H
National Lawyers Guild
NYWIFT
NYSBA
Soho House
Fractured Atlas

What Are the Standard Terms of an Independent Film Financing Deal?

The usual indie film finance deal first repays the investors with interest, then splits any additional "back end" profits from the film equally between the producer and the investor.   If there is more than one investor, the investors share pro rata in the 50% "investors' share" of the profits.  If the producer has promised "back end" participation to talent, the director or other participants, their share comes out of the "producer's share" of the profits.  (That said, talent with a high marquis value can often negotiate getting their deferred fees paid out of the first monies received by the producer -- i.e. before the investors are repaid).
Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Deborah is smart, pragmatic and forthright" Townes, Filmmaker.
★★★★★
"Deborah has the unique ability to present an 'ask' in a way that is undeniably clear and justified. She has fundamentally changed the way I approach my valuation in the industry by removing the 'cringe factor' from discussions around compensation. She brings a charming touch of grace to negotiations representing my company's value and supporting its reputation while simultaneously securing fair and equitable compensation. Don, TV Producer / Showrunner.
★★★★★
"Deborah made a confusing and painful process understandable and linear. We could not have asked for a better lawyer." Podcast Production Team.
★★★★★
"Deborah makes reviewing legal documents so easy. I know she always has my best interests at heart. It's a pleasure working with her." Melissa, Executive Director of artist not-for-profit organization.
★★★★★
"Deborah is simply amazing. She is a master at protecting her clients. She will protect you and always have your back. I am so lucky to have found her." Warren, TV Series Writer & Creator.