Pre-Frankfurt rights tussle for trade

Pre-Frankfurt rights tussle for trade

With pre-Frankfurt submissions just warming up after a “dead” August, the habitual tussle between agents and publishers over global rights is resurfacing with a new intensity. Agents say some publishers are now making full rights an absolute condition for a deal, while their ability to fully exploit those rights can remain in question.

Gordon Wise of Curtis Brown described a “land grab in the assumption of a bigger basket of rights, including audio”, saying: “Some of the large groups will go to the wall on audio when they have no clear strategy and don’t have the best rates.” He added: “We...

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