Module 6: GET SMART, GET LEGAL, GET PROTECTED

• The 3 rules that must never be broken

• Vetting legal counsel for quality and capacity

• How to deal with release forms

• Agents versus attorneys, where to look and when

• Your history and the value of a well-maintained paper trail

• Avoiding serious problems (aka “getting it in writing”)

• The reality of ‘creative control’

• The possible pitfalls of creative contributions by others

• The qualities of a good partner 

 (and the essential questions to ask up front)

• How to simply, quickly & effectively deal with copyright and

 WGA registrations

• The all-important option agreement !

Coursework: 14 key strategies. 7 exercises. 4 social actions