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Self-Defense for Writers and Filmmakers with Mark Litwak (Continuing Legal Education)

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


About This Program:

Writers and filmmakers need to understand their legal rights and how to defend themselves from those who may seek to exploit them or falsely claim their rights have been infringed.

This seminar explains how writers and filmmakers can prevent problems from arising by properly securing underlying rights, and by encouraging other parties to live up to agreements with performance incentives, audit rights, default penalties, and arbitration clauses. In the event of a dispute, participants learn what remedies are available to enforce their rights. Related topics include defamation, invasion of privacy, protecting your stories and avoiding being sued when portraying others, typical compensation and terms of contracts, merchandising deals, and negotiating tactics and strategies. The seminar includes more than 100 pages of useful contracts, checklists, forms, and materials.

Who Should Attend: This class is for writers, filmmakers, content producers, attorneys, arts professionals and whoever is interested in the topic.

This class will be taught by Mark Litwak, Esq., Law Offices of Mark Litwak and Associates.

*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.

When: Friday, April 26, 2019, 10 AM – 6 PM
Where: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 4 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

Lunch and snacks will be provided, and there will be a break for lunch.



Fees: (Early Bird Discounts before March 29, 2019)

$100 Full-Time Student ($60 before March 29) (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$100 Artist Over Sixty ($60 before March 29)
$150 Arts Professional VLA Member ($100 before March 29)
$200 Arts Professional Non-Member ($150 before March 29)
$400 Legal Professional VLA Member ($300 before March 29)
$500 Legal Professional Non-Member ($400 before March 29)                 
$300 Young Associate Members & Associate Board Members ($200 before March 29)

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received. For artists and attorneys, there are various scholarships available. To view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines and for more information on how to apply, click here.

Membership Discount Code: Are you a VLA Member trying to register for this class? E-mail or call VLA to get your membership discount code! – registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10.

Refund Policy: 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.

On-Time Arrival: Please arrive on time for the class. Registrants who arrive more than 20 minutes late may not be permitted to enter the class.

For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10.

This class is taught by Mark Litwak

Mark Litwak is an 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 26
10:00 am - 6:00 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