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The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers

The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers
Your Price: $56.95 CDN
Author: Thomas A. Crowell
Publisher: Focal Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 452
Pub. Date: 2011
Edition: 2nd
ISBN-10: 0240813189
ISBN-13: 9780240813189

About the Book:

This book teaches filmmakers to avoid legal pitfalls; now you don't have to go to a lawyer for every question. It is the next best thing to having an entertainment attorney on retainer!

• There's a painting in the background of your independent film; is it necessary to clear the rights?
• You have an idea you want to pitch to a production company; how do you safeguard your concept?
The screenplay you and a friend wrote gets optioned; now, how do you split the proceeds fairly?
• How can you use film tax credits to fund your film?
• How can you fund your production with product placement?
• How do you get a script to popular Hollywood actors and deal with their agents?

Independent filmmakers face questions like these every day, but they don't have the legal training to answer them, nor do they have enough money to call an entertainment lawyer every five minutes. Find quick answers to these and hundreds of other questions in this new and updated 2nd edition of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers. This no-nonsense reference provides fast answers in plain English – no law degree required! It is designed to help you reduce legal costs by providing the vital information you need to make informed decisions on the legal aspects of your film, video, and TV productions.

Actors get hurt, copyrights are infringed, and contracts are broken. Big-budget producers have lawyers on retainer, but as an independent filmmaker, you are left legally exposed. Arm yourself with the practical advice of author Thomas Crowell, a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer.

The format is carefully designed for quick reference, so you get the answers you need, fast. Features include:

• Clause Companion: explains the meaning and impact of typical contract clauses, taking the headache out of reading them
• F.A.Q.s: instantly answers the most commonly asked legal questions
• Warnings: alerts you to critical areas and common mistakes
• Avoid common pitfalls, save money, avoid lawsuits, and become empowered in your daily work.

This new edition of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers features:

• New sections on product placement, film tax credits and production incentive financing, Letters of Intent, and DIY distribution (four-walling, YouTube, Download-to-own,, iTunes, and Netflix)
• Updated case law
• Even more charts and graphics to help you find the information you need even more quickly.

This book has been adopted as a core textbook in many film and law schools across the United States.

What people say:

"...provides a readable map through the world of legalese and contract negotiations for any filmmaker interested in doing pretty much all his or her own producing legwork.... It's an excellent, potentially career-saving resource." — Back Stage

"Filmmakers need to do what they can to make sure that they cover all of their legal bases. The problem is that the task seems so huge and overwhelming, that most of us don't even know where to start. This book does an excellent job of breaking it down for you: what you can do, what you need to do, and what you will need help doing." — Microfilmmaker Magazine

"Crowell, entertainment and intellectual property rights lawyer, presents this pocket guide providing vital and useful legal information for independent filmmakers. With this well organized reference, producers can navigate the murky legal waters associated with the filmmaking process. Crowell covers everything from protecting intellectual property to dealing with Hollywood actors' agents and even benefiting financially from film tax credits and product placement. Presented in accessible language, without all the obfuscation of legal jargon, this guide provides adequate legal counsel for those embarking on producing an independent film." — Book News, Reference & Research

About the Author:

Thomas A. Crowell, Esq., is a partner with the New York-based law firm of Lane Sash & Larrabee where he counsel clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues. He is the author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers.