LEGAL / SAG
"[Lawyers] They do tricks even I can't figure out."
~ Harry Houdini
A curation of articles, podcasts, videos, and courses to help you with your legal understanding of the filmmaking adventure, including how to work with the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG).
I am not a lawyer, please seek professional counsel for your filmmaking needs
A collection of FREE forms, templates, and questionnaires:
A collection of books that focus on the legal aspects of the film business. (*These are affiliate links)
This no-nonsense reference provides fast answers in plain English-no law degree required! Arm yourself with the practical advice of author Thomas Crowell, a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer.
Today's film industry is a legal and financial obstacle course that all independent filmmakers must learn to master. The most comprehensive guide to negotiating that obstacle course is The Biz, a highly accessible overview of the industry's important business, legal and financial aspect.
Clearance and Copyright is the industry-standard guide to almost every conceivable rights issue that filmmakers, videomakers, television producers, and Internet content creators might encounter.
A collection of articles to help guide you through the legal process for your film.
Robert Heske is a Boston-based entertainment lawyer, literary manager and producer. He provides production counsel for films, documentaries and reality TV shows from development through distribution. His guest post on Indie Film Hustle helps answers a few simple questions.
Entertainment attorney Matt Galsor from the firm Greenberg Glusker gave an interactive talk to Film Independent Members, including producers, directors, cinematographers and writers. Here are the top take-aways from the Q&A:
Orly Ravid has both been the founder of The Film Collaborative and an attorney in private practice at Early Sullivan, she has noticed a lack of understanding by filmmakers regarding the law and documentary film distribution. This article may help ...
A collection of podcasts and podcast episodes that cover different aspects of entertainment law for filmmakers.
In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) has an in-depth conversation with Thomas A. Crowell, TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer and Author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers.
The Laws of Entertainment provides an insightful look at the laws, trends and topical issues of all things entertainment. Hosted by Lisa Bonner, an uber opinionated 19 year veteran of entertainment and media law, Lisa and her guests take you on a fun, entertaining, behind the scenes look at this business of entertainment.
A collection of videos that will help guide you in your legal understanding of the film business.
This event will provide information on legal questions every filmmaker should ask when creating a feature film, a short, or other media.
Fears Filmmakers Have Hiring An Entertainment Attorney by Michael C. Donaldson & Lisa A. Callif.
Common Legal Pitfalls in the Entertainment Business: Basic Terms in an Entertainment Contract.
What is Fair Use in a Documentary Film? with Entertainment Lawyer, Michael C. Donaldson.
Make Movies Vlog (Day 85) - How to Cast SAG Actors in your Independent Film.
Make Movies Vlog (Day 87) - Dealing with SAG in Production (SAG SERIES Part2).
A collection of legal services to help with your filmmaking efforts.
California Lawyers for the Arts is a State Bar of California Certified Lawyer Referral & Information Service [LRIS]. If you're a creative artist, arts organization, independent inventor — or someone with a creative arts legal matter — they can match you with a qualified attorney.
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