About this Program

Attorneys who represent producers, directors and screenwriters must be well versed in many areas of the law in order to best protect their clients’ financial and creative interests.  Join entertainment lawyer Ethan Bordman for this comprehensive presentation on the various legal challenges that arise throughout the film development process, from the origination of an idea to the distribution of the resulting film. Topics of discussion include what is copyrightable, essential production contract terms, negotiation tips for optioning a project, as well as state and federal tax incentives which can aid in the financing of a film production.  In addition, Mr. Bordman sheds light on the legal advantages and disadvantages of using union production crews, and provides guidance on selecting and working with distributors. Also, don't miss his interesting discussion of the "Son of Sam" laws on profiting from crimes, as well as celebrity lawsuits stemming from the absence of written contracts. This program will teach you how to best advocate for your film industry clients throughout each level of the film development cycle.

Agenda:
I.     Idea vs. Expression - What is Copyrightable?
II.    "Son of Sam" Laws & Literary/Media Rights
III.   Optioning Your Project
IV.   Production Contracts
V.    Financing the Production
VI.   Distribution

 

Reviews

Mark
Phoenix, AZ

I practice and work in this area and found it to be an excellent, well-presented overview.

Michael
Cicero, NY

very interesting topic; speaker covered a lot of material.

Bret
Dfw Airport, TX

This is a GREAT course.

Karen
Livermore, CA

Very interesting.

Mark
Manassas, VA

Excellent course and excellent speaker.

Michael
Richmond, VA

Very interesting. Excellent presentation of the materials.

steven
Washington, DC

This was one of the best seminars thus far. The speaker was practical and forthright and got directly to the point. Coverage of the subject matter was right on point. I highly recommed this seminar. Steven - Washington, DC

Richard
Vienna, VA

Good program. Mr. Bordman presented well, and in a short time delivered a reasonably comprehensive primer about "movie law" basics.

Mara
Alexandria, VA

Excellent overview of the relevant legal issues, including some I would not have thought about.

Max
Fortuna, CA

good

TeriMichelle
Chesapeake, VA

This "well-produced" CLE is a great primer about contract law within a specialized field of practice. Mr. Bordman inserts contemporary references to keep it interesting... a professional and stellar performance!

Robert
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

One of the best courses on lawline.

Mathew
Richmond, VA

Great overview. Now I really understand Entourage.

Linda
Fredricksburg, VA

Very interesting presentation - very practical for writers and others.

Justin
Sacramento, CA

Very useful.

MELODIE
Forest Hills, NY

Very interesting topic presented in a compact well-paced overview.

Andrew
Congers, NY

I have done some tv and film work and this is absolutely great once it started getting into things.

Robert
Cincinnati, OH

Excellent presentation, slides, and references to landmark legal authority.

Afsaneh Lynne
Arlington, VA

This was one of the most interesting classes I've viewed on Lawline. Ethan Bordman was great - interesting, concise, informative.

Somer
Knoxville, TN

Excellent presentation. Not pertinent to my practice but very interesting.

Regina
Ellicott City, MD

Very well done presentation and interesting as well.

William
Nashville, TN

Very informative.

Allison
Santa Monica, CA

great presentation!

Darrell
Washington, D.c., DC

enlightening

Vincent
Beltsville, MD

good

Anthony
Wilmington, DE

Great topic, very accessible.

T Gregory
Galena, IL

Outstanding presentation on where the rubber (the law) meets the road (the entertainment industry).

James
Oakland, CA

Enjoyable and informative.

Anne B.
Crossville, TN

Very interesting and I appreciated the accompanying slideshow. Great presentation from an obviously knowledgeable expert.

Joy
New York, NY

Excellent

John
Lake Oswego, OR

interesting presentation, well done.

Ilise
Haddonfield, NJ

Very intense speaker, knows his subject

David
New York, NY

A well organized introduction to an interesting field.

Craig
Los Angeles, CA

Fantastic! Easy to understand, thorough, gave a great overview with all key points!

Mary
Alexandria, VA

Great traps for the unwary exposed.

Jeffie
San Antonio, TX

Excellent!

Linus
Oneida, NY

First rate presentation on an interesting subject. Presented well, in an organized, clear manner. Talented lecturer.

Phyllis
New Suffolk, NY

excellent, useful, informative presentation by a skilled and experienced attorney

David
Red Wing, MN

What fun! I will never practice entertainment law, so this was a fun visit to the practice.

Larryann
Tracy, CA

Very good course

Valery
Middlesex, NJ

Excellent!

