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"The Legal and Business Aspects
of Turning Literary Material and True-Life Stories
into Movies and Television Programs"

An intensive workshop
with Literary Agent and Entertainment Lawyer for over 35 Years 

Paul S. Levine
Saturday, November 09, 6pm

Acquiring Appropriate Rights

How are “rights” delineated? What rights are necessary to acquire? From whom or from what are the rights acquired—how do you know that whomever is selling you the rights actually owns what they are purporting to sell? When can you forgo acquiring any rights at all? What are the typical terms/deal points of an option/purchase agreement for the acquisition of rights? Are there other ways besides an option/purchase agreement to be able to obtain the necessary rights to sell a book or true life-story to Hollywood?

Selling a Literary Material or True Life-Story Project to Hollywood

Now that you’ve acquired the necessary rights, what do you do next? Should you commission a screen or television writer to write a screenplay or teleplay? If so, how do you do that? Should you “attach” an actor to the project? If so, how? How do you “pitch” your project to the studio/production company/network/cable channel/streaming service executive so that you’re not ripped off? Which rights that you have acquired do you “sell”, and which, if any, do you keep? How is that “sale” done? And just what kind of money can you make from all of this, anyway?

This interactive Master Class is limited in size, so you receive a maximum amount of individual attention in a workshop environment. Get personal attention on your manuscript -- insight you will not receive anywhere else!

Workshop Leader : Paul S. Levine, Esq.

“Nothing makes me happier than having a thousand people show up at a book signing.” -- Mr. Paul S. Levine

The vast majority of Paul S. Levine’s clients come to him as new, previously unpublished, or self-published authors. Levine has a keen understanding of industry strategy and has the editorial contacts required to ensure his success as both a literary agent and entertainment law attorney, and is thus able to offer his clients a comprehensive range of publishing or literary attorney services.

His unique combination of publishing industry savvy and entertainment legal services makes Levine a dynamic choice for both new and published authors alike. Leaning toward socially and politically important literature, he will consider fiction, Nonfiction, children’s, and young adult manuscripts and proposals for Nonfiction books. Highly aware of market trends and editors’ preferences, Levine limits himself to projects which he believes in and feels certain he can sell. As an entertainment lawyer, Levine has written the legal contracts for several books adapted as movies-for-television. With over a quarter of a century of experience in the entertainment and book industries, Levine is one of the few lawyers on the West coast who also understands the world of book publishing; as such, he is able to act as both literary agent and publishing attorney for his clients.

Early bird Registration:

$79 per workshop    
$149 both workshops*   

Walk up Registration:     
$199 both segements

*A second workshop, the "Businss of Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Books" will be held before this one.

DoubleTree by Hilton
Los Angeles - Westside
6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, CA 90230 [ map »
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