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How to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Entertainment Employment Contracts

  • Wednesday, December 02, 2015
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Ken Edwards Center 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401


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How to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Entertainment Employment Contracts
with Azita Mirzaian, Esq. and Cory Hurwitz, Esq.


One of the most exciting aspects of working as an artist is being contracted or employed to create.  However, contracts and terms tend not to be completely straightforward and as such, there is a lot of room for confusion and misunderstandings.  There are several factors to consider before signing, including: the difference between being brought onto a project as an employee, independent contractor, intern, or volunteer; the implications that follow from these classifications; and your intellectual property rights are when you create under an employment contract.


Join California Lawyers for the Arts along with Azita Mirzaian, Esq. of Pierce Law Group LLP and Cory Hurwitz, Esq. of Hurwitz, Orihuela & Hayes, LLP for a workshop about the common pitfalls of employment agreements in arts and entertainment, and to learn ways to avoid a potentially costly mistake or misunderstanding.


Azita Mirzaian, Esq.  Azita’s practice includes entertainment litigation in the areas of copyright, trademark, right of publicity, contract disputes, defamation, and labor and employment law issues in the film and television industry.  She also works in the areas of film clearance matters and child actor contract ratifications.  Azita is the Vice Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section; is on the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Section; and is a founding member of California Society of Entertainment Lawyers.  She is the author of The Utility of Prettiness: Copyright Protection for Mardi Gras Indian Suits in the Era of the Useful Article Analysis, published in the Summer 2012 issue of The Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA.

Cory Hurwitz is a founding partner of Hurwitz, Orihuela & Hayes, LLP. He specializes in employment law, including sexual harassment, wrongful termination, pregnancy, wage violations, religious accommodation, and discrimination. He also has experience in representing victims of catastrophic injury, paralysis and brain trauma. Cory graduated from Loyola Law School where he served as a Staff Writer and an Articles Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. He also graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Criminology and Corrections. Upon graduating from law school, Cory worked at a prestigious downtown law firm practicing general litigation cases. 


Ken Edwards Center
1527 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Parking is available at the Ken Edwards Center. Additional parking is available at nearby parking structures. Parking validation is not provided. 

These workshops are made possible, in part, from 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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