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Los Angeles Area One-Day Workshop! Self-Defense for Writers & Filmmakers

with Mark Litwak, Esq.

When: Saturday, October 20, 2012
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: West Los Angeles College
Fine Arts Auditorium
Culver City, CA

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 explains how writers and filmmakers can prevent problems from arising by properly securing underlying rights, and by encouraging the other party to live up to agreements by adding performance incentives, default penalties, and alternative dispute resolution 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
  • negotiating tactics and strategies

Extensive handouts (see below) will be made available exclusively online for download.

Finally, the lunch hour will provide a great opportunity for networking.

  • Free parking available in the campus parking structure.
  • Over 100 pages of useful contracts, checklists, forms, and materials, will be available to paid attendees exclusively in electronic format.
  • A light breakfast will be served
  • Online and lunch registration closes 11:59 PM Thursday, October 18, 2012.
  • Telephone registration remains open until 5 PM on Friday October 19, 2012 — (310) 998-5590
  • Walk-in registration: Add $20 to ticket price (lunch option not available)


MARK LITWAK is a veteran entertainment attorney based in Beverly Hills. He has lectured at UCLA Extension for more than 20 years, and at Harvard and other top universities. He is the author of six books including: Reel Power: The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood, Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry (winner of the 1996 Krazna-Kranz award for best book in the world on the film business), Contracts for the Film & Television Industry, and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Films. He has executive produced 6 feature films and successfully arranged for the distribution of more than 50 features as well as serving as production counsel on several TV series. Mark also functions as a producer rep, assisting filmmakers in the financing, marketing, and distribution of their films. He is AV Peer Review Rated and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer multiple times.

Click here for seminar details and parking directions

  • An optional $10 lunch is available for purchase during the online registration process.
  • Lunch option not available for walk-in registrations

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