Film Distribution and Licensing Forms

Get your movies to market with these template Film Distribution and Licensing Contracts. Affordable, downloadable forms which are fully editable and easy to customize for your production.

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Broadcast License Agreement for TV and Internet

Grant a license to cable and satellite networks to show a movie on television and online with this TV and Internet Broadcast License Agreement.

  • The motion picture distributor grants the licensee the right to distribute and broadcast its films via basic cable, pay TV, subscription TV, pay per view, satellite and internet transmission.
  • The licensee will have the authority to edit the motion pictures as required to comply with censorship requirements, to translate and dub the soundtrack, and to create derivative versions of the pictures.
  • As consideration for the rights granted, the licensee will pay a specified license fee for each film. The agreement contains an alternate provision under which the licensee can issue shares to the licensor as payment for the license fee.
  • The distributor will pay for all production costs to produce the motion pictures. The licensee will pay for all scanning, editing and duplication costs, as well as paying the license fees.

This Television and Internet Broadcast License Agreement is a valuable addition to any filmmaker's movie contracts set.


Canada TV Movie Distribution Agreement

Set out the terms under which a made-for-TV movie will be distributed in this Television Distribution Agreement template for Canadian productions.

  • The distributor is granted exclusive rights to exploit the picture in television, home video market, VOD, digital transmission, and merchandising.
  • The distributor also has the right to edit the picture as required for purposes of time integration, censorship, commercials, etc., and the producer waives its moral rights in the picture for this purpose. The distributor will not make changes to the title, credits or copyright notice without the producer's approval.
  • The producer retains the right to enter the picture in film festivals, subject to the rights licensed to the distributor.
  • The distributor will pay the producer a percentage of net revenues, as compensation for the rights granted.
  • The Agreement includes a Schedule of Delivery Items, a List of Agreements with Third Parties, and a Schedule of Information Regarding the Picture.
  • The contract is governed by Canadian laws.

Buy a copy of this Canada TV Movie Distribution Agreement for your film contracts portfolio. This is a downloadable, customizable, and comprehensive legal template.


Definition of Gross and Net Receipts (Film Distribution)

This 2-page Definition of Gross and Net Receipts defines what each of the terms in a film distribution agreement means, and should be attached to the agreement as a schedule.

  • The attachment can be appended to any film industry contract which requires a definition of receipts, expenses and profits.
  • The schedule defines the different forms of receipts (theatrical, non-theatrical, outright sales, television, video, auxiliary receipts, miscellaneous receipts), as well as a definition of excluded income.
  • The attachment is fully editable and can be customized for your circumstances.

Download the Definition of Gross and Net Receipts template for your film contract library.


Definition of Gross Receipts After Breakeven (Film Distribution)

This Definition of Gross Receipts After Breakeven clarifies how breakeven points, receipts, distribution fees and expenses, film rentals, and other revenues and costs will be treated and applied under a Film Distribution Agreement.

  • The document should be attached as a schedule to your Distribution Agreement.
  • The schedule sets out how license fees will be allocated when the fees apply to more than one motion picture.
  • Foreign receipts are not included in gross receipts until the sums have been received in US dollars or used by the studio for production or acquisition of films or property which can be legally exported from the country of origin.
  • The studio has complete authority to distribute and license exhibition of the Picture.
  • Participants have no right, title or interest in the motion picture, and no lien rights on the gross receipts or net profits.

The Definition of Gross Receipts After Breakeven template is a downloadable and customizable schedule you can use with your film distribution agreements.


Definition of Net Profits (Film Distribution)

This is a 5-page schedule that defines and clarifies what constitutes net profits, receipts, and expenses in a film distribution agreement.

This schedule can be attached to any film industry contract in which fees, royalties and other payments are calculated based on income derived from:
  • license fees,
  • residuals,
  • distribution fees,
  • theatrical and/or non-theatrical receipts,
  • television and video receipts,
  • other income from the film except for excluded items and net of any distribution expenses, taxes, and other costs.

The Definition of Net Profits template is provided in MS Word format, and can be customized for your film distribution contract.


Distributor Assumption Agreement for Residuals

Make sure your film distributors sign this Distributor Assumption Agreement to comply with SAG requirements for payment of residuals.

  • In order to ensure that SAG members are paid the residuals that they are owed, Screen Actor's Guild requires all movie producers to have their distributors sign an assumption agreement under which they agree to pay residual payments directly to SAG instead of to the producer.
  • This legal form template sets out how and when the residuals will be paid to SAG, as well as the form of reporting that the distributor is required to submit.
  • SAG has the right to inspect the distributor's accounting and records with respect to revenues earned by the film.

Whether you're a union or non-union filmmaker, you still have to comply with SAG's requirements. Download your copy of the Distributor Assumption Agreement for Residuals.