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Development Agreements - What Do They Mean For My Idea?

Published 07.12.11 at 15:53

A Development Agreement is a contract in which it is agreed that you will develop your programme idea into something more tangible to enable a broadcaster to determine whether the idea is worth commissioning as a programme to broadcast. This article sets out the key components that you are likely to come across in a Development Agreement and explains the typical benefits and obligations bestowed on the contracting parties. Given that Development Agreements can be complex and will affect the rights that you will have in the work, it would be prudent for you to seek legal advice before entering into any such agreement.

This article was written by Damian Kent (LLB) on behalf of Own-it

Photograph (some rights reserved) by ARMLE


Please note that this article discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.

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