Steve
Globe, AZ

good on films

Kenneth
New York, NY

An excellent overview.

Karoline
New York, NY

Fantastic course.

Nnena
St. Louis, MO

Very well done. Informative even to a non entertainment lawyer.

Steven
Nashville, TN

Well done- nice application of the law to a real world situation, soup to nuts.

Claudia
Phoenix, AZ

Great Job

Ian
Alton, IL

Excellent presentation.

Christopher
Elgin, IL

Interesting course.

Daniel
Lake Zurich, IL

Very interesting.

Matthew
Charlottesville, VA

Quite informative for basic, introductory course

Thomas
New York, NY

Speaker was excellent, lively and informative. Highly recommended as a primer.

David Peter
South Orange, NJ

One of the best presentations I have heard yet. This was a good refresher for me, even thopugh I'm in the field.

Oscar
Katy, TX

EXCELLENT INFORMATION!! GREAT CLE!!

James Blake C.
Los Angeles, CA

Informative

Richard
Dallas, TX

One of the best presentations I have seen. The speaker was knowledgeable and able to convey the topic material in a concisely and interestingly. I recommend this course unreservedly.

Joshua
Memphis, TN

Good introduction to this topic

Teisha
Houston, TX

Great seminar.

Jason
Austin, TX

A very interesting presentation and a well organized introduction to entertainment law.

Anastasia
Virginia Beach, VA

Very interesting subject matter, and the speaker was excellent.

Deborah
Springfield, VA

Very relevant to areas of interest.

Michael
Newport Beach, CA

The best speaker of any CLE presentation in over 30 years in practice.

Triet M.
Houston, TX

good speaker

Robert
Paradise Valley, AZ

Excellent!

Sarah
Topeka, KS

The speaker was excellent and was clearly a master of his material.

Lara
Wellington,

Very knowledgable instructor!

Michelle
Fillmore, CA

very informative

Cheryl
West Orange, NJ

Very good introductory course on entertainment.

Lisa
Los Angeles, CA

Great information on an interesting topic.

Jeremy
Los Angeles, CA

excellent presentation, covering a broad array of topics

Marthe
Alexandria, VA

very informative

Billy
Lynchburg, VA

One of the best!

Colleen
Poquoson, VA

This was a very interesting subject matter that I would not have otherwise learned about. Mr. Bordman was very clear, well-organized and interesting. Thank you.

Richard
Babylon,

Very good overview of the issues to think about.

Lawrence
Arlington, VA

A good basic overview of legal issues involved in film production.

Marguerite
Arlington, VA

Fasinating course!

Dennis
Burke,

content and presentation excellent

John
Simi Valley, CA

Enjoyable

Daniel
New York, NY

Mr. Boardman imparted a lot of specific information.

dan
Collierville, TN

very interesting content and great case studies - the celebrity factor was very novel.

jama
Seymour, TN

Instructor held my attention & was very effective in explaining the law

Mary Ann
Palm Springs, CA

Very interesting program, well presented.

Jamey
Golden, CO

Helpful information.

Etta
Kingsport, TN

Instructional and well presented

Jonathan
Saratoga, CA

Interesting and informative

Sherry
Lavergne, TN

Very interesting!

Danielle
Maryville, TN

Was a nice change of pace, especially for a movie buff

Denise
Chicago, IL

Found it fascinating.

Joseph
Studio City, CA

E. Bordman is phenominal. This was excellent.

Nadia
San Leandro, CA

Good speaker.

John
San Francisco, CA

very thorough

Ralph
Princeton,

Fast-moving seminar that touches on the key legal and business aspects of film production. Superb. 5 Stars

Michael
San Ramon, CA

Really interesting, fun course. Covered a lot of material succinctly.

Marcia
Los Angeles, CA

Interesting, flowed nicely.

Daniel
Los Altos, CA

This teacher is outstanding and entertaining

Jay
Memphis, TN

very well done; subjects chosen were handled in a time-effective manner

Kevin
Ocala, FL

The stuff on minors was interesting.

Loriann
Secaucus,

good seminar

Melissa
Chicago, IL

Very good speaker; great substance in short time frame

Matthew
Huntington Beach, CA

excellent knowledge

Anthony
Chicago, IL

Very informative and accessible overview of applicable law and entertainment Industry practices

Jeannie
Arroyo Grande, CA

Fun, interesting subject; good presentation, easy to follow and understand.

ira
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

A very good overview of an interesting industry, presented in a professional and articulate manner.

