Legal Lockdown Sessions Series 2


Location: Live Online Only
Next Date: Thursday 21 May, 19:00 – 20:00 UK Time
Duration: 5 Evenings
Price: £36



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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

Series 2 Session 1 is a revision lecture for those who attended season 1 and an intro for those new to the Legal Lockdown Lectures.  A finished film is generally a collaborative work that relies on numerous contributions and which also comprises a collection of ‘rights’.  Unless each participant and provider of rights has a clearly agreed set of terms, trouble may loom.  In this session we will consider the principal rights arising in relation to a film and how to ensure by way of agreement that each party knows what it is that is expected of each other and, where applicable, without the need for excessive formality.
  • Key rights in a film; copyright, moral right, performers’ rights
  • Creation and ownership of copyright
  • Commissioning
  • The basics of making a contract
  • Collaboration agreements

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Session 2 – Producers and production agreements – Monday 25 May, 19:00 – 20:00 UK Time

The primary obligation of an individual producer will be to take overall responsibility for managing the production of a project on budget and to deliver the finished film to a specific location by a designated date. There are other who may be accorded a producer or executive producer credit who play no active part in the physical creation of a film.  Production companies, sometimes collaborating with other production companies, also produce films and may set up SPVS to line produce a film under production services agreements.  Confused?   In this session we will analyse and distinguish these arrangements and the respective roles played by each of those called ‘producer’.
  • Producer’s agreements
  • Elements of co-production agreements
  • International co-productions:  UK co-pro treaties; European convention; others
  • Production services agreements

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Session 3- Directors’ agreements – Thursday 28 May, 19:00 – 20:00 UK Time

One key step in the process of filmmaking is appointing a director.  Quite apart from sharing a creative vision, the director will need to understand what the producer expects in terms of delivery and the timeline within which the pre- production, principal photography and post is to happen.  In this session we will consider the key components of a director’s agreement.  We will also revisit some of the standard contractual terms considered in Series 1 that will apply to most if not all of the agreements to be signed by the principal contributors to a film.
  • 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

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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

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Session 5 – Across the great divide – Thursday 4  June, 19:00 – 20:30 UK Time

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. Matters to be covered will include:
  • 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

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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 (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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