Understanding the Business of Entertainment

The Legal and Business Essentials All Filmmakers Should Know

Understanding the Business of Entertainment: The Legal and Business Essentials All Filmmakers Should Know is a guide to the legal and business aspects of the entertainment industry. The book covers essential topics in a thorough but reader-friendly manner and includes plenty of real-world examples that bring business and legal concepts to life. Topics include:

• copyright
• First Amendment law
• Hollywood’s growth and the current conglomerates that own most of the media
• how studios develop projects, manage production, and engage in marketing and distribution
• the kinds of revenues studios earn and how they account to filmmakers for these revenues
• the specifics of entertainment contracts


Greg Bernstein is an associate professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Praise for this book

Bernstein deftly takes complex topics and describes them in every-day language, allowing the reader to grasp issues such as music sync licenses, First Amendment law, union agreements with the studios, studio development of motion picture projects, net and gross profits, and more. The topics, which might seem dry bordering on parched in a less-adept writer, are here presented in a conversational way that avoids getting lost in detail ... "Understanding the Business of Entertainment" provides a strong foundation for understanding the business of American entertainment.

Brian Gabriel Cartoonbrew.com
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Taylor & Francis

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