What’s the difference between a copyright
and trademark? When is my work protected? What can I legally deduct
from my taxes 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?
Hear all the answers from this distinguished
group 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. 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!
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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.
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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
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.
Newman is an independent literary agent based in Los Angeles. She's
also a transactional and intellectual property attorney, advising
creators and businesses on contracts, copyrights, trademarks, and
licensing. Her focus is on helping creative entrepreneurs and authors
achieve their goals, and she represents a wide variety of clients
in entertainment, media and business.
With years of experience working in the entertainment industry
during the digital revolution in film editing and audio recording,
Dana is excited about the changes happening in publishing and enthusiastically
embraces new technologies and ideas about how books will be created,
distributed and experienced in the future.
Dana combines her professional insight, educational background
(B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley, J.D. from University
of San Francisco), and a lifelong love of reading to provide a
sophisticated, innovative approach to her role as a literary agent.
A believer in the power of books to shape our culture and impact
lives, she enjoys working with authors who are passionate about
their work and have something meaningful to share. From crafting
proposals and polishing manuscripts through negotiating and managing
contracts and rights, Dana strives to be a trusted advisor and
create a holistic, long-term working relationship with her clients.
GENRES & SPECIALTIES Biography, Computers/technology, Business/investing/finance,
Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Memoir,
Upmarket Women's Fiction
Resnick is a CPA and Financial Consultant to GLAWS. (Full bio
makes me happier than having a thousand people show up at a book
signing.” -- Mr. Paul S. Levine
The vast majority of Paul S. Levine’s clients come to him
as new, previously unpublished, or self-published authors. Levine
has a keen understanding of industry strategy and has the editorial
contacts required to ensure his success as both a literary agent
and entertainment law attorney, and is thus able to offer his clients
a comprehensive range of publishing or literary attorney services.
His unique combination of publishing industry savvy and entertainment
legal services makes Levine a dynamic choice for both new and published
authors alike. Leaning toward socially and politically important
literature, he will consider fiction, non-fiction, children’s,
and young adult manuscripts and proposals for non-fiction books.
Highly aware of market trends and editors’ prefSpecialerences,
Levine limits himself to projects which he believes in and feels
certain he can sell.
The two main keys to success as a literary
agent are: knowing many different editors and knowing what they
are “buying” for their publishing houses. When he opened
The Paul S. Levine Literary Agency in 1996, Levine had less than
200 editors in his private database; in his database he now has
over 1,600 editors, to whom he has sold over 150 fiction and non-fiction
books. As an entertainment lawyer, Levine has written the legal
contracts for several books adapted as movies-for-television. With
over a quarter of a century of experience in the entertainment
and book industries, Levine is one of the few lawyers on the West
coast who also understands the world of book publishing; as such,
he is able to act as both literary agent and publishing attorney
for his clients.
GENRES & SPECIALTIES General fiction
Mystery Romance Reference Biography Computers/technology Business/investing/finance
History Mind/body/spirit Health Travel Lifestyle Cookbooks Sports
Lawyer. Creators' Rights Activist. Her first job out of college
was in book publishing but she fell back on my life-long love of
photography to earn a living after my M.A. in college and university
administration did not result in employment. Her photographs have
been published world-wide. She served on the board of directors
of the American Society of Media Photographers and directed its
copyright legislative and litigation efforts in the late 1980s.
She headed off to law school and clerked at both the Writers
Guild of America, west, Inc. and the Directors Guild of America.
She was the outside general counsel for the Science Fiction Writers
of America for six years and during that time she represented Harlan
Ellison in his battle against on-line piracy. Her legal practice
was devoted to the interests of individual creators, mostly writers
and visual artists. She is married to writer and comicbook legend
Len Wein. And she is a four-time Jeopardy! champion.
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