Lunch & Learn
The Writers Guild of America, East
invites you to attend a lunch & learn
Navigating the Business, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Your Writing Career
Join Entertainment Lawyer/Career Coach/TV Packaging Agent Jim Arnoff in an interactive workshop on the legal, business and ethical fundamentals of being a writer. Topics to be covered include:
• When is the right time to engage a lawyer?
• How to select the lawyer that’s right for you.
• Creating the strongest relationship with your lawyer.
• How to protect your intellectual property.
• What deal terms to know in any contract negotiation.
• Pitfalls to avoid in any negotiation.
• What are the terms of a collaboration agreement between creative partners and how can you make the strongest deal.
• What to know about option agreements
• Securing life/books rights
• How to avoid legal risks.
• How to be a powerful negotiator
• How to maximize your relationship with your manager/agent.
• Best ways to avoid ethical pitfalls.
At this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to share your experiences and ask those questions that have always been on your mind.
ABOUT JIM ARNOFF
Jim Arnoff is a Television/Digital Packaging Agent representing New York production companies (reality, documentary, docu-drama, non-fiction) in developing and selling original programming to the cable and digital networks. He is an entertainment lawyer and Certified Life/Career Coach to the entertainment industry. Jim worked at the William Morris Agency as both an in-house lawyer and packaging agent. He leads workshops for the Producers Guild, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, HBO, TimeWarner, New York Women in Film & Television, Time, Inc., MTV Networks and NYU/Stern, Steinhardt, Tisch, Tandon and Wagner. Jim is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts, FIT and NYU. He is a member of the New York City, New York State and LGBT (LeGal) Bar Associations.
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