Breaking Down IP (Intellectual Property) For Development

Hosted by Jordan Barel (Feature Contest Judge)

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Jordan Barel (Feature Contest Judge)

Webinar hosted by: Jordan Barel (Feature Contest Judge)

Entertainment Attorney, Writer & Producer

Jordan Barel is an entertainment attorney who has previously worked for New Line Cinema, Generate, Alloy, and AMC and was recently names in Variety's Hollywood Movers and Shakers List! He works closely with Verve Talent Agency identifying new writers and material for production and representation. As a producer, Jordan also runs his own graphic novel publishing studio, Loaded Barrel Studios. He won the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others for their groundbreaking work in live-action graphic novels including Grey, Brielle and the Horror & God of the Machines. Jordan has optioned books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan (Sabrina), Brendan Deneen (Knight Rider), Jeffrey Erb (Sisters on 7th), and Aaron Berger (The Book of Life). He’s developed at studios such as Chatrone, Unique Features, and Leomark Studios in the independent film space. Jordan is currently producing the independent film The Incoherents filming in NY right now!   Full Bio »

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Ever read something in the paper you wanted to make into a movie? Got a great novel you absolutely love and think you should make it into a film? Well, before you do you'll want to make sure you can legally pursue this path. There are many aspects to securing the rights to an intellectual property but they don't have to stop you!

In this Stage 32 Next Level webinar, Breaking Down IP (Intellectual Property) For Development, Jordan Barel (Entertainment Attorney who worked for New Line Cinema, Generate, Alloy, and AMC) will provide you a thorough examination of the legal aspects of trying to find and build your story. He walks through the hurdles, pitfalls, and aggravations you can avoid if you look for stories the proper (read: legal) way. In addition, we'll look at great ways to keep those stories safely in your hands and how you can make the next Robin Hood! 

Your host, Jordan will tackle securing various IP rights from screenplays to books to comics and new articles. Teaching you the difference between each and what kinds of stories you should pursue. Also, he'll cover where so many people go wrong and what stories you should steer clear of. Then he'll go into life rights and public domain to help give you an understanding of what public stories/figures you can cover and how to search for free intellectual property. 

You'll walk away from this webinar with the knowledge of how to approach stories you find interesting without getting yourself in a legal bind. You'll find out what you need to know to be able to protect your work and focus on the creative development of your projects. 

What You'll Learn

  • Copyright
    • What you need to know to protect your work
    • What you think you know is not what you need to know
  • Trademark
    • This ain't your problem; let me explain
  • Screenplay rights
    • How to protect your work from producing predators and how producers can acquire scripts the right way
    • How to acquire other people's screenplays to both finance and develop on your own
  • Books/Comic rights
    • Is there a difference between book and comic rights from a legal perspective? Do comic images play a role in this? A step by step guide.
    • How to create this kind of IP if you want to flip the IP into a movie or TV show
    • How to properly find out who owns the book or comic and how to negotiate with them.
  • News Article rights
    • Learn what kinds of stories you can make and which ones you shouldn't.
    • Choosing the best kind of stories to adapt and develop
  • Life Rights
    • What you need to know about the best stories you've read about.
    • Understand public vs private figures, sale of rights, etc.
  • Public Domain
    • Learn when the law is on your side.
    • Exists outside of copyright law
    • How to begin your search for free IP 
  • Option Deals
    • When to use the option deal
    • Securing more than one project

 Plus, Q&A with Jordan Barel!

About Your Instructor

Jordan Barel is an entertainment attorney who has previously worked for New Line Cinema, Generate, Alloy, and AMC and was recently names in Variety's Hollywood Movers and Shakers List! He works closely with Verve Talent Agency identifying new writers and material for production and representation.

As a producer, Jordan also runs his own graphic novel publishing studio, Loaded Barrel Studios. He won the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others for their groundbreaking work in live-action graphic novels including Grey, Brielle and the Horror & God of the Machines.

Jordan has optioned books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan (Sabrina), Brendan Deneen (Knight Rider), Jeffrey Erb (Sisters on 7th), and Aaron Berger (The Book of Life). He’s developed at studios such as Chatrone, Unique Features, and Leomark Studios in the independent film space. Jordan is currently producing the independent film The Incoherents filming in NY right now!

 

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