Dollar One

Entertainment industry jargon that denotes money “taken across the counter,” i.e., the money moviegoers pay to see a film or show, the fees paid by a TV broadcaster to show a movie, etc. before the funds have passed through any other companies’ hands (each of whom may take a commission). Identifying dollar one as the basis for participation is a key issue in entertainment industry deals, since the amount of money left shrinks with each successive “pass of the cash.” See Gross Participation, Net Participation.