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• Creation of the legal entity (for example, an LLC, Corporation, Joint Venture) through which creative film, television, and web-based projects are made

Pre-Production development services include the drafting and negotiation of:

• Writer Agreements

• Director Agreements

• Producer Agreements

• Casting Agent Agreements

• Actor offer letters and negotiations

• Literary Option and Purchase Agreements

• Contracts

Production legal services include the drafting and negotiation of:

• Various producer agreements (co-producer, line producer, executive producer)

• Actor agreements for principal cast and day-players

• Contracts

• Key crew deal memos (director of photography agreements, production designer, editor, costume designer)

• Other crew deal memos, composer agreements, various general releases (appearance, depiction, extra, background), location agreements, photo and art releases

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Jonathan W. Hickman, PC, is a law firm dedicated to providing entertainment law services, principally focused on television and film.  As a filmmaker, attorney Jonathan W. Hickman has had extensive experience with all aspects of production including pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution phases.


As a long-time and accomplished entertainment journalist and published novelist, writing for various movie-related print and online publications (such as Paste Magazine and Entertainment Today), Jonathan’s interest in the entertainment industry naturally led him to offer his legal services to filmmakers.  Jonathan has appeared on television and continues to review movies for various print and online publications contributing weekly to the Tomatometer on rottentomatoes.com.  Jonathan is, also, a member of the Southeastfilm Critics Association (SEFCA).


Through his law firm, Jonathan has provided legal support to several feature, commercial, and short film projects.  His entertainment law experience includes everything from soup to nuts—creating the entity through which a film is made, drafting all deal memos and other contracts necessary to memorialize the steps in film production, and assisting in the deliverables for distribution.  And because Jonathan has made feature and commercial projects himself as a filmmaker, he is in a unique position to understand the entertainment law needs of filmmakers and film producers.

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