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Negotiating Agreements in Reality Television

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July 8, 2014

Reality television is a new growing area in the entertainment industry. Although the area is flexible due to lack of sufficient history, three types of reality television agreements exist: 1) writer agreements, 2) performer agreements and 3) content creator/producer agreements.

Each of the above-named agreements have their own deal points that must be carefully negotiated to avoid pitfalls and confusion in the future. For example, although it would appear that writer agreements are non-scripted, writers are engaged to create dialogue, scenarios, sketches, plot outlines, synopses, routines, and other narratives for the shows. Agreement depends on type of services required, whether or not the contract is subject to Guild regulations, and other factors such as writer’s quote and budget of the program.


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