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Non-SAG actors can leave their chords in a cast-deal memo, similar to the memo agreeing to crew members. A cast deal memo is a unilateral agreement that contains contact information, work obligations, compensation conditions and other amenities that are made available to individual actors, such as travel and accommodation costs and, if applicable, reimbursement. A cast-deal memo for a non-SAG actor will also indicate the type of credit the actor will receive and whether the actor`s member will be paid for the subsequent use of his images or image for future promotion of the film. Since these players are not represented by a union such as SAG, they enjoy relatively little protection: non-SAG actors negotiate their contractual terms of work with less bargaining power and legal knowledge than an SAG actor or its representative. Preproduction refers to the time of a film before production and filming begins, when the film`s directors complete the rights and script, obtain financing, assemble the cast and crew and prepare for production. The early stages of preproduction are often referred to as “development.” The development phase can take many years, as the rights are acquired and the occupation and crew are slowly assembled. The agreements that are often required during this period are those for acquiring rights, developing the script and adjusting the authors to finalize the script. Rights purchase contracts, option agreements, employment contracts or cooperation and co-production agreements are among the many types of contracts required to hire talented people to develop a production scenario. An option agreement is a contractual agreement in which a producer acquires the right to purchase a script from a writer or other owner. Unlike the rights purchase agreement, which is a lump sum purchase of a property, an option contract is not in fact the acquisition of the right to use the scenario. Instead, the producer acquires the “exclusive right to sell” at a later date, when the producer secures the financing. Option agreements are generally used to “freeze” a property, allowing the producer more time for more research and exploration of other means related to the production of the film.

Options are generally cheaper than rights sales contracts, such as writers are often happy to get a few thousand dollars for their work. In two specific cases, a Writer agreement may be required. One of the reasons a producer would use an author`s arrangement is that a producer has an idea for a film (for example. B based on a book or a Broadway play) and wants to turn this idea into a screenplay. A producer would use a writer`s arrangement to formally hire the writer`s services to put his idea (or “property”) in a script. Another reason why a writer`s approval would be used is that the producer wants to hire a screenwriter to rewrite a definitive script.