Navigating the rights minefield: business affairs and copyright... with Ben Green

17 Mar 2022, 14:00-16:00
Application deadline
7 Mar 2022

This session is part of the ‘Mind Your Business’ strand which offers training in a range of finance, HR and business affairs related areas, giving you the tools you need to thrive in your chosen field in unscripted TV.

A practical session covering the essentials of ‘Rights’ and Business Affairs, offering TV and other content production professionals and trainees both awareness and guidance when navigating the complexity of rights and intellectual property.

Designed to give attendees a broad knowledge and respect for the various rights within any sound or audio-visual programme or recording, it includes tips and advice on ‘clearance’ of existing third-party copyright material (and when clearance may not be required), Risk Assessment, things to watch out for and finding alternative material.

Who it's for

Producers/Assistant Producers, Production Managers and Co-Ordinators, Programme Assistant staff and anyone needing to know more about Rights and Business Affairs, and/or who has to negotiate rights on a regular basis.  

What it covers

  • What are Rights? What does ‘Business Affairs’ cover
  • Copyright – the basics, ‘Exceptions’
  • Breakdown of Programme / Contributor Rights
  • Contracting and ‘clearances’ of existing copyright (from early development through to production, and why clearance is necessary).
  • Framework Agreements
  • Fair Dealing & Risk Assessment
  • Difficult areas, and advice on alternatives
  • Investment, Co-Production Agreements & Collaborations.
  • Distribution

This session is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from broadcasters, SVoDs and production companies.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration. 

This course would normally cost participants to attend, but thanks to funding from the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund, we are able to offer it to you for free. If you fail to attend, we reserve the right to request reimbursement of costs, unless your place can be taken by someone else.



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