Writer's Agreements presented by Tony Morris.

Legal Lockdown Sessions: Writers’ Agreements

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At a glance

  • 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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  • Part 4 of the Legal Lockdown Sessions Series: book all 5 HERE

🎬 Session 4: Writers’ agreements

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Often the first step in the process of filmmaking is engaging a writer. Quite apart from sharing a creative vision, producer and writer need to understand what each may expect from the other in terms of delivery and reward and the timeline within which each may expect the other to perform their respective obligations. In this session we will consider the key components of a writer’s agreement. We will also consider the position where a finished screenplay is acquired by a producer.

Topics covered include:

  • What does a producer want – what will a writer provide?
  • Timeline/ delivery milestones
  • Getting paid
  • Prequels, sequels and other works
  • Copyright/rights
  • Exclusivity and competing projects
  • Credit
  • Acquiring a finished screenplay

What you will learn

Understanding the importance of key legal rights for filmmakers and the contracts by which they are bolted together and how to approach the job of protecting their legal interests in their work.

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

About the course

Part 4 of the Legal Lockdown Sessions Series: book all 5 HERE

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

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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2 reviews for Legal Lockdown Sessions: Writers’ Agreements

  1. Anita lewton Moukkes

    Detailed look at various terms on writers agreements … highly knowledgable professional Tony Morris

  2. Barbara Vonau

    Full pfmuseful information and all thenlegal jargon explained so I can understand it. Excellent presentation and good quality internet connection. Can be watched in isolation as no need to have participated in the previous sessions.

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