BY:Steven C. Beer, Jake Levy and Neil J. Rosini
This Q&A was originally published in the Spring 2018 issue of Documentary magazine, a publication of the International Documentary Association, a nonprofit media arts organization based in Los Angeles.
Unlike all-rights distribution agreements, there is no customary time frame. These commitments can extend beyond 10 years or end on 90 days’ written notice. Producers are encouraged to negotiate brief, finite initial terms, which can be extended by mutual consent or performance such as achieving a designated sales benchmark.