Monday, June 8, 2015
Can I Score a Movie Using Existing TV Themes?
Do you need a lawyer? A lawyer's advice can be helpful, particularly if you must furnish the licensing agreements. But it may not be as essential if someone in the production has experience with these types of negotiations (and the TV theme owners are furnishing the agreements). You may find it more cost effective to deal with a music licensing agent, an expert in music licensing and clearance, instead of an attorney. These agents are familiar with the necessary rights and agreements and can negotiate terms that may be most favorable for your movie. Type "music clearance expert" into your search engine.
Theme music trivia: Director Robert Altman's 14-year old son earned a million dollars in royalties for writing the lyrics to the movie music (and TV theme) for "M*A*S*H. Altman earned $70,000 for directing the movie.