Film distribution agreements
The purpose of film distribution agreements, often complex and detailed, is to enable the distributor to represent the film and manage its theatrical release to the wider public through key international markets, whilst protecting the producer’s legal rights to the film.
For instance, the producer often retains the right to make edits or cuts to the film for the purposes of distribution.
The producer often seeks to secure a sufficient level of commitment from the distributor to promote the film, whilst the distributor assumes responsibility for ensuring that the film reaches wider audiences through effective advertising and marketing. Ultimately, both parties should profit, as the owner and distributor receive income from the sale of the film.