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The Writers' Legal Guide to Hollywood with Paul S. Levine

Final Draft, A Cast & Crew Entertainment Company

Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM (PST)

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Creative Career Strategies:
What Every Writer
Should Know About
Entertainment Law

Live Webinar with Entertainment Attorney Paul S. Levine
An Online Event Brought to You by Final Draft, Inc.


The nuts and bolts of the business of writing are as essential to a writer’s success as the writer’s work itself. As a writer, you should know:

  • How does a writer get an agent and an attorney?
  • How does the writer’s work get sold and how is the writer compensated?
  • What will the agent and the lawyer do for the writer?
  • How are they compensated?
  • How do writers work together?


In this comprehensive webinar, working entertainment attorney Paul S. Levine will cover:

  • The principles of copyright law as the underpinnings of all writing
  • What agents do and what lawyers do
  • How their functions sometimes overlap and how they differ
  • The process of obtaining an agent and a lawyer
  • When and why an agent is necessary and when and why an agent may not be necessary
  • How agents and lawyers are compensated by their clients
  • The content of a typical collaboration agreement and three reasons why they are an absolute necessity
  • how the WGA Basic Agreement has an impact on all aspects of film and television writing--minimum compensation (“scale”), residuals, royalties, other payments, credit, etc.;


Mr. Levine will also review the process of pitching a project to a producer, what happens if the producer rejects the project, and what happens if the project is accepted.

There will also be a live question-and-answer session during the last 15 to 20 minutes of the webinar where all attendees can chat questions to Paul live. These questions will be chosen at random. You may also submit questions in advance to attention Paul S. Levine Questions. These submissions will be considered for the Q&A as well.

If you miss the scheduled time, you will receive an email the morning after the event has closed with a link to watch the video at your convenience.

Writing is a business, so make sure you know how to protect and sell your work in today's marketplace. Register today!


About Paul S. Levine:

Paul S. Levine “wears two hats” – he is a lawyer and a literary agent. Mr. Levine has practiced entertainment law for over 29 years, representing writers and other creative types in the fields of motion pictures, television, interactive multimedia, publishing, and advertising. In 1998, Mr. Levine opened the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency, specializing in the representation of book authors and the sale of motion picture and television rights in and to books. Since starting his literary agency, Mr. Levine has sold over 80 fiction and non-fiction books to at least 30 different publishers and has had many books developed as movies-for-television and feature films. Mr. Levine represents thrillers, mysteries, women’s fiction, and literary fiction, as well as nonfiction with a focus on self-help, how-to, relationships, memoirs, health, women’s issues, pop culture, new age, and business. For both fiction and non-fiction books, his biggest successes have been with authors who originally self-publish their books and then wish to have their books republished by a major publishing house.

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