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The Legal and Business Aspects of Writing for Film and Television

  • May 17, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • CBS Studios

**For CBS lot Security clearance, please REGISTER for this event by either pressing one of the links below or go directly to our website page here.**

Event Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014 || Speaker: Paul Levine || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

The nuts and bolts of the business of writing are as essential to a writer’s success as the writer’s work itself. How does a writer get an agent and an attorney? How does the writer’s work get sold and how is the writer compensated? What will the agent and the lawyer do for the writer? How are they compensated? How do writers work together?


For security purposes, you must REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, May 15, 2014 or you will not be admitted onto the lot.

**Please note that each guest and/or attendee needs to REGISTER individually. 

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Check-in begins at 12:30 pm.
Event starts at 1:00 pm. 

No Refunds. No Credits.

This comprehensive- seminar will cover: the principles of copyright law as the underpinnings of all writing; what agents do and what lawyers do, how their functions sometimes overlap and how they differ; the process of obtaining an agent and a lawyer, when and why an agent is necessary and when and why an agent may not be necessary; how agents and lawyers are compensated by their clients; the content of a typical collaboration agreement and three reasons why they are an absolute necessity; how the WGA Basic Agreement has an impact on all aspects of film and television writing–minimum compensation (“scale”), residuals, royalties, other payments, credit, etc..

A review, in detail, of a typical option/purchase agreement for a screenplay–option monies and term, purchase price, rights granted and rights withheld, etc., and a review of a series television employment agreement–episodic compensation, script guarantees, credit, etc.; the process of pitching a project to a producer, what happens if the producer rejects the project, and what happens if the project is accepted.

Bring all your questions concerning the business of being or becoming a successful film and/or television writer–they will all be answered.

Paul Levine.

Speaker:  Paul S. Levine, Esq. (more info forthcoming)

Join us on the Third Saturday every month at:

CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604

Free Parking — Enter the CBS lot at the main gate & inform security you are there for the Scriptwriters Network event.

You’ll be asked for your government issued photo ID, and then given directions to the meeting location. You may park in any available space on the lot (unless they direct you to a parking structure during special events).

As this is a professional event, we ask that you please arrive prior to the event start time.

Meeting Timeframe: 1:00 pm to approximately 3:00 pm

Please remember to bring a picture ID and your SWN Membership Card!

Any questions, email us at [masked].

**For CBS lot Security clearance, please REGISTER for this event by either pressing one of the links above or go directly to our website page here.**

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  • Vanessa

    Very helpful and informative!

    May 27, 2014

  • John Michael T.

    Great info and details on the business and how the legal and business side impact how you can (and maybe should) bring a script to market.

    May 18, 2014

  • Vitaly K.

    Details of the business that anybody needs to know

    May 17, 2014

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