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"The Business of Writing v11.3"

What’s the difference between a copyright and a trademark? When is my work protected? What can I deduct from my taxes legally as a writer -- even if I’m not published yet? What changes have there been recently in the law? How do I protect my work online, or in a writing group?

Attorneys Steve Fisch and Lisa Lucas with veteran CPA Joan Resnick will discuss a range of issues from contracts to copyrights, the best ways to keep business deductions and properly file taxes.

This distinguished panel of industry experts, including an entertainment industry attorney who has worked for major studios on over 60 motion pictures and series for CBS/Viacom and Fox, will discuss these and other related topics.

Get the latest information that affects everyone in business today. If you face legal issues, need to improve your financial position, or just need help getting through the legal and financial maze of the business world, you must attend this FREE Special Speaker Event to further your education and career as a writer!

Saturday, March 19th, 3:00 pm
Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room, Second Floor. 
Come early for best seating.

(We regret that attorney Curt Steindler will be in Florida and unavailable to appear.)

NOTE: Information in this presentation does not constitute legal advice, nor does attendance or contact with these guests establish an attorney-client relationship or an agency relationship. Such relationships can be established only after entering into a written agreement with said parties.

Steve Fisch at GLAWSSteve is currently involved with a number of projects including “Angels in the Sky – the Birth of Israel” with 3 time Oscar winner Mark Jonathan Harris attached to direct this feature length documentary produced by Michael Flint, “Hobart” a series written by Brian Rehak with Amber Entertainment and Marykay Powell producing, the “Paradise Valley” series written by Heather Holmberg, and the novel “The Wave” by Tom Miller (GLAWS member).

Previously Steve was Vice President Business Affairs for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and MGM Television Entertainment, where he negotiated deals for the slate of MGM motion pictures to be released in 2010 including “Zookeeper” starring Kevin James and Direct to- Video films (Into the Blue 2, Colors, and Back to School).

Steve was a Business and Legal Affairs Executive with Starz Media (The Simpsons, Masters of Horror, Eloise and Rob Zombie’s “El Super Beasto” movie), with responsibility for Digital Media, Anime, Live Action and Animation projects, from merchandising, marketing, promotion and advertising to clearances and copyrights, and from production counsel to finance and distribution. He also represented Starz on the Legal Committee of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

Earlier in his career, Steve had Business & Legal Affairs responsibility for over 60 television motion pictures and numerous series while at Fox Family Worldwide (News Corp) and Wilshire Court Productions (Viacom).

As a volunteer, Steve handles business and legal affairs for the Academy Foundation’s “Journeys Below the Line” series (“24: The Editing Process”, “ER: The Prop Masters” and “LOST: The Cinematography Team”). Also, for the past twelve years, college professors from throughout the U.S. who attend the annual ATAS Foundation Faculty Seminar, have enjoyed learning from Steve about ‘real world’ legal issues that student filmmakers face.

Prior to law school, Steve was on the production side of the house, including segment producer/researcher on the ABC series "Ripley's Believe It or Not!” and producer of both the syndicated television movie documentary "Doomsday Chronicles" and the Peabody Award winning "Snippets" spots. His first entertainment job was as the ‘gofor’ on “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In!”

A Vietnam veteran and a retired Navy Reserve Captain, Steve worked out of the Navy’s Hollywood Liaison Office where projects included “Men of Honor”, “Behind Enemy Lines”, “JAG” and “NCIS.” He was awarded the “Legion of Merit” for his significant contributions.

Steve is a graduate of Loyola Law School and the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.


LISA LUCAS at GLAWSLisa Lucas is an attorney specializing in publishing law and related matters. Currently, as the principal partner of Lucas LLP, she advises authors, artists, publishers, and other participants in print and online publishing ventures.

Lisa's legal work occasionally intersects with her work in the food movement: She is an advocate for sustainable agriculture, the coleader of Slow Food Los Angeles, the regional governor for Slow Food USA in southern California, and a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Ms. Lucas began her publishing career in 1991 at the University of Chicago Press. Since then she has worked on behalf of several university presses and professional and trade publishers in editorial and legal positions, acquiring and developing manuscripts, negotiating contracts and subsidiary rights licenses, managing copyright matters, arranging copublications with English- and foreign-language publishers, and addressing the myriad issues that arise throughout the life of a literary work.

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Joan Resnick at GLAWSJoan Resnick is a CPA and Financial Consultant to GLAWS. (Full bio coming...)









The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for writers of all disciplines to meet and discuss the craft and the business of writing. GLAWS accomplishes this through monthly meetings, discussion forums, critique groups, special writer appearances, conferences, and other events conducted for the purpose of educating and mentoring writers of all levels of expertise. GLAWS Special Speaker Events are open to the public, and a great venue to meet other writers and expand your expertise.

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