Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is an entertainment and intellectual property attorney and partner with the New York law firm of LaneCrowell, LLP. Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, including deals with TLC, Elsevier Publishing, Starz, Discovery Communications, Focal Press, the Smithsonian Network, WE: The Women's Entertainment Network, The Science Technology Network, IDW Publishing, and Sony Entertainment. His clients' work is seen in the pages of Marvel and DC comics and on movie, TV, computer, and mobile screens across the world. A frequent columnist for film industry publications, Mr. Crowell is also the author of a best-selling legal guide for independent producers, The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers (Focal Press), which has been adopted as a core textbook in many film and law schools across the United States. His latest book is “The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators” (Focal Press) — is the very first dedicated legal guide for the comic book industry. He currently serves as a series editor for Focal Press and its new line of legal guides for artists. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Crowell was a television producer and the head of business development for one of Japan's premier satellite television news companies, the Science Technology Network. Mr. Crowell began his legal career at KMZ Rosenman, where he established his expertise in entertainment, media, intellectual property protection, and general corporate and commercial matters. In addition to his private practice, as a teacher, Thomas is the co-creator and Director from Practice, emeritus, of the “Indie Film Clinic” at Cardozo Law School, where he has taught courses in film and media law. THIS PRESENTATION HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE OR A LEGAL OPINION. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT QUESTIONS YOU RAISE DURING THE WORKSHOP ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL. ONLY YOUR ATTORNEY CAN ADVISE YOU WHICH LAWS ARE APPLICABLE TO YOUR SPECIFIC CASE AND SITUATION. Full Bio »
What is the most important element in your film to landing a distributor? The script? The director? Probably not. For many distributors, the choice of one film over another often comes down to whether your film features an actor that audiences recognize. Actors’ performances breathe life into a film, and their fame gives a film its marketing power.
Because performers realize the hold they have over a film project, negotiating the performer’s services agreement can be a nail-biting experience. Virtually every recognizable performer has a team of agents, managers, and attorneys ready to protect the actor’s interests and negotiate the best deal they can for their client. For producers, knowing how to negotiate an actor’s contract is critical for the success of their films.
This course will show you how to negotiate an actor’s services agreement, provide an overview of dealing with SAG-AFTRA, and even give you a few tips and tricks on dealing with actors’ agents and managers.
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"One of the best webinars yet! All are informative and I have learned from each, but this one topped the charts. Definitely want him back. Thanks!" - J. Rose Creating a movie is more than just a labor of love: it's also an investment of time and money. But while countless hours are spent setting up shots and editing footage, many producers spend too little time taking care of the legal aspects of their productions. As a result, filmmakers often learn the difficult lesson that no matter how good their films may be, a distributor can't sell a movie unless all of the necessary rights and permissions have been secured. In fact, without the correct agreements in place, filmmakers may be surprised to find out that they may not even own their own films! Whether you have a finished film, a script, or the beginnings of an idea for a television program, this course will show you how to spot the top legal problems producers face… and give you a set of tools you can use to tackle them!
In the world of independent film and TV, productions are increasingly crossing borders in search of funding, locations and ultimately a wider audience. But the difference between a successful international co-production and an international road-crash often lies in the details of choice of partners, structures and creative material. In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Brendan Foley, an international producer (11 countries), writer and director with award winning feature films, TV series and best-selling books to his credit, will give an in-depth look at the pros and cons of international co-production. You will learn about different types of producing partners - creative, financial, public and private. You will also learn when co-producing makes sense for you or your project and when it should be avoided. You will leave this webinar with an understanding of not only what makes an international co-production work, but how to look for producing partners, co-funders and how to protect yourself and your project along the way. This seminar is useful to Producers considering a co-production as well as writers, actors and directors who feel their talent or material would work best on an international scale. PLUS - Brendan will have on two special guests: Ronni Coulter, SVP Business Affairs Sony Animation and top European co-producer Lars Hermann (CEO Copenhagen Film Festival and Danish state broadcaster DR, former Nordisk, Filmfyn Film Fund,) Special Guests: Ronni Coulter (SVP Business Affairs Sony Animation) Lars Hermann (Copenhagen Film Festival)
We’ve brought in the CEO of Bondit Media Captial, Matthew Helderman, one of the leaders in film financing today with over 200 financed films over the last couple of years. He will be sharing the basics of film finance all the way through high level packaging tips, plus going over case studies on projects he’s financed and best practices to learn. As today’s film financing structures continue to be a labyrinth-like maze of confusion for most producers, this webinar will help break down that barrier through understanding how best to put a film together you can avoid pitfalls that plague the financing process.
Director Qasim Basir exploded onto the Sundance scene with his film A BOY. A GIRL A DREAM with a standing ovation and a whirlwind resulting in a theatrical debut. With a film that not only takes place in once location, but a single shot, Qasim proved that he is a talent to be reckoned with. Prior to his Sundance debut, he was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for his film MOOZ-LUM, starring Nia Long, Evan Ross & Danny Glover, and premiered at the LA Film Festival with his film DESTINED starring Jesse Metcalf, Cory Hardrict and Margot Bingham. He's chosen theatrical and VOD releases and has learned a lot along the way. There are many different ways to become a director, from film school to being self-taught. In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, we will dive into Qasim's own journey of becoming a director and discuss how you can figure out the best route for yours. People will tell you many different things in this business, but none is better than when you find what's actually right for you.
Learn directly from David Paterson, Writer/Producer of The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016, starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, and Julia Stiles), Disney’s Bridge To Terabithia and the Sundance Award Winning Love, Ludlow! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host David Paterson will explore the most underutilized financial element of both independent and studio feature films: product placement. David will start by covering the unregulated “wild west” period of product placement history and how it has become a very controlled, but still very accessible monetary element to filmmakers today. He will go in-depth about approaching companies to secure cash or “in kind” services, and how to make the most of the pre-production phase. He will explain the politics of “soft approach” techniques when dealing with companies and their “front door” approval representative, as well as back door access to companies and their product representatives. You Will Leave The Webinar Knowing: The different types of product placements (it’s more than just products!) How to secure product for your film. How to lose product from your film. Product placement for festival use vs. commercial release. How to utilize product placement legally and the ramifications of unauthorized use. Why pre-production is everything with product placement. From his wealth of experience writing and producing not only studio and independent films, but his award-winning shorts and documentaries as well, David will reveal the mistakes he’s made along the way. He will also share his friends’ (unnamed), and other filmmakers’, bone-headed choices that cost them money, product endorsements - or both! - so you can learn from them and avoid making these same missteps. David will also discuss the unique and clever choices he made with product placement that helped him make three feature films that all turned a profit. You will leave the webinar with a comprehensive understanding of how to maximize your efforts in securing product support and money for your next film project.
In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Joe Russo will take writers behind the scenes of 2 horror films and 1 horror pilot. This webinar will be an honest, unapologetic look at the successes and struggles during the development process for each case study so you can you learn what to mimic and what to avoid for your own project. You Will Leave the Webinar With: An understanding of how each film and TV project came to be. An understanding of the different strategies used to package each project and how they were introduced to decision makers. A comprehensive look into the notes process so you can learn what went right and, more importantly, what went wrong. Clear advice on how to apply these lessons to your own script or project. Learn directly from Joe Russo, producer who has helped steer writers' projects through the development process to land on The Young and Hungry List, Hit List and The Black List and sell to the Major Studios and Networks. Joe’s extensive production background includes working on productions for FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios!