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SHOWBIZ CONSULTANTS "Your time is too valuable: You handle the show. We handle the business."

Showbiz Consultants is a consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles and Florida that specializes in:

  • Contract legal Analysis: We specialize in legal analysis for legal tech developers.
  • Legal Delivery Prep: Document preparation and delivery for filmmakers, producers and companies delivering legal documents to sales agents and distributors.
  • Enterprise Legal Delivery Review: Providing entertainment document delivery review services for in-house legal departments in the film/TV/digital distribution, production and sales agent business.

We make your life easier and more profitable by:

  • Saving time which saves money.
  • Freeing up your time which makes money.
  • Avoiding headaches and company-crushing legal disasters.

FOR IN-HOUSE LEGAL DEPARTMENTS:

  • Dealmaking: We structure, negotiate and draft deals.
  • In-coming Enterprise Delivery: We review legal documents from your licensors to protect you from legal liability and ensure you have the rights you contracted for. We do so at a reasonable price without you having to hire an expensive attorney or a full-time employee when you might not have the workload or budget to sustain one. TIME SAVINGS: Most importantly, we spend the time working with producers/licensors who don't know how, or don't have the time, to generate delivery documents that you and your licensees demand in order to avoid lawsuits. AND, we spend the time working with the demanding parties that you deliver to. We've done it before. We'll do it for you.
  • Legal Analysis: We review contracts and work with an IT development team to keep your tech development accurate and on schedule.
  • WHAT IF WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLY HIGH VOLUME OF WORK? Showbiz Consultants reviews in-coming legal delivery for hundreds of titles at a time for multiple streaming channels. This is right in our wheelhouse.

FOR CONTENT PRODUCERS: We collect all of your documents and prepare them for delivery to sales agents, distributors and vendors who will go over your documents with a fine-tooth comb. We educate you on the process. If they reject them YOU WILL NOT GET PAID or only get paid after a LONG, PAINFUL, AND EXPENSIVE PROCESS. Be prepared early. We are not a law firm but can supplement your attorney's services and/or provide delivery document services that fit your limited budget. Save time. Learn. Get paid.

HIGH-END DOCUMENT REVIEW SERVICES: If you just need a college intern to send emails you don't need us. The low end saves you money but eats up time and gives you headaches. If you need someone to get everything in order so it will get approved quickly and without legal hassles or expensive problems then you need us. If you want someone who's familiar with the delivery process of dozens of companies and has actually delivered to them then you need us. We've delivered to all of the top distributors or have taken delivery from/for all of the top sales agents and producers:

  • Universal Pictures
  • Sony
  • MGM
  • Netflix
  • Amazon
  • Saban
  • AMC Networks
  • XYZ Films
  • Koch(Germany)
  • The Film Arcade
  • Epic Pictures Group
  • Signature(UK)
  • IFC Films
  • Vertigo
  • Magnolia
  • Well Go
  • Volga(CIS)
  • Vertical
  • Studio Canal(Europe)
  • Hugoeast(China)
  • Elevation(Canada)
  • Telemunchen(Germany)
  • Jokers(France)

LEGAL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Showbiz Consultants is also an expert in the field of contract generation software and was the leading analysis vendor for Paramount Pictures on their revolutionary ONSet contract software. We review and analyze contracts for legal tech applications developed to service the film/TV/media industries.

OTHER Examples of consulting may be:

  • You need an in-house expert to negotiate distribution, acquisition or license deals.
  • You have extra work in your business affairs department and need someone to handle overflow.
  • You're setting up a production company and need guidance on deal parameters.
  • You want to integrate your current legal contracts into a software management system.
  • You have a soon/someday to be finished piece of filmed content and want to put together the right legal documents in order to monetize it.
  • You're in development on a film and need to know what contracts to line up.
  • You have a finished movie. Now what?

