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Producer's Representatives for Independent Filmmakers

  • Saturday, February 11, 2012
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Limited free parking available on-site in spaces marked "Visitors of the Ken Edwards Center." Two hour free parking also available in 4th Street public parking structures.)

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Producer's Representatives for Independent Filmmakers with Mark Litwak, Esq.

Producer's representatives assist filmmakers in arranging financing, marketing and distribution of their films. They play a distinctly different role than talent agents, managers, distributors, sales agents or attorneys. This seminar explores how to choose a producer's rep, and how they can help filmmakers devise a distribution strategy, navigate the festival circuit, and avoid common pitfalls. Topics include conducting due diligence of potential distributors, understanding the common terms of distribution agreements, how producer's reps are compensated, determining the terms of a fair deal and understanding what producer's reps look for in a client and/or film. Handouts include a list of producer's reps, a self-defense checklist, and a sample producer's rep retainer agreement. 

Mark Litwak, Esq. is a veteran entertainment attorney and producer's representative with offices in Beverly Hills, California. As a producer's representative he has secured distribution for more than fifty feature films. Litwak is the author of six books including: Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood, Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry, Contracts for the Film and Television Industry, and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Films. He is also the author of the popular CD-ROM program Movie Magic Contracts.


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


              


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