The Women Make Movies Fall 2022 Webinar Series has concluded, but it can still be purchased on-demand!
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You’re making a film – should you set up an LLC? Should it be an S Corp, a C Corp, or a sole proprietorship? Do you need an EIN? Answering these questions and more is all part of choosing a business structure for your film production. And the choices you make will affect the amount you pay in taxes, your ability to raise money, what paperwork you need to file, and your liability. Seasoned entertainment lawyer Laverne Berry, with experience in both fiction and nonfiction projects, will walk us through the different business structures and what they entail, as well a step-by-step process of setting up your production company.
Sean Jefferson of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz joins WMM for the first time to discuss those all-important agreements between producers and directors, editors, crew, and film participants. Sean will explain what contracts you need to successfully set up your team – those within your company and those contracted per project – plus anyone else you might work with along the way. This webinar will also address agreements with co-producing entities like broadcasters and streamers, as well as potential investors in your projects.
Having sound, executed legal documents from people participating in your project is vital to the creation of your film – including signed Appearance, Location, and Materials releases, as well as agreements on Story Rights and Life Rights. And without these signed documents, it may be impossible to get broadcasters or distributors on board, secure funding, and obtain E&O Insurance. Nicole Page, WMM Board President and partner at Reavis, Page, Jump LLP joins us with moderator Molly Murphy from the Documentary Accountability Working Group in conversation about this important step in making sure your project is legally secure, so it can get in front of the widest audience possible.
Money must come in to finance your project, and money will go out to pay for it! Ameena Din, Production Accountant will lead us through the ins and outs of financing, accounting systems, methods of paying your team, and why a discreet LLC and bank account for each project is all important.