A topic that crops up a lot more than it should is model release forms (plural) there should be one release form for 90% of the models we use, a catch-all version that covers all media and every eventuality in all territories. I may be over simplifying the matter but I have seen many versions that fail to use the term “all media”. last year I had a small job where the agency produced the release but failed to mention social media or use the words “all media”…. Mayhem!
If you think that the term “all media” is too vague you must list every media format that you can think of.
We want the talent to be paid well for their work and they or their agents will negotiate a fee based on usage so a tailored release will be produced in those instances but for the other 90%, for extras, background or secondary talent a safe standard universal model release should be used.
I have linked my current release form, I am sure that a lawyer would see many flaws but all is all, all is everything, no ambiguity there…. I think!
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