In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) has an in-depth conversation with Thomas A. Crowell, TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer and Author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers. Thomas A. Crowell demystifies some of the business and legal aspects of protecting your film. He discusses the basics of copyright protection for filmmakers and artists. He also shares the following tips:
- How to protect your film (or screenplay or comic book) from concept creation to financing to shooting to distribution.
- How to get a script to popular Hollywood actors and actresses.
- How to take advantage of production incentives and tax benefits for your film production.
DISCLAIMER: None of Mr. Crowell’s comments on this program should be construed as or relied upon as legal advice, a legal opinion, or attorney advertising.
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More about Thomas Crowell: He has earned a living as both a television producer and an attorney. Most notably, he was the head of development for the Science Technology Network. His children’s home video series, Professor Potto’s Videolabs, was awarded a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Mr. Crowell received his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif, the national legal honors society. Mr. Crowell earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television Production. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from comic book publishing, film, television, music, and the graphic arts.
He has taught courses in film and media law at Cardozo Law School, Seton Hall, and the School of Visual Arts. A frequent lecturer on entertainment law topics, Mr. Crowell has taught legal seminars to comic book professionals at New York Comic Con since 2007. In 2011, he became the Director from Practice of Cardozo Law School’s “Indie Film Clinic.” He is the Executive Director emeritus of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and an honorary member of the Graphic Artists Guild. Like on FB & Follow on Twitter
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