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Contracts Matter: Agreements to Protect your ASSets

Registration ended: 11/08/2014
Class Begins: 11/08/2014   Ends: 11/08/2014
Class Time: 10:30 am - (PST)
FEE: FREE Registration Expired
In this free teleconference, Ellen Cohen will review, instruct, and explain the following topics. This is as close to free legal advice as a writer can get, so take advantage. It will surely be an incredibly informative interview.
  • Collaboration agreements and when you need one (note: ALWAYS).
  • Shopping Agreements and when you need one (again: ALWAYS)
  • What do you do if you want to use someone's materia l (book, article, story, etc); or to be legal about it, what's an option/purchase agreement?
  • What's the difference between a spec script and a work-for-hire, and do you need an agreement if someone hires you to write a spec or as a work-for-hire (note: Yes, ALWAYS!)?
  • What should you expect when you finally land a writer agreement with a production company, network, studio? What rights do you have to give up?
  • What's a Certificate of Authorship and why does the production company insist that I sign one?
  • What's the difference between writing as a WGA/WGC member vs. non-union?
  • What about the agreement you get if you're working as a writer on a TV show that you didn't create? (This is commonly known as "staffing on a show" with such titles as staff writer, story editor, executive story editor, co-producer, etc) 

These agreements are critical because they will have a significant impact on your rights and subsequent participation in the project including ownership of copyright, your pay day, whether you get to have a creative voice on a project.


You'll walk away from this class with a better understanding of how to protect your ASSets and not be left behind when your project hits the screen!

NOTE: This class is not a substitute for legal advice and this does not constitute an attorney-client relationship between Ellen Cohen and any attendee of this class. This Teleclass is an general overview of things to think about when you're entering into a professional relationship. Only an attorney representing you on your specific situation and facts can advise you as to what you need to protect yourself!


About Host Laurie Lamson


Laurie is honored to share her passion for screenwriting as the host of International Screenwriters' Association's free teleconferences. She is always interested in deepening her understanding of all that's necessary to make a great screenplay and she's been lucky enough to collaborate with several indie producers on screenwriting assignments. She enjoys helping fellow and sister screenwriters take their own projects to the next level.


Laurie is the editor of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, co-editor of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries published by Tarcher/Penguin. Learn more and connect with Laurie at: and 

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