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255.1 sec. 001 - Negotiating Hollywood Contracts (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Linda Lichter  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1


    Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
    Location: Law 244
    On 2019-09-19

    F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Law 244
    On 2019-09-20

    F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
    Location: Law 244
    On 2019-09-20

    Sa 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Law 244
    On 2019-09-21

    Sa 1:30 PM - 4:10 PM
    Location: Law 244
    On 2019-09-21

Course Start: September 19, 2019
Course End: September 21, 2019
Class Number: 32393

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 27
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 32
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

This course will introduce the student to the legal and business issues surrounding the negotiation of entertainment agreements for talent with entertainment companies in the theatrical film business. The course will involve at least three different negotiations: with a major studio for an option and purchase of book/remake rights with a producing component; with a "mini-major" for a writer/director; and for financing of an independent film with an equity financier. In each case, a major practitioner in the field will be present, along with the instructor, to discuss the nature of the negotiations which might take place between the lawyer for the talent and the lawyer for the financier, but also to discuss the entertainment business and the changes in the media world more extensively.

The course will meet over three days:
Thursday, September 19th from 6:25-9:05pm
Friday, September 20th from 10:00-12:00pm and 3:10-6:10pm
Saturday, September 21st from 9:00-12:00 and 1:30-4:10pm

Linda Lichter received her degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973 and her law degree from Berkeley Law in 1976. After practicing in other firms, she formed Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc. in 1992. The firm specializes in representing individuals and companies in their transactions in the entertainment business. Linda has also been involved in the legal and business aspects of development, production, sales and distribution of many studio and independent features. She has been included on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the “100 Most Powerful Lawyers in Hollywood” and the “100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” numerous times. She has also been listed as one of the best lawyers in America in Chambers USA and Super Lawyers. She has taught or lectured at Stanford Business School, the UCLA and USC Entertainment Law Symposiums, and has been on numerous panels for FIND, IFP East, and Sundance. Linda is the Chair of the Board of Governors of The Telluride Film Festival, and is on the Board of Los Angeles Theatre Works.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Contracts (Law 202F) or contract experience as a lawyer.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Business Law

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