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The Top Ten Legal Things Every Filmmaker Needs to Know to Avoid Getting Ripped Off (or Sued)

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401


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The Top Ten Legal Things Every Filmmaker Needs to Know to Avoid Getting Ripped Off (or Sued)
with Larry Zerner, Esq.

Program Description: 

If you are a writer, director, producer or performer in the entertainment industry then you probably encounter common legal issues every day.  This workshop will provide an overview of some of the most frequently encountered legal topics in the film industry as well as insight into how to avoid some common legal pitfalls.  Topics to be covered include copyright infringement, contracts and rights agreements, title protection, libel law, reality shows, and collaboration agreements.  If you are working in the industry, you owe it to yourself to get informed.


Larry Zerner is a sole practitioner at Zerner Law, and is the co-chair of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers.  An attorney for 24 years, Larry’s clients include top writers, directors, producers and reality stars.  A former actor himself, Larry regularly speaks about legal issues and has spoken at Comic-Con, Creative Screenwriting Expo, Scriptfest and New Playwrights Foundation, among other places.  


Affordable parking is available in the lot underneath the venue and in other nearby city lots.

These programs are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.



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The information provided on this website is not legal advice. You should consult with an attorney for individual advice regarding your legal matters.

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