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Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Your Independent Film (Continuing Legal Education)

April 27 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

This seminar, designed for both attorneys and filmmakers alike, explores the financial intricacies behind making an independent film.

Topics include financing via pre-sales, debt and equity investors, negotiating tactics, typical contract terms, cross-collateralization, creative accounting, and ethical concerns.

Particular attention will be paid to how producers and filmmakers can protect themselves by: investigating distributors; watering down warranties; adding contract provisions covering performance, termination, and alternative dispute resolution; getting errors and omissions (E&O) insurance; and using lab access letters and schedules of minimums.

Other topics will include: criteria for selecting a distributor; new media distribution; which contract terms are negotiable; compliance with state and federal laws regarding investors; retaining an attorney, producer reps and publicists; and confirming awards and enforcing judgments.

 *CLE with VLA: Seven (7) New York CLE credits awarded for attorneys: 4 Areas of Professional Practice credits, 2 Skills credits, and 1 Ethics credit. This program qualifies as “transitional” for newly admitted attorneys.


Friday, April 27, 2018, 9:30 am – 5 pm


Skadden Arps
4 Times Sq # 24, New York, NY 10036

Fees: (Early Bird Discounts before March 30, 2018)

$100 Full-Time Student ($60 before March 30) (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$100 Artist Over Sixty ($60 before March 30)
$150 Arts Professional VLA Member ($100 before March 30)
$200 Arts Professional Non-Member ($150 before March 30)
$400 Legal Professional VLA Member ($300 before March 30)
$500 Legal Professional Non-Member ($400 before March 30)                                                                                                                                    $300 Young Associate Member (YAM’s) ($200 before March 30)

Mark Litwak:

Mark Litwak is a veteran entertainment attorney with offices in Beverly Hills, California. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property, and book publishing. Litwak is an adjunct professor at USC Law School, and functions as a Producer’s Rep, assisting filmmakers in the financing, marketing and distribution of their films. Litwak is the author of many books including: Reel Power, Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry (winner of the 1995 Krazna-Kranz Moving Image Book Award), Contracts for the Film and Television Industry, Litwak’s Multimedia Producer’s Handbook, and his latest book, Risky Business, Financing and Distributing Independent Film.



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April 27
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787


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CLE Class
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CLE Class