February 27 10:30am - 1:30pm PT
Master Class: Filmmaker's Legal Toolkit: From Protecting IP Through Negotiating Distribution
Registration is open until February 27, 2050
Janis Nelson

Every filmmaker needs a Legal Toolkit to help maneuver through the complex field of intellectual rights acquisition and protection. In this live, three-hour, online master class, Janis Nelson, General Counsel at the Sundance Institute, moderates a panel discussion for producers, directors and screenwriters, which will reveal what you need to know about managing - and protecting - intellectual property from development through distribution. 


Topics presented will include:

  • How the law and filmmaking intersect
  • The concept of intellectual property
  • Copyright law
  • 1st Amendment rights, including life rights
  • The international landscape of rights
  • Licensing rights
  • Sales agents
  • The back-end
  • Useful resources (online and industry-based)


Moderator
Janis Nelson is General Counsel of Sundance Institute. Prior to joining Sundance Institute, Janis worked for more than 30 years as an entertainment attorney representing, among others, producers, directors, screenwriters, authors, financiers, studios, production companies and distributors in the motion picture and television industries, as well as in theatre and publishing. more...
Panelist
Victoria S. Cook is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit and a member of the Entertainment Group. She focuses on motion picture and television work, representing award-winning filmmakers, writers, directors, actors, television producers, film financiers, and television networks. She is immersed in both the independent and Hollywood worlds, and her clients often work in all aspects of the entertainment business -- from major studio films to cutting-edge political documentaries. more...
Panelist
Raymond Tambe is an attorney in Ziffren Brittenham LLP’s film and television group. Raymond represents actors, writers, directors, producers, production companies, distributors and financiers in all phases of motion picture and television financing, development, production, licensing/acquisition, promotion and distribution. more...
Panelist
Chris Perez is a Partner at Donaldson + Callif, LLP. He specializes in all aspects of the firm’s practice, including representing independent filmmakers through development, financing, production, rights clearance and distribution. more...
Panelist
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Corey Field is the founder of the Los Angeles based boutique law firm Corey Field Law Group, P.C. offering a broad range of entertainment, media, copyright, and trademark legal services. The firm’s clients include a broad range of companies and individuals, from billion dollar international corporations to individual creative artists in film, television, music, publishing advertising, social media, and sports. more...
Panelist
Michael Donaldson founded Donaldson & Callif with Lisa Callif in 2008. The firm focuses on independent films, specializing in fair use opinions and other clearance issues in scripted and documentary films. In 2007, Donaldson negotiated with insurance companies to provide errors and omissions policies to cover material used pursuant to fair use. more...

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