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Under a purchase agreement, the author grants the producer, for a limited period of time, the exclusive right to make his efforts in good faith or good faith to obtain a proposal or interest in the project from a studio, network, distributor, financier or potential buyer. If the producer can show interest during the purchase contract period, the author agrees to negotiate with the buyer a more lasting agreement for dramatic rights to the creative work. Whether this more permanent agreement is an option contract or a sales contract depends on the parties, including the buyer. Under a purchase agreement, an owner usually has more control over the property and a possible sale to a buyer than under an option agreement. A purchase agreement usually gives the owner the right to approve whether to proceed with a particular buyer. As a general rule, an option agreement does not impose such a limitation on the conclusion of a transaction on the manufacturer. In addition, the owner may insist that he or one of his representatives participate in a kick-off meeting or be informed of a kick-off meeting. During the term of the purchase contract, the producer obtains the right – and this is usually a contractual obligation – to present the property to potential buyers or financiers to pass through the development and production pipeline. If the producer is successful and a buyer or financier expresses interest in the property, a purchase agreement allows the owner and producer to negotiate and enter into separate agreements on the project with the interested party. The owner negotiates the sale of the rights to the property while the producer negotiates his attachment to the project. A producer should also pay attention to the scenario in which the producer does the leg work by submitting the IP to a buyer, but the owner will only refuse an agreement with the same buyer after the purchase contract has expired. It is possible to add a language preventing the owner from concluding a contract with a buyer to which the producer had previously submitted the investigation period for a specified period after the expiry of the agreement, unless the producer is also affiliated.

Such a clause is often limited so that an agreement can be concluded without seizure of the manufacturer if the property has been significantly modified since the last pitch. If significant changes have been made to the intellectual property or if influential talents are linked to the project at the expiry of the agreement, the market capacity of the project may improve and justify the reasons why an agreement was reached only after the departure of the producer. As discussed above, there are disadvantages and advantages for both purchase agreements and option agreements for each of the parties. There is no one-fits-all answer to the type of agreement preferred. While a purchase agreement often seems attractive because of its simplicity and the willingness of the parties to receive only “something in writing”, it can lead to considerable and unforeseen disadvantages for an owner or producer if the differences between the agreements are not duly taken into account. As in an option agreement, the author generally warrants and assures that he is the sole and exclusive owner of the property and that nothing contained in the property is, in his personal soul and conscience, contractual or property of a natural or legal person violated or raped. . . .

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