Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Dec. 21, 2006, 6:08 pm
You might want to hire a copyright attorney to safeguard your rights and explain about unsolicited intellectual property you might propose to Disney. Others propose ideas that are officially rejected, and it turns out later some offerer sues Disney or Pixar alleging that the person submitted the idea originally and is due compensation or piece of the profits. It all comes down to your paperwork, when it's dated (even down to time of day) and keeping all copies of your correspondence.
Not saying it's wrong to submit ideas to Disney. However, copyright law and intellectual creative rights, on your part and Disney's as a large international entertainment corporation, is very complex, easy to misconstrue.
You also might want to hire an entertainment agent. These can represent not just actors and singers, but composers, writers, photographers, etc. They have the connections and expertise to advise you how best to "pitch" your ideas to producers or those who hire, and work on a fee or percentage basis. They can explain the ins and outs of the entertainment business, which is very high stakes, and help guide you through the process of getting your ideas heard by the right people.
These large entertainment corporations do worldwide business, are usually owned in part by shareholders. Everything is critically profit driven. Good ideas that can appeal to mass worldwide audiences, which haven't been done before, are in high demand.
So get some professional advice, it will be the best investment in yourself you can make, you will have a team who is "pro- you" around you, and with luck and the right ideas pitched to the right people, you will go far.
But you also want to protect yourself and your rights. Remember, the first tough hard lesson Walt Disney himself learned when he first came to Hollywood was when he naively sold the rights to his first character creation, Oswald the Rabbit. Walt really got taken on the deal, and he learned a valuable lesson from the disappointment and bitterness. Walt was in his 20s then. So that is when he first drew and created a little mouse character, who became Mickey Mouse. Since then Walt and then his corporation have been aggressive in maintaining their copyrights and intellectual property rights, having learned the lesson from Oswald the Rabbit. They play hardball in Hollywood. Learn to play hardball. Clearly, those who learn can in fact be quite successful. So learn what it takes to be in the film or creative businesses, and copyright attorneys and talent agents can help you along the way.