Secure content and access for film or television productions

Business Sectors (Suites): Production (FILM and TV)
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 31 Mar 2019


Standard involves securing the ideas or content for film and television
production, drawing on your knowledge, experience and understanding of industry

will need to know how to obtain content, agreement for use of formats or access
to individuals, and ensure the production company owns the necessary legal

will need to know how to liaise and negotiate terms with agents,
representatives, lawyers or format holders and when the most appropriate
opportunity to do so is.

This Standard is for those involved in securing rights
and access such as production executives and legal teams.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. use information from reliable sources to identify
    the owner of rights to ideas or content

  2. work on an ongoing basis with agents,
    representatives and lawyers in relation to securing content or access to

  3. negotiate with relevant parties to secure
    necessary legal rights to content or format

  4. secure the underlying rights of ideas or
    content at appropriate times

  5. verify that all paperwork relating to legal rights
    is correct and stored in secure locations

  6. confirm that expenditure is within allocated
    development budgets for optioning and securing rights

  7. use information from reliable sources to identify
    and check copyright implications and any potential regulatory or legal problems

  8. check that any legal and ethical constraints
    have been considered at appropriate times

  9. use reliable information to confirm that there are minimum risk factors
    to projects and the production company​

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. discrete methods of identifying who owns the rights to ideas or content and information to use to do so
  2. how to obtain options and underlying legal rights to content or formats
  3. how to check legal documents are correct and safely stored
  4. how to gain access to, liaise and develop relationships with agents or representatives
  5. how to work with lawyers to negotiate the best deal for the production company
  6. all aspects of production, from development to delivery
  7. any legal and ethical considerations which could affect the use of the chosen content in productions
  8. how to minimise factors of risk and vulnerability to the project and the production company
  9. the budget available for purchasing options and legal advice


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2022





Originating Organisation

Screen Skills (formerly Creative Skillset)

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Director, Production Managers, Production Assistant, Production Coordinator

SOC Code



Content, Access, Film, Television, Legal, Rights, Budgets