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Leonard Smith
Received offer to license my short film-- are the FEES TOO LOW???
on May 4, 2015 at 7:47:08 pm

Hey all,

What are the going rates for licensing fees for films/ short films?

I have received a non-exclusive agreement to show my 10 minute short film on a newer cable channel (think BET, but smaller) on a show dedicated to short films.

The offer is a flat $100. The term is five years.

Now I know my film is only 10 mins, it just seems to me that the producer would have a larger budget than this. I am I wrong?

I've seen the show and it has a fairly notable actor as a host.

Is this a low ball offer?


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Mads Nybo Jørgensen
Re: Received offer to license my short film-- are the FEES TOO LOW???
on May 4, 2015 at 8:50:54 pm

Hey Leonard,

I have never seen your short, so I don't know.

However, what I do know is as follows:
A large majority of short films are not made for the purpose of making money. Most often they are a calling card for the Director, Producer, Actor and show-reel material for the rest of them + experience for anyone else working on the production.

If you made the short to make money, then $100 is far too low.

If you made the short to get noticed, then $100 for being introduced by a named actor, is far too much.

My advice:
Ask whether instead of the $100, that the actor can do a short interview at their studio; with you talking about the short, and most importantly: your next project!
Even if not, you win by getting some free display advertising for your skills.

All the Best
Mads

@madsvid, London, UK
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Mark Suszko
Re: Received offer to license my short film-- are the FEES TOO LOW???
on May 5, 2015 at 2:01:20 pm

You said "non-exclusive". So you still retain all the rights, and can market it elsewhere? Then go ahead for now, and negotiate for more if someone else wants it too.


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Eric Harrison
Re: Received offer to license my short film-- are the FEES TOO LOW???
on May 5, 2015 at 10:10:55 pm

The non-exclusive clause is good but make sure you have a non-sublicense clause so that they can't license it to other networks without your permission.


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