Audiovisual Services and WIPO Workshops on Copyright for Film Professionals in Nigeria, Thailand, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mexico and the Philippines.
Publisher: World Intellectual Property Organization (August, 2011)
Description: 149 pages