The Biz, 6th edition

The Basic Business, Legal and Financial Aspects of the Film Industry in a Digital World

Available October 1, 2023

6x9 paper
Silman-James Press

Today’s film industry is a legal and financial obstacle course that independent filmmakers must learn to master. The most comprehensive guide to negotiating that obstacle course is The Biz, a highly accessible overview of the industry’s important business, legal, and financial aspects.

Filled with industry-savvy advice, it clearly explains:

  • raising financing
  • business structuring
  • securities laws
  • budgeting essentials
  • loans
  • completion guarantees
  • distribution deals
  • dealing with the guilds
  • screen credits and talent demands
  • video on demand
  • artificial intelligence
  • virtual reality and the metaverse
  • copyright, publicity, and trademark laws
  • litigation problems
  • film-industry accounting practices and contingent payments
  • calculating net profits
  • bankruptcy
  • taxation of film companies
  • film-industry business jargon

   …and much more, including many useful sample forms and agreements

This thoroughly updated 6th Edition includes new sections on securities laws, artificial intelligence, defamation, union strikes, non-fungible tokens, virtual reality content, fair use, protections afforded expressive works, accounting riders, and tax audits.

About Schuyler M. Moore

Schuyler M. Moore is a partner in the corporate entertainment department of the law firm Greenberg Glusker, LLP. He has been practicing entertainment industry law since 1981, representing a broad spectrum of clients, including producers, sales agents, foreign distributors, and financiers. Moore is the author of Taxation of the Entertainment Industry and What They Don't Teach You in Law School. He is a frequent speaker and writer on entertainment subjects, and he was an adjunct professor at both the UCLA Law School and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. The Hollywood Reporter consistently lists Moore as one of the top 100 entertainment lawyers .
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