When To Acquire Life Rights In Biographical Content Battle

By Christian Simonds (September 13, 2022, 5:17 PM EDT) — With studios and streaming media companies pitted in an unprecedented battle for the mercurial loyalty of today’s audiences, their appetite for content is at an all-time high.

As a result, we have seen an uptick in biopics — e.g., “Elvis,” “Blonde” — and audiovisual projects pulling from true stories and events, like “Till,” “Mank” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which, in each case, provide filmmakers an easily accessible resource of intriguing storylines for quick development.

But as filmmakers pull from this never-ending well of “real life” content, they find themselves struggling with some gating legal issues that can appear extremely intimidating…

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