Despite the fact most film studios and major production companies have their own distribution company affiliates in one form or another, independent production companies due to lack of adequate wherewithal have to rely on outside distribution entities. One of the most salient agreements independent production companies have to initially negotiate with such "outside" entities, most probably, is a "short form" distribution agreement. This article explores some of the most salient provisions of such agreements, to some extent, including but not limited to rights, obligations of the participants, division of receipts and expenses.
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