Mark Litwak

Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Films with Mark Litwak*

This class is for writers, filmmakers, artists, attorneys, arts professionals and whoever is interested in the topic.

Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:30 AM - 4 PM - CLE*
Space is limited! Please register early.

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This class will be taught by Mark Litwak, Esq.,
Law Offices of Mark Litwak and Associates.

Early bird discount until March 25th!**

This comprehensive seminar explores how independent films are financed and distributed.

Topics include financing via pre-sales, debt and limited partnerships, negotiating tactics, typical contract terms, cross-collaterization and creative accounting. Particular attention is paid to how producers and filmmakers can protect themselves by watering down warranties, getting added to the E & O policy, adding performance, termination and arbitration provisions, using lab access letter to retain possession of the negative, and adding a schedule a minimums.

Other topics include criteria for selecting a distributor; what is negotiable and what is not; compliance with state and federal laws when seeking investors; retaining an attorney or producer's rep; confirming arbitration awards in Superior Court; and, enforcing judgments. The seminar includes a handout with a distribution contract, articles, a self-defense checklist and other materials.


Mark Litwak is a veteran entertainment attorney with offices in Beverly Hills, California. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property, and book publishing. Litwak also functions as a Producer's Rep, assisting filmmakers in the financing, marketing and distribution of their films. For more information about Mark Litwak, please see


*Seven (7) New York CLE credits awarded for attorneys:

4 Areas of Professional Practice credits, 2 Skills credits, and 1 Ethics credit. This program qualifies as “transitional” for newly admitted attorneys.

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**Earlybird discount!

Register before Friday, January 31st and enjoy a 15% discount on any ticket price! (not applicable for student price).
Promotion available until Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at midnight. Promotion already applied to ticket price on registration.

Arts Professionals (Filmmakers, Artists and Non-Law Students)
$150 for VLA members
$200 for non-members

Legal Professionals (Attorneys or Law Students)
$400 for VLA members
$500 for non-members

All registration fees are non-refundable. Please note you are not registered until full payment is received.

To apply for a full or partial CLE scholarship, please view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines here.

For more information on this program, please contact Valentina Rubio Dumornay at 212.319.2787 x 10.

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Are you a VLA Member trying to register for this class? E-mail or call Valentina Rubio Dumornay to get your membership discount code: or 212.319.2787 ext. 10

Want to save non-member Eventbrite fees? E-mail or call Valentina Rubio Dumornay: or 212.319.2787 ext. 10

To apply for a full or partial CLE scholarship, please view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines here.