Denver, CO asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for Texas

Q: Besides the IP itself; What do I need to sell an IP to a broadcasting company?

I'm planning to create an IP of and episodic TV show and am planning on giving the company full creative control, apart from a creation credit, if possible. However, I'm not entirely sure what I need, besides the IP of course.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: To sell an IP to a broadcasting company, beyond the intellectual property rights, you should have a well-structured pitch or presentation that outlines the concept, target audience, and potential value of the TV show. A clear and compelling pilot script or episode outline can significantly enhance your proposal. Having a comprehensive treatment or series bible, which details characters, episode ideas, and overarching plotlines, can be beneficial. Ensure that you have any necessary releases or permissions if you're using contributions from other individuals. A legal agreement, drafted to protect your interests and rights, especially regarding creation credits, is crucial. Engage with an attorney experienced in entertainment law to guide you through the nuances of such agreements. Lastly, networking and building relationships within the broadcasting industry can aid in finding the right contacts and opportunities. Always approach negotiations with a clear understanding of what you're willing to concede and what's non-negotiable for you.

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