June 8, 2004
In this newsletter:
MARK TO TEACH “SELF-DEFENSE” AT UCLA JUNE 12-13
This weekend, Mark will be at UCLA teaching “Self-Defense for Independent Filmmakers: Protecting Your Legal Rights” In this intensive weekend seminar, filmmakers learn how to anticipate problems before they arise in their negotiations with production and distribution companies and create incentives to encourage the companies to live up to their agreements, including performance incentives, default penalties, and arbitration clauses. In the event of an unresolvable dispute, participants learn what remedies are available to enforce their rights. To enroll in the course online, go to www.uclaextension.com and enter Course Reg # Q3515U.
“TO END ALL WARS” TO BE RELEASED ON DVD
Congratulations to our clients David Cunningham and Jack Hafer. The DVD edition of their film, “To End All Wars,” starring Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland, and Ciarán McMenamin, hits the streets June 15. It’s distributed by Fox Home Entertainment and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
MARK’S NEW COLUMN ON ENTERTAINMENT LAW
Mark has begun writing a monthly column on entertainment legal issues. The first article for the column was “Protecting Your Stories: Borrowed Elements or Stolen Ideas?”; the second was “How Distributors Evaluate Films.” Several filmmaker organizations will be carrying Mark’s column in their publications and newsletters. These groups and publications include the Film Arts Foundation’s “Release Print,” “Focus In,” “Hawaii Film & Video” magazine, Imagine, NALIP, New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and Washington Lawyers for the Arts.