by Richard D. Freiman on Oct. 14, 2018

Industry Specialties Entertainment Business  Contract 

Summary: Introduction to Talent Attachment Agreements

If you are a producer and you are pitching a project to studios/networks/financing entities, you probably feel that you’ll have a stronger chance of setting up the project if you have a talent attachment agreement with name talent.  Most likely you will not have the money to present a “pay or play deal” (meaning the talent gets paid whether or not the project gets set up) so you ask the talent if he/she would be willing to be willing to sign a talent attachment agreement, thereby having the talent’s name connected with your project. Your talent attachment agreement will generally state that you as the producer are developing and trying to set-up the project and if that project is set up and the studio/network/financing entity approves, you will then negotiate a deal with the talent named in your talent attachment agreement.  As you can see, in this talent attachment agreement nothing is definite.  There is no definite statement that the talent will be hired if the project is set up and no definite compensation (fixed or otherwise) for the talent that is agreed to. Due to the fact that there are important matters in your talent attachment agreement that are not definite, if your project moves forwards you could begin your descent into a legal nightmare.  What if the deal is contingent on the talent being part of the project and the talent claims that your talent attachment agreement is not a valid contract.  Can you compel the talent to be in the project? The information in this article does not constitute nor is it intended to constitute legal advice.


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