Step by Step Guide: How You Can Protect Yourself Legally on Film & TV Projects

Taught by Sean Pope

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Class hosted by: Sean Pope

Senior Associate, Ramo Law PC (Netflix's THE BLACK GODFATHER, Liam Neeson's HONEST THIEF, Netflix's CHEER)

Sean Pope is a Senior Associate at Ramo Law PC, one of the largest and most respected entertainment law firms in Hollywood, where he works with producers and production companies focusing on all aspects of production legal services from development to distribution. Prior to joining Ramo Law, Sean worked at a boutique entertainment transactional and litigation firm providing legal services for producers, writers, actors and musicians. His past projects include the upcoming Liam Neeson thriller HONEST THIEF, Netflix documentary THE BLACK GODFATHER, and hit Netflix docu-series CHEER.  Full Bio »


Embarking on creating a film or television project is an enormous undertaking from a business perspective. There are many moving parts to consider - from creative rights to copyright, entity structure, chain of title, compensation, financing, publicity - and that's just scratching the surface. Any missteps during the process could expose you and the production to legal risk, which you always want to avoid.

If only there were a blueprint that can help you think through every step of the process from development all the way through post production...Now there is!

Stage 32 Educator Sean Pope is a Senior Associate at Ramo Law PC, one of the largest and most respected entertainment law firms in Hollywood, where he works with producers and production companies focusing on all aspects of production legal services from development to distribution. Some of his most recent projects that he's worked on include the Liam Neeson thriller HONEST THIEF, Netflix documentary THE BLACK GODFATHER, and Emmy-winning Netflix docu-series CHEER. 

Sean has put together a thorough and exclusive 2-part class for the Stage 32 community to help walk you through everything you need to consider legally for your project. You'll learn everything you need to know in the development stage all the way through pre-production and production. Sean will help you navigate the legal side of film and TV projects ensuring you feel confident going into your next project prepared.

What You'll Learn

Over the course of 2 jam-packed extended sessions Sean will cover:


  • Production Entity
    • Do we need an SPV?
    • Who are the managers/directors?
    • Who has approval rights?
    • How is the entity going to be owned?
    • What is the waterfall? How do we allocate gross receipts?
  • Chain of Title
    • Underlying Rights (e.g., Book, Article, Life Rights, etc.) Option/Purchase
    • Screenplay Option/Purchase
    • Engaging Writers
  • Copyright Filings
    • Document Recordings
    • Registering the Screenplay
  • Financing Documents
    • How is this project being financed?
    • Equity
    • Loans
    • Soft-Monies (e.g., tax credits, grants, etc.)
    • Negative Pick-up
    • Pre-Sales
    • A combination of the above?
  • Q&A with Sean


  • Signing on to the applicable guilds (SAG-AFTRA, WGA, DGA)
  • Above the Line Crew (Director of Photography, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Editor, Casting Director)
  • Clearances for Screenplay
    • Photos/Videos/ Material to be Depicted On-Screen
  • Locations
  • Casting – Making Offers
    • Length of Services (pre/principal/post)
    • Location (do we need to travel cast?)
    • Compensation
      • Fixed Compensation
        • Escrowing Funds
    • Contingent Compensation
      • Back-end Compensation
      • Deferments
      • Box Office Bonuses
      • SVOD Bonuses
      • Award Bonuses
    • Crediting
      • Positioning on screen
      • Paid ads/Excluded ads
      • Above Title Tie
      • Artwork Title Tie
      • Audio Ad Tie
      • Likeness Tie
    • Name and Likeness Approvals
      • Biography
      • Still Photographs
      • Non-Photographic Likeness
      • Merchandising/Commercial Tie-Ins
      • Behind the Scenes/Blooper Footage
      • Key Art Resubmission
    • Publicity Services
    • Approvals/Consultation Rights
      • Script
      • Hair/Makeup/Wardrobe
    • Director
      • 20/60/10/10 Payment Schedule
      • Cuts and Previews
      • Who holds final cut?
  • Q&A with Sean


  • Music
    • Composers
      • Who will own what rights?
        • Publishing Rights
        • Master Rights
    • Music Licensing
      • Master and Sync Licenses
  • Distribution/Sales Agency Agreements
  • Delivery Schedule
    • Title and Copyright Clearance Reports and Opinions
    • Credit/Likeness/Approvals/Dubbing/Cutting Requirement Chart
  • Q&A with Sean

About Your Instructor

Sean Pope is a Senior Associate at Ramo Law PC, one of the largest and most respected entertainment law firms in Hollywood, where he works with producers and production companies focusing on all aspects of production legal services from development to distribution. Prior to joining Ramo Law, Sean worked at a boutique entertainment transactional and litigation firm providing legal services for producers, writers, actors and musicians. His past projects include the upcoming Liam Neeson thriller HONEST THIEF, Netflix documentary THE BLACK GODFATHER, and hit Netflix docu-series CHEER. 


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A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view for one month after the class is complete.


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