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255.1 sec. 001 - Negotiating Hollywood Contracts (Fall 2020)

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

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-10-01

F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-10-02

F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-10-02

Sa 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-10-03

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-10-03

Course Start: October 01, 2020
Course End: October 03, 2020
Class Number: 32588

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 34
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course will introduce the student to legal and business issues surrounding the negotiation of agreements for talent with entertainment companies in the theatrical and television business. The course will involve three or different negotiations and explore the issues which may arise: with a major studio for an option and purchase of book/remake rights with a producing component; with a "mini-major" for a producer and for writers and directors; with an equity financier for an "independent film;" and with a streaming company or other television entity. Major practitioners in the field will be present, along with the instructor, to discuss the issues which may arise in the negotiations between the lawyer for the talent and the lawyer for the financier/distributor, but also to discuss the entertainment business and the changes in the media world more extensively.

The course will meet over three days:
Thursday, October 1 from 6:25-9:05pm
Friday, October 2, from 10:00-12:00pm and 3:10-6:10pm
Saturday, October 3, 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 & Clark, 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” and "Variety 500" 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.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Contracts is strongly recommended or having on the job experience negotiating contracts is a prerequisite for LLM and JSD students.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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