Karen
Denver, CO

very informative!

James Albert
Anaheim, CA

Very informative. Lecturer covered a lot salient topics.

Denise
Santa, CA

great topic. makes you want to learn more

Karyn
Ca,

Outstanding. Lots of info.

Vicki
San Diego, CA

Excellent speaker and topic content. Kept me interested every single minute!

James H.
Surprise, AZ

excellent

Susan
Manhasset, NY

Excellent presentation and topic.

Philip
Manhattan Beach, CA

Very informative.

Miles
Palo Alto, CA

More interesting than I thought it would be. Mr. Bordman really knows his stuff.

Patricia
Norco, CA

Mr. Bordman was outstanding.

Sullivan
Nashville, TN

Useful information presented with enough detail but not too much. HIghly recommended.

Fred
Brooklyn, NY

thank you!

Quentin
Charlotte, NC

Good session.

Robert
Stamford, CT

Very interesting program!

Victoria
Los Angeles,

Excellent! Speaker has a nice tone of voice, pace and style. Looking for more on this subject matter.

Mariann
Germantown, TN

Very interesting seminar.

Terrie
Dallas, TX

excellent information

Susanne
New York, NY

Excellent presentation. Covered a wide array of topics clearly and succinctly.

Lisa
Bryn Mawr, PA

Broad program, but Speaker hit highlights and gave broad explanatory examples.

Stephen
New York, NY

eloquently and intelligently presented

Eric
New York, NY

Many practical points.

James
New York, NY

Well done. Clear and concise presentation

Robert
Rolling Meadows, IL

Everyone seems to have a "script" - excellent presentation on how to get the ball rolling.

Bruce
Richmond, VA

Good course

James
Chicago, IL

interesting information

Karen
Washington, DC

not my practice area, but the speaker was really excellent

Bruce
Mount Vernon, NY

Among the best CLE classes I've ever taken - I would have been happy if it went on for a while longer so that Mr. Bordman could explain even more about certain topics.

James
Lake Bluff, IL

Very interesting presentation on a fun and unique topic

Laury
New York, NY

Very informative and practical, good speaker.

Doug
Evanston, IL

A great one relevant to my space.

John
Kansas City,

Outstanding speaker

Rita
South Freeport, ME

I was pleasantly surprised and the high quality and excellent content of this course.

Steve
Houston, TX

very interesting and concise presentation

Woodie
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Very informative.

William
Alexandria, VA

Good presentation.

Elizabeth
Lake Dallas, TX

Excellent materials and presenter.

Marshall
Houston, TX

great course

Mark
Portland, ME

Excellent and interesting !!!

Kathryn
Williamsburg, VA

very interesting

Megha
New York, NY

Excellent speaker. Wish more time was allotted so that he could address more details. Clearly very knowledgeable.

Jesse
Spring, TX

Fun topic. Excellent presentation.

Tom
Montgomery, TX

Interesting topics with good suggestions on how to lead clients.

Glen
Missouri City, TX

Engaging and held my interest

Mickie
Dallas, TX

Very interesting and well presented

Geoffrey
Downers Grove, IL

very good pace

Allan
San Antonio, TX

Well done. Easy to listen to

Young Ki
New York, NY

Fun and practical

Michael
Denver, CO

Very specialized field of law... but instructor was very good.

William

excellent

Randy
New York, NY

Informative lecture!

Will
Aurora, CO

Great seminar - Very interesting and informative.

Ann-Kathryn
Alexandria, VA

Very interesting!

Hwesu
Bronxville, NY

Good program.

Michael
Spicewood, TX

Great presentation, moves along smoothly, and highlights points for consideration in creating a film, i.e., getting the various rights right for each participant in the creation and producing of a film and the importance of "CONTRACT."

Thomas
Post Falls, ID

well done

Allison
Coppell, TX

my favorite lawline seminar to date - interesting and informative

Howah
Brooklyn, NY

Very thorough and well presented.

Sharon
Mandeville, LA

Very good presentation

James
Hackensack,

Extremely engaging presentation

Ilene
Los Angeles, CA

Very well done program.

James
Covina, CA

This presentation delivered what it promised.

Ira
Richmond, TX

Very useful.

Kevin
San Antonio, TX

Great primer.

Garry
Hawthorne, NY

Excellent!

Dennis
Plano, TX

One of the best CLEs I have watched this year. It was informative and entertaining.

Henry
Ny, NY

Excellent overview course.

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Production Date

August 11, 2011

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