Attachment Agreements in Entertainment Projects
An Attachment Agreement is an essential agreement for almost any film, pilot, or any other type of medium or large scale production. Attachment Agreements secure key talent such as actors to an intended production.
Attachment FundamentalsAn Attachment Agreement is a contract set up between a producer and a talent. It is an agreement which commits the talent to the project under certain specific conditions. Once an Attachment Agreement is in place, the producer can more confidently go and find a financier, a network, a studio or other production company to develop or produce the project.
Talent Attachment Agreement ElementsAttachment Agreements have the basics of any contract, which are fundamentally an exchange of promises. In Attachment, the talent agrees to "Attach" themselves to a script/pilot/show/concept, and in return, the project developer agrees to pay the talent at a set rate or give them something else in return. Sometimes talent are induced to enter an Attachment Agreement with an upfront payment, other times with a negotiated salary or profit participation. Financiers need confidence that key talent are committed to participate in a project before investing. Accordingly, attachment agreement are the critical agreement which create this security in a project investment and therefore are vital to the packaging and pitching of concepts to developers and distribution partners. Furthermore, it sets the circumstances such as timeline, pay scale, and other credits and participation by the named actor or talent who has agreed to 'attach' themselves to a project. Besides compensation, aspects of end credits, travel, or other conditions may appear in an attachment agreements.
The Value and Necessity of Attachment AgreementsSimply put, shows/scripts/projects need more than just words on paper. They need people. Preferably, skilled, experienced, talented and ideally famous people for key on camera roles. The more you can demonstrate that skilled people are attached and committed to a project, the easier it is to get the project properly financed. Put yourself in an investors shoes, what would you prefer to invest in?
To develop, negotiate, and execute successful Attachment Agreements it is advisable to seek the counsel of an experienced entertainment attorney. Best of Luck in Your Entertainment Ventures!