Legal Lockdown Sessions: Across the great divide

Legal Lockdown Sessions: Across the Great Divide in America

(5 customer reviews)


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  • Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
  • Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
  • An hour of relevant and practical advice from an industry professional
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Session 5 of the 5 part Filmmakers’ Legal Lockdown Series
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What you will learn

Session 5 – Across the great divide

Tony Morris (UK) and Marc Jacobson (USA)

Two great nations divided by a common language. In the final session of the series Tony Morris will be joined by leading New York media and entertainment lawyer, Marc Jacobson, to discuss similarities and differences between the legal regimes as they affect filmmakers in the UK and in the USA.  Whilst much of the jurisprudence of the UK and USA is similar if not completely in common, there are important differences that may directly affect filmmakers. An understanding of key differences in copyright and contract practice is important for a filmmaker.

What you will learn:

  • Copyright related issues
  • Guild Matters, when to sign for each one, residuals, other issues
  • Minors’ contracts. US/UK
  • Tax credits in the US/UK
  • Effects of Covid

About the course

Each lecture will focus on one of the important areas where legal issues need to be clearly understood by filmmakers.

Each segment is one hour long and presented on Zoom software. You will need WiFi to join the class.

Who Should Attend?

Those planning and/or engaging in the development and production of films, programmes and other audio-visual works – producers, financiers, directors, writers, composers – in fact anyone interested in the practical realities of filmmaking. 

About Tony Morris

Getting Your Film's Legals Right

Tony Morris has more than 40 years’ experience as a lawyer working across the media, entertainment and technology industries. His main focus is clients operating in the film, television and music industries – not only in the UK but also in the USA, Europe and elsewhere.

Tony has been lecturing regularly since 1997, most recently and currently as the provider of the legal module for the Raindance course for Independent Film Producers, as a guest lecturer at the National Film and Television School and at the University of Portsmouth.

Tony has published dozens of articles and commentaries on a wide range of media and entertainment legal topics in the industry and national press and has appeared as a commentator on both radio and television. He is the author of ‘The Filmmakers’ Legal Guide’ now in its second edition.

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About Marc Jacobson

Marc Jacobson has been practicing film and music law for over 40 years.

Today, while still handling sophisticated music publishing and recording transactions, Marc also handles all legal aspects of filmed entertainment for films like “The Virtuoso” with Anthony Hopkins, “Back In The Day,” (2016) with Alec Baldwin & Annabella Sciorra, “Conviction” (2010) with Hilary Swank & Sam Rockwell” and other pictures.  He was Executive Producer and Production Counsel for “Leaves of the Tree,” “Confidence Game,” “Hostage” and “The Last Film Festival,” Dennis Hopper’s last live action movie.    

He has been listed since 2005 as one of the top 30 entertainment lawyers in NYC by Chambers USA and the only one listed in Music and Film. He has been selected by SuperLawyers since 2008 as one of the top 5% of all lawyers.  He has also been selected to Best Lawyers in the USA since 2019. He is the Founding Chairman of the New York State Bar Association Section on Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law. Marc is licensed to practice law in New York, California and Florida.  

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5 reviews for Legal Lockdown Sessions: Across the Great Divide in America

  1. JOSEPH N KOVLER (verified owner)

    Outstanding, very informative about a complex topic.

  2. Khadifa

    A great course, I really enjoyed it. It’s given me the confidence and understanding of agreements and sales and distribution as I am working on my first film. Tony’s lectures were all delivered in a clear and easy way to understand and I loved that we were given real life examples from his own experience.

  3. Julian Friedmann

    Another excellent session on the similarities and differences between UK/EU and USA media law. So useful if you’re thinking of producing or coproduce good over there.

  4. Julian Friedmann

    Another excellent session on the similarities and differences between UK/EU and USA media law. So useful if you’re thinking of producing or coproducing over there.

  5. BEATRICE COLBRANT (verified owner)

    An excellent presentation about copyright by 2 major media lawyers, Marc Jacobson a top entertainment American lawyer, and Tony Morris, a major British medial lawyer, author of “The filmmakers Legal guide”, a sort of Bible for those who are interested in the matter. It was very interesting to hear about the differences in the USA and the UK as contract practice and case law are essential to know well before you take a film project further within the media industry. As a French trained lawyer myself I had submitted one question beforehand to ask the panel for a short mention of other systems of law, European law generally speaking and French law in particular. This was mentioned by the speakers and my question was answered very precisely. The Q & A was dealt with with great care and attention. I have to add that as I am still in semi-lockdown in the UK and on my own this was probably the most original way I ever celebrated my birthday which happened to be on the very same day as this exciting seminar ! A sort of intellectual comfort of the highest quality.

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