Department Head: Laurie Espinosa, Director of Contracts
Contracts Main Line: (323) 782-4501
Fax: (323) 782-4707
E-mail: Contracts

The Contracts Department answers all MBA-related questions except those specifically inquiring about residuals, credits or the status of legal arbitration claims. The issues addressed by the Contracts Department include, but are not limited to, television and theatrical separation of rights; reacquisition; initial compensation (both for minimums and overscale matters like bonuses); late pay; merchandising; interactive games; show classifications and other questions about comedy-variety shows, talk shows, game shows, soap operas, documentary and news programs, and other non-dramatic shows; made for basic cable deals; waivers; and some matters related to contributions to the pension plan and health fund.

Contracts-Related Links

Contracts, Compensation, and Other Rights
2011 Minimum Basic Agreement
Late Pay
Protect Yourself Against Free Rewrites
Reacquisition Form
Schedule of Minimums
Standard Theatrical Contract
Standard TV Contract
TV Series Checklist (.pdf)
Understanding Separated Rights
Writer's Collaboration Agreement (.pdf)