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Topic: Entertaiment Lawyer

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 08/26/07 04:02 AM

A friend's script has been requested by a legit. producer. They say they won't look at it unless she submits it through a lawyer or agent. Do any of you know of an entertainment laywer who would write a cover letter for a fee? It appears important that the attorney be from California. No idea why.

Author: d santiago Posted: 08/26/07 07:13 PM

Heather,

This may sound stupid but I'm just wondering...

Is the producer willing to give a referal for your friend? Not only would it be easier but also if the producer only accepts scripts through an agent/laywer and now they really want to read the script, to me it sounds like they are interested.

Curious and wishing good luck to your friend,

Don

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 08/26/07 07:21 PM

Thanks, Don! I'll suggest that to her.

Heather

Author: bill pryor Posted: 08/28/07 09:46 AM

Most entertainment lawyers charge by the hour, around $300 and up. To protect their reputation for recommending only quality scripts, the good ones usually read the whole script. There goes about $600. Then you have to look for a lawyer who has the time.

Of course, you can ask for help from a divorce lawyer in Peoria who will do it for $50 or less without ever looking at it. His/her submission might be all the protection the producer needs to have. It's a jungle out there but one has to deal with it.

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 08/28/07 07:16 PM

Thanks, Bill. I'm glad I've never had to go this route, 'cause it sounds like an expensive pain.

Heather

Author: Ben Lanyc Posted: 08/23/08 04:31 PM

Hi Folks,

Who are some of the affordable entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles area?

Looking for one.

Anyone, just graduated from Law School?

I know some charge $350.00 - $450.00 per hour. Too expensive!

Anyone charging around $100.00 per hour. Which is a fair rate.

Peace,

BL

Author: Poetist Soul Posted: 08/24/08 07:51 PM

Bill,

I like to think that I value a dollar probably more than anyone on this board. However, there comes a time, in which you have to consider more than a hourly fee. Ever hear of the addage, you get what you pay for? Yes, $300 to $500 can be saved, but if you have an inexperience lawyer, who doesn't know the ins and out, go over contracts, you might be spending or losing more than a few hundred bucks.

Of course, you can say the new attorney may be top of his or her class, but he or she may not be aware of all of the perks that can make a big difference, such as royalties, producing credit, sequels, video game royalties, merchandising, and whatever that can be dreamed up on a contract, since things change all the time.

Author: Ron Brassfield Posted: 08/28/08 10:39 PM

What are you looking for? Are you in a dispute? marklitwak.com gives a heck of a lot of free advice. Booke A. Wharton's book, "The Writer Got Screwed (But Didn't Have To)" covers a lot of writerly legal ground. You might also want to check out "This Business of Screenwriting (How to Protect Yourself as a Screenwriter)" by Ron Suppa. There's also a book for writers in general, "The Writer's Legal Companion," by Brad Bunnin and Peter Beren.

Did you get an offer on a script and need someone to negotiate terms? It is possible to locate attorneys on findlaw.com, but be warned, some of the entertainment attorneys are pompous blowhards who hobnob with the multi-millionaires of the business and they won't want to talk to you. I had one of that variety who went out of his way to threaten to sue me just for making an email inquiry once. There are some who are more human and may agree to represent you on a consignment (percentage) basis if you can bring them a solid offer you've obtained for a script, then they may negotiate terms for you. Don't expect them to act as your agent, though, they won't. And I can tell you that the studios and major production companies don't respect the fact that you have an attorney in your corner. That is not an "in" unless that attorney is already doing regular business with someone in their company.