Securing the Rights: Step One for Film, Television and Theater Production
The entertainment media are (and have always been) highly adaptive of prior works. Film and television productions are routinely based upon works of literary fiction, and stage plays (especially musicals) are inspired by classic films and television properties, literary works, comic strips, and graphic novels. Work on any adapted property, regardless of the intended medium, typically begins with getting the rights—securing the all-important ability to create a derivative work that usually translates the pre-existing copyrighted work into a new medium.
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