Script to Screen: The Legal Challenges of Creating a Film
About this Lawline.com 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.
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
I practice and work in this area and found it to be an excellent, well-presented overview.
very interesting topic; speaker covered a lot of material.
This is a GREAT course.
Excellent. Worth watching for anyone.
Excellent course and excellent speaker.
Very interesting. Excellent presentation of the materials.
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
Good program. Mr. Bordman presented well, and in a short time delivered a reasonably comprehensive primer about "movie law" basics.
Excellent overview of the relevant legal issues, including some I would not have thought about.
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!
One of the best courses on lawline.
Great overview. Now I really understand Entourage.
Very interesting presentation - very practical for writers and others.
Very interesting topic presented in a compact well-paced overview.
I have done some tv and film work and this is absolutely great once it started getting into things.
Excellent presentation, slides, and references to landmark legal authority.
This was one of the most interesting classes I've viewed on Lawline. Ethan Bordman was great - interesting, concise, informative.
Excellent presentation. Not pertinent to my practice but very interesting.
Very well done presentation and interesting as well.
Great topic, very accessible.
Outstanding presentation on where the rubber (the law) meets the road (the entertainment industry).
Enjoyable and informative.
Very interesting and I appreciated the accompanying slideshow. Great presentation from an obviously knowledgeable expert.
interesting presentation, well done.
Very intense speaker, knows his subject
A well organized introduction to an interesting field.
Fantastic! Easy to understand, thorough, gave a great overview with all key points!
Great traps for the unwary exposed.
First rate presentation on an interesting subject. Presented well, in an organized, clear manner. Talented lecturer.
excellent, useful, informative presentation by a skilled and experienced attorney
What fun! I will never practice entertainment law, so this was a fun visit to the practice.
Very good course
good on films
An excellent overview.
Very well done. Informative even to a non entertainment lawyer.
Well done- nice application of the law to a real world situation, soup to nuts.
Excellent speaker and wonderful subject matter.
Quite informative for basic, introductory course
Speaker was excellent, lively and informative. Highly recommended as a primer.
One of the best presentations I have heard yet. This was a good refresher for me, even thopugh I'm in the field.
EXCELLENT INFORMATION!! GREAT CLE!!
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.
Extremely enjoyable and informative
Good introduction to this topic
A very interesting presentation and a well organized introduction to entertainment law.
Very interesting subject matter, and the speaker was excellent.
Very relevant to areas of interest.
The best speaker of any CLE presentation in over 30 years in practice.
The speaker was excellent and was clearly a master of his material.
Very interesting and thorough presentation.
Very knowledgable instructor!
Very good introductory course on entertainment.
Great information on an interesting topic.
excellent presentation, covering a broad array of topics
One of the best!
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.
Very good overview of the issues to think about.
A good basic overview of legal issues involved in film production.
content and presentation excellent
Mr. Boardman imparted a lot of specific information.
very interesting content and great case studies - the celebrity factor was very novel.
Instructor held my attention & was very effective in explaining the law
Very interesting program, well presented.
Instructional and well presented
Interesting and informative
Was a nice change of pace, especially for a movie buff
Found it fascinating.
E. Bordman is phenominal. This was excellent.
Fast-moving seminar that touches on the key legal and business aspects of film production. Superb. 5 Stars
Really interesting, fun course. Covered a lot of material succinctly.
Interesting, flowed nicely.
This teacher is outstanding and entertaining
very well done; subjects chosen were handled in a time-effective manner
The stuff on minors was interesting.
Very good speaker; great substance in short time frame
Very informative and accessible overview of applicable law and entertainment Industry practices
Fun, interesting subject; good presentation, easy to follow and understand.
A very good overview of an interesting industry, presented in a professional and articulate manner.
Very informative. Lecturer covered a lot salient topics.
great topic. makes you want to learn more
Outstanding. Lots of info.
Excellent speaker and topic content. Kept me interested every single minute!
Excellent presentation and topic.
More interesting than I thought it would be. Mr. Bordman really knows his stuff.
Mr. Bordman was outstanding.
Useful information presented with enough detail but not too much. HIghly recommended.
Very interesting program!
Excellent! Speaker has a nice tone of voice, pace and style. Looking for more on this subject matter.
Very interesting seminar.
Excellent presentation. Covered a wide array of topics clearly and succinctly.
Broad program, but Speaker hit highlights and gave broad explanatory examples.
eloquently and intelligently presented
Many practical points.
Well done. Clear and concise presentation
Everyone seems to have a "script" - excellent presentation on how to get the ball rolling.
not my practice area, but the speaker was really excellent
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.
Very interesting presentation on a fun and unique topic
Very informative and practical, good speaker.
A great one relevant to my space.
I was pleasantly surprised and the high quality and excellent content of this course.
very interesting and concise presentation
Excellent materials and presenter.
Excellent and interesting !!!
Excellent speaker. Wish more time was allotted so that he could address more details. Clearly very knowledgeable.
Fun topic. Excellent presentation.
Interesting topics with good suggestions on how to lead clients.
Engaging and held my interest
Really interesting. Should do a longer version.
Very interesting and well presented
very good pace
Well done. Easy to listen to
Fun and practical
Very specialized field of law... but instructor was very good.
Great seminar - Very interesting and informative.
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."
my favorite lawline seminar to date - interesting and informative
Very thorough and well presented.
Very good presentation
Extremely engaging presentation
Very well done program.
This presentation delivered what it promised.
One of the best CLEs I have watched this year. It was informative and entertaining.
Excellent overview course.
Fabulous class, very informative. I only wish more time had been allotted for the material.
very general overview of a very complicated process
Very well presented with a lot of practical advice for first time film makers/lawyers
very well done and held my interest
Overall, a good presentation
Very interesting and informative.
The speaker was fantastic! A terrific overview of the basic issues that someone with a "great idea" has to navigate to get his film made. As a lawyer who is also a novice writer, this CLE course was just what the doctor ordered! Thanks.
Really good whether you're in the industry or not.
I'd like to see some examples of contracts.
Presentation is thorough, comprehensive, interesting. The speaker is clearly an expert in the field and he communicates comprehensive information in a readily understandable manner.
Very informative. Learned a great deal. Now I want to learn more about this subject.
Interesting topic and good speaker.
One of the best programs I've ever taken. Well-paced, excellent content, understandable and great speaker.
iInteresting look at movie production
Good information well presented