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Go deeper into Film Legal rights in Tony Morris’ second series of Legal Lockdowns
Don’t miss this chance to get legal advice from a top industry expert.
What you will learn
Session 1 – Intro to Film Legals – key rights and contracts: basics – Thursday 21 May, 19:00 – 20:00 UK Time
- Key rights in a film; copyright, moral right, performers’ rights
- Creation and ownership of copyright
- The basics of making a contract
- Collaboration agreements
Session 2 – Producers and production agreements – Monday 25 May, 19:00 – 20:00 UK Time
- Producer’s agreements
- Elements of co-production agreements
- International co-productions: UK co-pro treaties; European convention; others
- Production services agreements
Session 3- Directors’ agreements – Thursday 28 May, 19:00 – 20:00 UK Time
- Director’s commitment: first call
- Director as the author of copyright in a film: moral rights
- Payment provisions: pay-or-play; back-end participation
- Director’s obligations; script, casting, budgeting, on-set, post
- Standard contractual provisions
Session 4 – Sales agency and distribution agreements; payment waterfalls CAMAs – Monday 1 June 19:00 – 20:00 UK Time
A good sales agent can be a project’s best friend, getting the details of the sales’ contract right is crucial. The realities of distribution are rapidly changing but there are key principles that apply to all media. Understanding how exploitation in different media interrelates is critical in negotiating distribution agreements. CAMAs and waterfalls are important concepts that filmmakers need to understand.
- Defining the extent of a sales agent’s authority
- Managing sales expenses
- Key points in distribution agreements
- Understanding payment waterfalls
- Collection Agents: their role and importance
Session 5 – Across the great divide – Thursday 4 June, 19:00 – 20:30 UK Time
- 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
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.
About Marc Jacobson (Joining for Session 5)
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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