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Documentary Option and Purchase Agreement

The Documentary Option and Purchase Agreement is to secure the option and purchase rights of Source Material for Development into a Documentary.  Source material may be a book, magazine article, podcast, or any other type of source material.

This is a legal document that details the terms and conditions between a Producer and the Owner of the Source Material for development into a documentary.

It covers the essential elements of the relationship such as:

  • Date of Recording
  • Ownership Rights
  • Release Date
  • Use Rights of Recording
  • And More.

This agreement can be used for either a feature, film or episodic series-style documentary.

There are two phases of the agreement. The Option and the Purchase. The first is the Option, to be able to explore the development, seek financing and/or distribution, and then the Purchase phase, if the Option is exercised to be made into a project.

The Documentary Option/Purchase Contract of Source Material such as a book, magazine, or podcast is different than a Life Rights Option Agreement (which may also be necessary).

Generally, when you need to use source material for the basis of a documentary, you will need to get the rights from the author/owner and possibly the subject of the documentary as well.  A good industry standard Documentary Agreement will help you secure all the rights needed for your production and help secure the Chain-of-Title for purchasers or distributors.

Other names for this Document:

Film Documentary Option and Purchase Agreement, Film Documentary Option and Purchase Contract, Series Documentary Option and Purchase Agreement, Documentary Option, Documentary Option Agreement.

Approximate time to complete contract:  4-5 Minutes

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What Is It?

The Documentary Option and Purchase Agreement covers the essential contract terms between a Producer and the Owner of the Source Material.

This standard Documentary contract covers:

  • The Start Date of the Agreement
  • The name of the Documentary
  • The Release of Rights
  • The Use Rights of the Recording, including promotion and advertising rights.
  • The Rights and Responsibilities of the Parties
  • Work-For-Hire Language
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Issues, including Venue & Choice of Law

How to Use This Document

Use this document to explain the relationship between a Producer and the Owner of the Source Material.

 

Some things needed to build your custom Documentary Option and Purchase Agreement:

  • Names of the Parties
  • Addresses of the Parties
  • Emails of the Parties
  • Name of the Production
  • Dates of Recording
  • State for Venue and Choice Provisions

Once you have completed drafting the Documentary Option and Purchase Agreement, you will be able to save to edit further, download a PDF or send to the other party for electronic signature.

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