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PGA East Event: WHOSE PROJECT IS IT? MAKING SENSE OF OWNERSHIP IN NON-FICTION DEALS
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1/24/2012
When: Tuesday, January 24
6:30pm
Where: Kodak
360 West 31st St.
New York 10001
United States

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The PGA East Employment Committee invites you to...

WHOSE PROJECT IS IT?
MAKING SENSE OF OWNERSHIP IN NON-FICTION DEALS

Tuesday, January 24


6:00pm - Doors Open
6:30pm
- Event Begins

Kodak
360 West 31st St., 2nd Floor
Btwn 8th & 9th Ave.
PGA Members Only

When pitching your non-fiction project, do you own the necessary copyright to your property and what ownership can or should you retain?

Negotiating and acquisition of the rights to any entertainment property, especially non-fiction, can be a multi-layered process that involves ownership, credit and partnership issues. It's critical for producers to understand what the deal points mean and at what point they take effect
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This is an exclusive opportunity for PGA members to:

- Get important insight into the acquisition process
- Prevent undue exposure to their projects
- Get leverage when negotiating an option

Panelists:
Maggie Pisacane is an associate in the Entertainment Group focusing on film and television development, financing, production, distribution, and branding. Her special combination of entertainment law and corporate finance and communications experience makes her an asset to a wide range of media and entertainment clients in both traditional and non-traditional entertainment and celebrity brand-building ventures.
Ms. Pisacane currently advises well-known producers, production companies, and financiers on all aspects of their scripted and unscripted television, film and digital projects, including from inception through exploitation. Ms. Pisacane also advises prominent actors, writers and directors in negotiating agreements for film and television productions and other business ventures. In her celebrity branding practice, Ms. Pisacane represents entertainment, fashion, culinary, and other "lifestyle” clients in brand-building ventures across all media. Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Pisacane was associated with Sloss Eckhouse Brennan LawCo LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Ms. Pisacane is a graduate of Harvard University (AB), and Columbia University School of Law (JD). She is admitted to practice in New York.

Mark A. Merriman is a partner in the Entertainment Group where he practices in all aspects of entertainment law - with an emphasis on theatre, book publishing and reality television. He was recently listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the nation’s top entertainment lawyers. In his reality television practice, Mark represents television production companies, as well as talent and content providers. In his theatre practice, Mr. Merriman has acted as production counsel for numerous live stage productions and also represents playwrights, book writers, composers, lyricists, dramaturgs, underlying rights holders, estates, music publishers, general managers, investors, co-producers, executive producers, directors, associate directors, resident directors, and other creative team personnel. Prior to entering law school, he worked in the theatre industry on several long-running Broadway musicals, and served as the business manager of the WPA Theatre in New York City. In his book publishing practice, Mark represents a variety of authors of fiction and non-fiction, illustrators, and underlying rights owners in their agreements with publishers, agents and collaborators.

Moderator:
Thea J. Kerman has over 25 years of legal experience and is an expert in the entertainment, publishing, merchandising, toy and licensing industries. Her broad range of experience in the entertainment industry includes theatrical films, documentaries, live action and animated episodic television programs, reality based television programs, broadcast and cable television movies of the week and live theater. She represents independent producers, writers, directors, performers, cinematographers, film editors, other below the line personnel, production executives, foreign sales agents and talent agencies. Thea has extensive experience in business formation as well as buying and selling businesses. She helps business owners grow their business by providing creative, practical and effective solutions to business problems. Thea provides the highest quality, sophisticated legal services at a reasonable price within the client's budget. She is Of Counsel to the law firm of Beigelman, Feiner & Feldman, P.C., a boutique entertainment law firm with offices on Wall Street. Prior to establishing her own law firm in 1990 in Los Angeles, Thea was the Senior Production Counsel for Tri-Star Pictures. Earlier she served as General Counsel for the Marvel Comics Group. She is admitted to practice in New York and California.




To cancel or change your reservation, please email: pga-ny@producersguild.org. Cancellations must be received at least 24 hours prior to the event.


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