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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SELF DEFENSE FOR WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS

A WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS AND ATTORNEYS
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Writers and filmmakers need to understand their legal rights and how to defend themselves from those who may seek to exploit them. Production companies and distributors often know all the tricks of the trade, while writers and filmmakers know little about how to protect themselves. This seminar is geared toward both artists and attorneys representing artists. It explains how a writers and filmmakers can prevent problems by drafting an agreement that properly secures underlying rights and encourages the other party to live up to the agreement by adding performance milestones, default penalties and arbitration clauses. In the event of a dispute, participants learn what remedies are available to enforce their rights. Related topics include creative approvals, typical compensation and terms of studio contracts, merchandising deals, and negotiating tactics and strategies. The seminar includes more than 100 pages of useful contracts, checklists, forms and materials.

HOW TO REGISTER

Date: Friday , February 11, 2011
Time : 8:0 0-5:00pm
Location: Fish & Richardson, One Marina Park Drive , Boston
Fee: $150.00 Non-Member Attorneys / $125.00 VLA Member Attorneys / $45.00 Artists & Writers .

REGISTRATION:

For more information, contact Sheri Mason at sheri@artsandbusinesscouncil.org
To RSVP for the event, click here

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Mark Litwak is an entertainment attorney based in Beverly Hills, California. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property, and book publishing. As a Producer’s Representative, he assists filmmakers in arranging financing, marketing and distribution of their films. Litwak is the author of six books: Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood (William Morrow, 1986), Courtroom Crusaders (William Morrow, 1989), Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 1994) (winner of the 1996 Krasna-Krausz award for best book in the world on the film business), Contracts for the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 2nd Ed. 1999), Litwak's Multimedia Producer's Handbook (Silman-James Press, 1998) and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film (Silman-James Press, 2004). He has contributed articles for The Los Angeles Times, The Business of Film, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker and The Independent. He is the creator of the popular CD-ROM program Movie Magic Contracts. Litwak has been a lawyer for 33 years. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine in 2006 and 2007. He also has served as an expert witness in movie industry disputes and is an IFTA Arbitrator.
(This is not an RIFC Production)

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