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Rights Clearance Issues in Film and Television

  • Wednesday, June 04, 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401


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Rights Clearance Issues in Film and Television 
[1.5 hrs. California MCLE credit available*]
With David Pierce, Esq. and Azita Mirzaian, Esq.

Program Description: 
There are three main reasons why film and television producers (and their attorneys) must be aware of clearance issues: avoidance of liability, eligibility for E&O insurance coverage, and ensuring that the film or show will satisfy distributors’ legal delivery requirements. Join CLA and attorneys from entertainment law firm Pierce Law Group LLP for a discussion about common rights and clearance issues that arise in film and television, and how to tackle them. Topics of discussion will include clearance reports, chain of title issues, the various types of releases that are required, prop and set clearance concerns, and best practices for adapting true stories for the screen.

This program is designed for an attorney audience, but all members of the community are welcome.

David Albert Pierce, Esq. David’s practice encompasses all areas of entertainment law, including production counsel matters, film finance, guild matters, and intellectual property issues. He is a frequent lecturer on the legal issues confronting the entertainment industry; he has taught a UCLA Extension course on “Organizing, Financing, and Running A Start-Up Entertainment Production Company” for the past twelve years, and is an annual speaker at the Slamdance Film Festival and at the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences. David is a regular columnist for MovieMaker Magazine and serves as Vice President of Business Affairs for the magazine. He proudly served as production counsel on the critically acclaimed, Academy Award winning film “The Artist,” and has provided legal services on “The Hunger Games,” “Mad Men,” and “Weeds.”

Azita Mirzaian, Esq. Azita’s practice includes entertainment litigation in the areas of copyright, trademark, right of publicity, contract disputes, 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.

Parking information:
Free event parking is available underneath/behind the Ken Edwards Center building; however, if parking is full, affordable parking is available in Santa Monica city parking structures surrounding the 3rd Street promenade.

*CLA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 1.5 hours of general MCLE credit and zero hours of Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Prevention, Detection or Treatment of Substance Abuse credit. This event may meet the requirements for continuing legal education credits in other states. Please check with the bar in the state in which you are seeking credits to determine whether this event is eligible.

These seminars 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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MCLE Provider # 1248.

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