Visas & Beyond: How to Navigate Cross-Border Co-Productions

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Lorraine D'Alessio

Webinar hosted by: Lorraine D'Alessio

Managing Attorney at D'Alessio Law Group

Lorraine D'Alessio D’Alessio Law Group was founded by US attorney Lorraine P. D’Alessio. Mrs. D’Alessio is the firm’s founding partner and was recently named a 2016 Century City Bar Association Lawyer of the Year and Leader of Law for International Law by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Heralded by the Bay Street Bull as “One of the 9 Fearless Women in Canada Changing the Status Quo,” a Toronto native and former Ford model, Mrs. D’Alessio spearheads the firm’s business transactional law and business and employment-related immigration initiatives. Widely regarded as an industry expert and thought leader, Mrs. D’Alessio writes a monthly editorial for Canadian entertainment industry PlayBack magazine, contributes on business transactional and immigration issues regularly to the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Business Journal and other leading outlets. She also serves on the board for Artists for Change, chaired by BAFTA board members and OSCAR award winners. She is also the author of “Going Global: Investing in US Immigration,” a guide to US immigration that is being published and released spring 2017 by Brick Tower Press, and will be sold domestically and internationally. She has provided counsel to hundreds of prominent companies from small, medium to fortune 500 in the entertainment and technology fields as well as many award winning entertainment agencies, unions, private companies and academic institutions around the world from PlUG AND PLAY TECH CENTER to NEXT MODELS to FOOD NETWORK to INSTAGRAM to SUBPAC to GFUEL and PEPPERDINE University. Lorraine D’Alessio earned her law degree from Southwestern Law School. She earned her Masters degree in Public Administration from The Senate of Queen’s University at Kingston and also attended the University of Toronto, Canada to earn her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts. Liz Profumo Partner Attorney Liz Profumo holds a B.A. degree from New York University and a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She has been admitted to the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice immigration law in all fifty states. Liz has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2007. Her practice is limited to immigration and nationality law and concentrates on temporary and permanent business and employment related visas for investors, artists, entertainers, musicians, actors, directors, producers and essential technical and creative personnel in the motion picture and television industries, as well as issues related to family based immigration and issues related to U.S. citizenship. Liz has assisted hundreds of artists, performers, and other industry professionals to realize their dreams of living in the United States. Full Bio »

International co-productions, or “co-pros,” can be the perfect tool for bringing dream projects to life. But these ventures come with their own unique rules and requirements, which not everyone has experience with. In this webinar, attorneys Lorraine D’Alessio and Liz Profumo will deconstruct the co-pro process, sharing practical tips for launching a successful cross-border production. Participants will learn about key steps such as finding business partners, capitalizing on tax incentives, protecting creative rights, and securing work visas for foreign staff. The webinar will also explore the impact of current U.S. policies surrounding trade and immigration.

Lorraine has practiced law since 2010, with a particular focus in entertainment immigration. She is the Founding Partner and CEO of D’Alessio Law Group, a global firm which has helped thousands of artists and entertainment professionals to launch careers in the U.S., Canada, and beyond. Born in Canada, Lorraine was a successful Ford model before turning her focus to law. Her entertainment background, as well her personal experience with immigration, allows her to deeply understand the legal and logistical needs of global artists. She is excited to partner with the Stage 32 community and help support its members in achieving their goals.


What You'll Learn:

Why co-pros?

Advantages and benefits

  • Identifying your business partners
  • Negotiating a deal

U.S. Visas for:

  • Actors, directors, technical talent, etc.
  • Supporting cast & crew
  • Investors
  • Business associates
  • Documentary filmmakers
  • Other professionals

Border crossing tips

  • What to do once you’re in the U.S.

Understanding immigration status

Protecting your intellectual property

Current trends under Trump

New policies that might influence the process

Q&A with Lorraine


About Your Instructor:

Lorraine D'Alessio

D’Alessio Law Group was founded by US attorney Lorraine P. D’Alessio. Mrs. D’Alessio is the firm’s founding partner and was recently named a 2016 Century City Bar Association Lawyer of the Year and Leader of Law for International Law by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Heralded by the Bay Street Bull as “One of the 9 Fearless Women in Canada Changing the Status Quo,” a Toronto native and former Ford model, Mrs. D’Alessio spearheads the firm’s business transactional law and business and employment-related immigration initiatives. Widely regarded as an industry expert and thought leader, Mrs. D’Alessio writes a monthly editorial for Canadian entertainment industry PlayBack magazine, contributes on business transactional and immigration issues regularly to the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Business Journal and other leading outlets. She also serves on the board for Artists for Change, chaired by BAFTA board members and OSCAR award winners. She is also the author of “Going Global: Investing in US Immigration,” a guide to US immigration that is being published and released spring 2017 by Brick Tower Press, and will be sold domestically and internationally. She has provided counsel to hundreds of prominent companies from small, medium to fortune 500 in the entertainment and technology fields as well as many award winning entertainment agencies, unions, private companies and academic institutions around the world from PlUG AND PLAY TECH CENTER to NEXT MODELS to FOOD NETWORK to INSTAGRAM to SUBPAC to GFUEL and PEPPERDINE University.

Lorraine D’Alessio earned her law degree from Southwestern Law School. She earned her Masters degree in Public Administration from The Senate of Queen’s University at Kingston and also attended the University of Toronto, Canada to earn her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts.

Liz Profumo

Partner Attorney Liz Profumo holds a B.A. degree from New York University and a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She has been admitted to the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice immigration law in all fifty states. Liz has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2007. Her practice is limited to immigration and nationality law and concentrates on temporary and permanent business and employment related visas for investors, artists, entertainers, musicians, actors, directors, producers and essential technical and creative personnel in the motion picture and television industries, as well as issues related to family based immigration and issues related to U.S. citizenship. Liz has assisted hundreds of artists, performers, and other industry professionals to realize their dreams of living in the United States.


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