To inquire more about our services and get a quote contact us at info@showbizconsultants.com

Disclaimer: Showbiz Consultants is not a law firm. There certain functions a lawyer should do and you should hire one for those functions. Showbiz Consultants is the perfect compliment to your own independent counsel, in-house business affairs department or to supplement your own document and business affairs efforts.

FEES

Fees depend on what you need, when you need it by and how much you need. Our consultants have done work on a flat-fee basis, hourly basis and per-project basis. The more simple the consulting the less the fee tends to be. The more complex the task which requires more experience or training, the higher the fee will be. We also provide substantial monthly support to in-house legal departments to cover hundreds of titles on an on-going basis.

EXAMPLES OF SHOWBIZ CONSULTANTS' DOCUMENT ANALYSIS DESIGN AND PRICING VARIABLES:

Every client will require a customized review process depending on your needs. Showbiz Consultants is an expert in every step of the process. We've even made our own movies!

  1. How many film/TV titles do you need to review documents for?
  2. How many contracts per title?
  3. How many points of analysis do you need reviewed in each contract?
  4. Are you a distributor or a sales agent/producer delivering to distributors?
  5. How many entities are you delivering to?
  6. Who are you delivering to? (Some companies require 10x more work than others. We know the difference because we've delivered to them. Or they might be our clients!)
  7. For producers, do you have production counsel? How many documents do you already have? What stage of production are you in?

OUR STORY

  • Everyone's got a problem. Company employees are overworked but the company can't justify the overhead of another quality employee.
  • New, less expensive hires aren't qualified.
  • The smart ones get hired away too fast and you're back to square one.
  • Law firms are too expensive for this level or work volume.

Creative business problems require creative business solutions.

Hence, Showbiz Consultants was born. We love show business almost as much as we love helping people solve their showbiz problems so they can realize their dreams. Showbiz Consultants is here to provide stability, trust and quality. Sometimes it's low-end high volume work. Sometimes it takes experience. Every time, we're dependable.

FOUNDER

Showbiz Consultants' founder is Walter Boholst. Walter Boholst is an experienced writer/director/producer and president of production company Waltertainment. He is a licensed FL entertainment attorney who travels frequently between Los Angeles, Florida, Chicago and the Philippines. He has supervised legal delivery for THOUSANDS of films and TV series and worked on the business end of hundreds of recorded music projects released by major record labels. His business experience includes stints at The Walt Disney Company, Universal Music Group, Rhino Entertainment/Warner Music Group, and as VP and Head of Business Affairs for film distributor Arc Entertainment. He cut his teeth creatively providing notes on scripts for John Davis' company (Behind Enemy Lines, Predator), Graham Kings' former company, Initial Entertainment Group (Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, Michael Mann's Ali), as Assistant Story Editor at MGM (Brothers Grimm, James Bond) while writing/directing/producing two feature films and countless other short form projects playing in dozens of film festivals.

Mr. Boholst has experience shepherding projects in all facets from script development, legal, production & marketing/distribution. He provides business affairs strategy and services in addition to creative consulting on all levels. He has the rare combination of first-hand business and creative experience. His business affairs consulting specialty is acquisitions, distribution, licensing, chain of title and production agreements. Showbiz Consultants provides services, in-house or with select partners, as a one-stop shop for filmmakers, distributors and sales agents from start to finish.

His work experience runs the gamut from major studios, producers and record labels to independent distributors, filmmakers and community organizations. As experienced in-house counsel in CA-based entertainment companies, he's worked on deals with every major film studio, network and record label.

Mr. Boholst has lectured across the world including Manila, Los Angeles, Houston and Miami for a wide array of hosts such as the Film Development Council of the Philippines, The National Filipino American Youth Association, The University of Florida Asian Student Union and the University of Miami School of Film and TV.

TEAM

Mr. Boholst oversees hand-picked industry gurus to consult on your business, project, event or program. The team includes licensed attorneys and legal professionals based around the world with specialties in various areas.

SELECT FILMS WE'VE WORKED ON

Projects Showbiz Consultants have provided services on.

SELECT CURRENT/PAST CLIENTS

Paramount Pictures hired an entire Showbiz Consultants team full time as legal analysts on a high profile company-wide project.
Showbiz Consultants handles all legal delivery for all AMC SVOD Networks which covers hundreds of titles simultaneously.
XYZ Films- Film producer, sales agency. Credits: The Raid, The Raid 2, On The Job, Bushwick (David Bautista), Brawl In Cell Block 99 (Vince Vaughn)
RLJ Entertainment is a privately owned subsidiary of AMC Networks and a licensee, producer and distributor of entertainment programming and film and television productions in North America, with approximately 3,200 exclusive DVD titles and approximately 340 exclusive CD titles in domestic release, and approximately 450 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, RLJE has exclusive audio and broadcast rights as well as digital download rights to approximately 2,100 video programs and over 400 audio programs containing more than 6,000 tracks. Credits: I Kill Giants (Zoe Saldana), Bone Tomahawk(Kurt Russell), Mandy(Nicolas Cage).
Epic Pictures Group is an independent film and television studio engaged in the development, financing, production and distribution of film and television. Epic has launched a new horror label called Dread Central Presents. Credits: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot.
Electric Entertainment- Production/distribution/sales agent company headed by A-list filmmaker Dean Devlin. Credits: Bad Samaritan(David Tennant), Geostorm(Gerard Butler), The Librarians TV series, Leverage TV series, The Outpost TV series.
Bentonville Film Festival- Large film festival in Bentonville, ARK focusing on women and diversity co-headed by Geena Davis and in major partnership with Walmart. Panelists and performers Showbiz Consultants have provided services with include Jewel, Joe Walsh and Terry Crews.
American Cinema International is an independent entertainment company that creates, produces, and distributes filmed entertainment throughout the world. Credits: Runaway Romance, Miss Arizona
ABS-CBN- The largest media company in the Philippines
ALLBLK(formerly Urban Movie Channel) is an urban-focused subscription streaming service in North America and features quality urban content that showcases feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusive content for African American and urban audiences.
Acorn TV streams world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond.
Founded in 2012 by Miranda Bailey, Jason Beck and Andy Bohn, The Film Arcade is an independent production and distribution company which recently released Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice starring Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs as well as Josh Mond’s James White starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon and Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi. The Film Arcade has a multiyear home video distribution deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Shudder is an American over-the-top subscription video on demand service featuring horror, thriller and supernatural fiction titles owned and operated by AMC Networks.
Sundance Now is a streaming service that aims to showcase stories told by unique voices, created in the likeness of the Sundance Institute (the non-profit that puts on the Sundance Film Festival program).
Dread Central is an American website founded in 2006 that is dedicated to horror news, interviews, and reviews. It covers horror films, comics, novels, and toys. Dread Central has won the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Website four times and was selected as AMC's Site of the Week in 2008.

SELECT COMPANIES WE'VE MADE LEGAL DELIVERY TO

SELECT PERFORMER DEALS

Showbiz Consultants has negotiated artist deals with the largest agencies and management companies (CAA, WME, UTA, ICM etc.) on behalf of clients including deals for these performers:

  • Jewel
  • Darius Rucker
  • Joe Walsh
  • Terry Crews
  • Danny Trejo

SELECT SPONSORSHIP DEALS

Showbiz Consultants has negotiated deals with these sponsors and more on behalf of clients.

WHY DO YOU NEED SHOWBIZ CONSULTANTS?

  • Time is the enemy. Leverage it. Use your time to do what you do best.
  • Time is money. Smart business means spending money to create efficiencies that result in greater profitability.
  • A streamlined process makes you easier to work with.
  • Get paid faster. Your investors and the interest growing on the loans will appreciate it.

HOW CAN WE HELP MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE AND YOUR BUSINESS A SUCCESS?

Feel free to reach out to the boss and let us know how we can help you accomplish your showbusiness dreams at info@showbizconsultants.com

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