Screenwriters, Producers, Filmmakers - Get Smart, Get Legal, Get Protected - With 40-Page Downloadable Workbook!

How To Avoid Potholes and Protect Your Work, Your Relationships and Your Career
Hosted by Gary W. Goldstein


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Gary W Goldstein

Webinar hosted by: Gary W. Goldstein

Attorney and Producer

Gary W. Goldstein has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits, generating well over One Billion Dollars in worldwide revenue, receiving multiple Academy Award nominations, People’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe and various other awards. In addition to Under Siege (Warner Bros.) and The Mothman Prophecies (Sony / Screen Gems) and a slate of ‘indie’ and major studio films Gary produced, Pretty Woman went on to become the highest grossing live-action film in Disney’s history. Long before Gary produced his first low-budget film Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death, he founded his own literary management firm representing writers, directors and select actors. Launching careers for talented ‘unknowns’ became his passion and signature, many of whom continue to be hugely successful across film and television. Gary recently authored Conquering Hollywood: The Screenwriters Blueprint for Career Success, the top-selling book teaching aspiring creative talent how to turn their talent into a business and a career. A champion and mentor to aspiring screenwriters and other creatives, he recent published new coursework: Breaking Into Hollywood: The Master Class. Full Bio »

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"The workbook alone is worth 10 times what the webinar cost. I am in awe. Thank you, Gary."

- Antonio T.


There's nothing worse than having a screenplay bought or a project with financing get placed on hold because of legal issues that could have been handled at the start. Too many projects have been shelved permanently and will never see the light of day because of conflicts and misunderstandings that could easily have been avoided.  Unfortunately, few screenwriters, filmmakers or producers know the right questions that need to be asked and answered in order to protect yourself and your project legally. It doesn't need to be this way, though. There are simple legal steps you can take from the beginning to assure a smooth and steady ride so your focus can be on making the best project possible.

Especially for those in creative fields, navigating legal issues can feel overwhelming and confusing, maybe even unnecessary. Yet having a basic legal understanding of how to protect your work and property is incredibly crucial. You need to know how to legally incorporate everyone's input and notes into your script without worrying about losing authorship. You need to know how to set up a partnership for success and why so many people run into trouble when doing so. You need to know when it's okay to agree to work for free or 'on spec' and why it's still vital to have a written agreement. And you need to know when it's okay to talk business on your own behalf. The good news is you don't need to pass the bar in order to ensure you and your projects are in good legal shape. Instead, you just need a little guidance. 

Producer and attorney Gary W. Goldstein star of Netflix's The Movies That Made Us, has produced some of the biggest box office hits in film history and has served as a mentor to dozens of prestigious writers, producers, and filmmakers. His credits include PRETTY WOMAN, UNDER SIEGE, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, and many more. He's also papered some of the biggest deals in film history. By working as both a producer and entertainment attorney, Gary's knowledge of deal memos and contracts is without peer. He knows all the do's and don'ts, the tips and tricks, and the side streets and alleyways toward making sure that you are not only protected, but getting the benefits and compensation you deserve for your efforts. 

Now, exclusively for Stage 32, Gary will teach you:

  • A complete "how to" in order to assure that you use a proven and smart approach to protecting yourself legally
  • His 3 rules that should never be broken when entering into deals
  • Whether you should use an agent or an attorney (or both) to negotiate your compensation and benefits on your behalf
  • How to deal with release forms and option agreements 
  • How to assure you get everything in writing so there are no surprises or disappointments down the road
  • How to maintain a paper trail of all communication and why it's monumentally important to do so.
  • The realities of maintaining creative control and how to handle the creative contributions of others as well as the pitfalls to avoid when receiving feedback.
  • The qualities of finding a good creative or business partner and the essential questions to ask up front. 

As if all this wasn't enough, Gary will provide a 40-page interactive workbook exclusive for those who take this webinar. This is an invaluable resource!

What You'll Learn

  • The 3 rules that must never be broken when entering into deals.
  • Agents versus attorneys, where to look and when.
  • How to deal with release forms (and other work-arounds).
  • Your history and the value of a well-maintained paper trail.
  • Avoiding serious problems (aka “getting it in writing”).
  • The reality of ‘creative control’.
  • The possible pitfalls of creative contributions by others.
  • The qualities of a good partner (and the essential questions to ask up front).
  • How to simply, quickly & effectively deal with copyright and WGA registrations.
  • The all-important option agreement! (hint: it’s not just about the dollars).
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Gary!

Plus! This webinar includes a 40-page interactive workbook put together by Gary for YOU!

About Your Instructor

Gary W. Goldstein has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits, generating well over One Billion Dollars in worldwide revenue, receiving multiple Academy Award nominations, People’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe and various other awards. In addition to Under Siege (Warner Bros.) and The Mothman Prophecies (Sony / Screen Gems) and a slate of ‘indie’ and major studio films Gary produced, Pretty Woman went on to become the highest grossing live-action film in Disney’s history.

Long before Gary produced his first low-budget film Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death, he founded his own literary management firm representing writers, directors and select actors. Launching careers for talented ‘unknowns’ became his passion and signature, many of whom continue to be hugely successful across film and television.

Gary recently authored Conquering Hollywood: The Screenwriters Blueprint for Career Success, the top-selling book teaching aspiring creative talent how to turn their talent into a business and a career. A champion and mentor to aspiring screenwriters and other creatives, he recent published new coursework: Breaking Into Hollywood: The Master Class.


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"Here’s some practical advice for those seeking a career in Hollywood, from someone who really knows what the hell he's talking about."

- J.F. Lawton, Screenwriter (PRETTY WOMAN, UNDER SIEGE)


"When I met Gary, I had nothing but talent and a drive to succeed. Nine months later, I had my first script option, my first studio writing assignment, and a Writers Guild card. The advice here is worth its weight in gold"

- Allison Burnett, Screenwriter & Director (AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, FEAST OF LOVE, GONE AND UNDISCOVERED GYRL)


"When I became your student, I was a mom with a script. Now, I'm a series writer-producer-director. Thank you for helping me achieve one of my biggest dreams. And thank you for this class. You continue to amaze."

- Sally Rubin, Screenwriter, Producer, Author


"Gary W. Goldstein’s mentoring will prove 100% better than whatever else you may be considering. He will change your life."

- Marilyn Warda, author, The Randomness of Life


"I’ve learned more about how things really work from Gary than I have over the past 10 years and countless other classes!"

- Angela Falkowska, Screenwriter


"The workbook alone is worth 10 times what the webinar cost. I am in awe. Thank you, Gary."

- Antonio T.


"Again, Stage 32 outdoes itself. What a score landing Gary. He's a legend."

Jason R.


"Gary, you had me from minute one. Amazing information. And delivered with class and style.

-Angela P.



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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Good information, but it sounds like the presenter wanted to give a lot more information, but he was directed to finish the class in an hour, (as he mentions a few times in the video) so skimmed over a bunch of stuff that he would have liked to go into more detail on. I wish he was free to give the presentation he wanted to give, and not be restricted by the clock, or whoever told him to keep it to an hour. This is obviously a much larger topic and should have provided more information for the money.
  • thanks, i needed this months ago now i know i really need a lawyer so here we go!
  • Gary is great! He prepared me for the contract I signed not long after the class. Who knew!

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