There are many terms of negotiation within a talent contract, some include:
- Pilot Option
- The pilot option is an initial agreement that specifies the amount of time after the test that the producer must commit to the actor by utilizing the pilot option. Since test options are exclusive, the actor is unable to audition for other shows until the option terminates. The pilot option usually expires within a few days of the audition.
- Series Option
- After the pilot expires, the talent is generally anxious for the Producer to employ them. The Producer, typically, has 7-10 business days after accepting the network order, to employ the option.
Generally, the series option is constructed as a series of options, so the actor is employed for consecutive seasons. At the end of each season, (there are usually 6-7) the producer is required to exercise its option after the Network makes known their season renewal for the forthcoming season, usually around mid-June.
A television series generally hires an actor on exclusive terms, which means, during the life of their contract, they are forbidden to appear on other programs. However, in certain instances, such as when negotiating for a talent at star level and cable programs, a Talent Contract Lawyer may be able to reach an agreement concerning guest appearances on other programs, voice over, feature films, commercials and more.
Credits - A talent's credit is often of utmost importance. Points dictate the order in which the credit appears as well as whether it is on a single card or shared card and the location inside the program the credit is visible. Talent Contract Lawyers are highly experienced at negotiations, and can often negotiate unique agreements.