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Film Distribution Deals - From Wide-Release to Instant Streaming [1.5 cr. California MCLE available]

  • Wednesday, February 05, 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • 67


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  • $25 at the door w/ WiF ID

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Film Distribution Deals
From Wide-Release to Instant Streaming
[1.5 cr. California MCLE available]
with Caroline Raufi, Esq. & Candace Leung, Esq.

Join CLA and attorneys Caroline Raufi & Candace Leung for an advanced-level, hands-on seminar on film distribution. First we'll discuss the process of film distribution, the current models for film distribution, and practical tips about getting films picked up for distribution. We'll also discuss the changing environment of film distribution - both why and how films are finding a home on VoD and streaming services, sometimes before, during, or in lieu of theatrical release.

Then we'll explore the elements of a distribution deal - the demands from both sides of the table and the usual contract language.

Finally, we'll discuss how distribution deals vary from model to model - the differences between wide-release theatrical agreements, limited release deals, and direct to TV (or Internet) deals.

Caroline Raufi began her entertainment legal career at Kathy Morgan International, a company specializing in the worldwide sales, distribution, marketing and financing of theatrical motion pictures, as the company’s Head of Business & Legal Affairs.  From there, she became a senior associate in the Entertainment Group at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, and was involved in all aspects of the firm’s wide-ranging transactional entertainment practice during her tenure.  She served as General Counsel and SVP of Business & Legal Affairs for Hyde Park Entertainment and the production company’s foreign sales arm, Hyde Park International, and was Head of Business & Legal Affairs at Screen Capital International, a company engaged in structuring, advising and lending capital for an array of transactions in traditional and new media, with particular expertise in motion picture finance and tax-advantaged financing. 

She moved on to a post as EVP of International Business & Legal Affairs at Exclusive Media, a vertically integrated filmed entertainment company who develops, finances, produces, markets and distributes prestige and talent driven commercial and documentary feature films.  Caroline was responsible for all legal and business affairs aspects of Exclusive Media’s international sales and distribution division, a company that represents Exclusive Media’s in-house productions, third party feature films and library of almost 900 titles. 

In October 2012, Caroline Raufi joined Babok & Robinson, a law firm that specializes in the entertainment and related media industries with a broad range of clients who produce, finance, distribute and render services in the industry.  In the film finance arena, the firm represents both lenders and borrowers in connection with financing of motion pictures and television properties, including traditional structured finance transactions, bridge transaction and post-production loans.  The firm’s clients include principal lending institutions engaged in single picture financing and multi-picture facilities as well as high net worth individuals in their investments in the entertainment industry.   The firm also provides assistance to clients engaged in complex distribution and financing agreements.  In the traditional areas of an entertainment practice – motion pictures and television projects – the firm’s clients include writers, producers, production companies and corporate executives.

A member of the Beverly Hills Bar Board of Governors, Legal Committee of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, and the Advisory Board for the UCLA Entertainment Symposium, Caroline has over fifteen years experience. 

Candace Leung is an experienced entertainment attorney with experience in finance, production, and distribution. She was a finance executive at TVN Entertainment and has since worked with law firms such as Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and Glaser Weil. Candace is currently the Vice President of the Business and Legal Affairs department at Cinedigm Corp., the leading distributor of independent content.  She is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and UC Davis School of Law.

Parking - Free event parking under the Ken Edwards Center. Also affordable parking options at Santa Monica City parking garages surrounding the Third Street Promenade.

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



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