What contracts should we have in place when hiring a voice actor?

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What contracts should we have in place when hiring a voice actor?

We are a start-up video game studio, and we are going to be hiring a well known actor to do voiceover work for our new video game. We are really excited to be have a budget to do this, but I want to make sure that we are legally protected and that we have everything in writing before we begin work.

Can anyone recommend any contracts or agreements that I should have in place with Mark before we start working together? And are there any specific things I should be looking out for in these agreements to make sure that I’m protected?

Thanks so much for your help!

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Asked on May 4, 2023 5:01 pm

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SD

I directed a writing program at a law school. First, be willing to hire a young, smart, personable attorney who is 'ON FIRE' with knowledge and enthusiasm. He/she could help you create a contract that includes what to do in case of celebrity's NO SHOW/ILLNESS/ABUSE IN THE MEDIA ETC. THINK of any bad thing that could happen and create a contract accordingly! Also think of GOOD OUTCOMES you want and put those in the contract. Best, SD

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Answered On February 3, 2024 11:18 pm

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You should consult with a lawyer on this, but I will provide general information.
The first agreement would be outlining the scope of work, timeline, payment terms, and other terms that you negotiated with the actor and their team.
The other would be a work-for-hire agreement, which basically says that your company owns the work created by the voice actor, and you can use it as agreed.

You also may want to consider sending an NDA if for example you want to keep the storyline or other information that you will be sharing with the actor confidential.

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Answered On May 5, 2023 3:03 am

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