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Film Option Agreements: What To Do And What Not To Do!

June 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Your work has attracted the interest of a production company that wants to option rights to develop your film/series/show/podcast or other production. Alternatively, you wish to option another person’s work to develop a film/series/show/podcast. What happens next? Learn more from experienced attorney Jeanne Hamburg of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. about the important deal terms that will affect you as a creative, including what terms you can negotiate and how they will affect your bottom line.

Instructor: Jeanne Hamburg, Esq.

Equity Member @ Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

Jeanne Hamburg concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law. Resident in Norris McLaughlin, P.A. ‘s New York City office, she assists clients in a broad range of industries with their intellectual property needs, but most notably in the (social) media , entertainment, and publishing fields. Since 2009, Jeanne has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer®. The firm is ranked in the 2023 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, which lists the leading trademark practitioners s in 80 jurisdictions globally. Additionally, the firm was ranked Tier 1 in the Media Law International (MLI) 2023 United States, the comprehensive guide of leading media law firms and practitioners across 56 global jurisdictions.

In the transactional area, Jeanne is experienced in trademark and copyright licensing and prosecution, brand partnership agreements, influencer endorsement and talent management agreements, traditional print and online publishing, software development, website development, content licenses, and electronic subscriptions. She has litigated high-profile copyright and trademark cases, including one against the liquor company of the world-famous rapper, 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson III). In connection with the firm’s Media Law Practice, Jeanne represents celebrities, influencers and other renowned creatives, established and emerging documentarians and filmmakers, creative agencies, talent managers, the owner of a world-famous video game, a world-famous graffiti artist, and the estates of famous literary works.

Jeanne is a thought leader in her field having spoken to the International Trademark Association (INTA) and is quoted by publications such as Forbes magazine and Bloomberg Law on the impact of artificial intelligence on intellectual property law and the right of publicity.

Jeanne is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Mark, that can be found at www.morethanyourmark.com.

Membership Discount Code: For members, please contact registrations@vlany.org to receive your discount code, which will allow you to view and purchase the ticket.


For members, please contact registrations@vlany.org to receive your special discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your discounted ticket.

$25 Full-Time Student (students must present proof of status after registering)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$85 Legal Professional VLA Member
$110 Legal Professional Non-Member
$55 YAM’s Current Members and Associate Board

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received.

All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.

For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org.


June 25
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787
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