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Self-Defense for Writers and Filmmakers with Mark Litwak

April 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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 with editor jobs and filmmakers can prevent problems from arising by properly securing underlying rights, and by encouraging other parties to live up to agreements by adding performance incentives, default penalties and arbitration clauses. In the event of a dispute, participants learn what remedies are available to enforce their rights. Related topics include protecting your stories, 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.

Mark Litwak
is a veteran entertainment attorney with offices in Los Angeles. 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.

*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 28, 2017, 9:30 AM – 5 PM – CLE*
Space is limited! Please register early.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
4 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

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

Register now!


Register before April 7, 2017 and receive an early-bird discount!

Filmmakers, Artists, or Non-Law Students:
$100 for VLA members (early-bird price, $50 discount)
$150 for non-members (early-bird price, $50 discount)

Attorneys or Law Students:
$325 for VLA members (early-bird price, $75 discount)
$425 for non-members (early-bird price, $75 discount)

$200 for Young Associate Members (YAM’s) (early-bird price, $100 discount)

To apply for a full or partial CLE scholarship, please view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines here.

All registration fees are non-refundable. Please note you are not registered until full payment is received.
For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10


April 28, 2017
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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