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255.1 sec. 001 - Negotiating Hollywood Contracts (Fall 2021)

Instructor: Linda B Lichter  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 244
On 2021-09-30

F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 244
On 2021-10-01

F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Location: Law 244
On 2021-10-01

Sa 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 244
On 2021-10-02

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Law 244
On 2021-10-02

Course Start: September 30, 2021
Course End: October 02, 2021
Class Number: 31693

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 31
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 01/25 05:06 PM

This course will introduce students to legal and business issues surrounding the negotiation of agreements for talent with entertainment companies in the theatrical film and streaming business. The course will involve three or more different types of deals 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 a writer and director; with an equity financier for an "independent film;" and with a streaming company or other television entity. Major practitioners in the field may be present, along with the instructor, to discuss the issues which may arise in the negotiations, from the basics of deals to the subtle dance between the lawyer for the talent and the lawyer for the financier/distributor, but also to discuss the entertainment business and the changes happening in the media world more extensively.

The course will meet over three days:
Thursday, September 30th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Friday, October 1st 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Saturday, October 2nd 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM - 4:10 PM

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 founded what is now 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 been involved in the legal and business aspects of development, production, sales and distribution of many studio films, independent features, television series and documentaries. 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. She is married and has three children.

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 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

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