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"Annual GLAWS Business of Writing Roundtable v12.0"

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!

Saturday, April 28th, 2:30 pm
Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room, Second Floor
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Come early for best seating.

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.


Dana Newman at GLAWSDana 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


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










Paul S. Levine at GLAWS“Nothing 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 African-American Science


Paul S. Levine at GLAWSPhotographer. 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.


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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