I was a victim of a crime which made national then international news. One of my assailants was a famous con-artist who had a movie made about his life of crime before. A production company signed me to a contract on a project wherein I'm the "artist" & a "Producer". We interviewed directors & hired a seasoned documentarian w/9 Emmys to his credit. In 2 weeks, we are going to interviews w/Netflix, Amazon, Lifetime & Oxygen to name a few who've expressed an interest in this project.. I don't know anything about this whole process yet since this story's about my life & my ordeal, I need someone (an atty?) who's an advocate of mine & vested in my best interest. I want this project to truthfully reflect my ordeal; not have things changed for theatric value. The production company is on my side as best they can be, but see this as their project; they've warned me that I might not like changes as they occur. The directors all over the place & is dismissive of me as if I'm peripheral to this project. I feel I need a legal advocate who can champion my rights once this project is picked up & we proceed with its development. Can an atty be hired for a project like this?
Yes! A good entertainment attorney will review your life story option agreement and be sure your option payments are made in full and on time, are non-returnable and non-recoupable; coach you standard industry compensation for various rights and roles, financing, creative control and approvals over script, casting, etc. Your personal entertainment attorney is an advocate for you in the purchase of your story rights; s/he can help protect your privacy, evaluate subsidiary offers, review contracts with agents, writers, co-producers, directors, actors, etc. to protect your rights as much as possible, and to help you navigate the treacherous waters of television or feature film production.
Interview a few, ask their experience and how much they charge. Ask for references. Good luck!
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Without a doubt. But his or her ability to get you what you seek will be limited by the terms of your agreement.
Hire a lawyer quickly.
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It's advisable that you have advice from your own attorney. You might even ask for a non-refundable advance to pay them.
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This is the type of work that almost any competent entertainment Law firm does on a regular basis. And there is no question that you should see a local entertainment lawyer with experience in the area.
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