Production Agreement

A contract for the production of a film or other media production.



A Production Agreement, also sometimes called a Film Production Agreement, Music Production Agreement, Movie Production Agreement, or Video Production Agreement, is a specific type of Service Agreement whereby one entity, the production services provider (or producer), contracts to produce an art or media project for the client, for example, when a client commissions a film production company to produce a company video.

A Production Agreement is important to record the required specifications (i.e. for movies, the type of film it needs to be shot on, or specific sound software that music needs to be mixed on), other essential terms and payment details for the media production that will be provided. As a result of this agreement, both parties will know what to expect.

This agreement covers a thorough range of clauses, including:

  • the media production that will be produced and the timeline in which this will happen;
  • the fees that will be paid to the production company and the timing and structure of payment;
  • the obligations and warranties of the producer when working on the project;
  • intellectual-property provisions regarding the IP rights in the material produced; and
  • termination of the agreement.

This agreement also makes reference to the production budget and the production schedule, which you will need to include with the agreement. Don’t have a budget or schedule yet? There are many useful templates freely available online.

This Production Agreement should be used when two parties are looking to enter into a production agreement with each other, regardless of what the specific production is for. This agreement can be used for any kind of art or media project and will outline the details of the parties’ relationship and understanding.


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