Category Archives: Film

What is an “Accredited Investor”? Why you should care.

Background  If you’re setting up financing for your next film, theatre, or new media production, and you’re planning to talk to potential investors, you need to know the rules.  Whenever a company sells investment opportunities, in which the investors will be ‘passive’, not taking any meaningful role in the management of the business, the transaction… Continue Reading

Why people invest in entertainment

Every week, I speak with producers developing their film or theatrical projects who struggle with the big challenge: finding the financing. In many cases, they’ve come to me as an entertainment lawyer, thinking I have the magic solution. Sadly, I don’t. In fact, most film and theatrical attorneys steer clear of helping clients find the… Continue Reading

Update on status of Jobs Act revisions to Regulation D, Rule 506 securities offerings

Last April, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the JOBS Act.  One important component of that act loosened restrictions on the way film and theatre producers companies can obtain financing through private offerings under Rule 506.  This has been the preferred approach to independent financing for films and theatre projects for some time,… Continue Reading

Crowdfunding: How to do it right

Crowdfunding: How to do it right Earlier this year, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the JOBS Act, which among other things, legalizes both debt and equity based crowdfunding. Later this year, the SEC is required to promulgate new rules which will allow companies seeking investment capital to use portals similar to IndieGoGo… Continue Reading

How entertainment law influenced the modern lore of the vampire…

An interesting post at Plagiarism Today explains how much of modern Dracula/vampire lore is the result of a misguided effort by the producers of “Nosferatu” to avoid a copyright infringement lawsuit from the Bram Stoker estate. http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2011/10/17/dracula-vs-nosferatu-a-true-copyright-horror-story/ Hat tip to Delicious.com user nooitmeere for tagging this story Continue Reading

Chain of Title: What it is, why it matters.

What is Chain of Title? Put simply, Chain of Title is the paper trail that establishes a person or company’s right to take proposed action with respect to a piece of property.   The “chain” runs from the present owner back to the original owner of the property in question. In the entertainment industries, this… Continue Reading

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