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  • Description
    There are three agreements that are critical for attorneys representing comic book creators – the services agreement, the publishing agreement and the motion picture option/purchase agreement. With the help of veteran comic book publishing attorneys, this CLE course will explain best practices for negotiating these types of agreements from the negotiation to the drafting stage and also stage mock negotiations for participants. The course will also take into account specific issues such as page rates, royalties and financial incentives, provisions and deliverables clauses and intellectual property concerns every attorney should be attuned to.
  • Instructor Bio

    Thomas Crowell

    Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Lane Sash and Larrabee, LLP, in the firm's New York office. He is also the Director from Practice, emeritus, of The Indie Film Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from film and television to comic book publishing, music, and the graphic arts. He is the series editor of the Focal Press "Pocket Lawyer for...." series of legal guide books and author of both "The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers" (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011) and the first dedicated legal guide for the comic book industry: "The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators" (Focal Press 2014). Mr. Crowell received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum Laude, Order of the Coif. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Jeff Trexler

    Jeff Trexler, Esq. (JD, Yale; PhD, Duke) is an attorney and Associate Director of the Fashion Law Institute. Jeff has worked with media and fashion clients from around the world on issues ranging from start-up formation and tax strategy to corporate ethics and intellectual property.

    Fredric Goodman

    Fredric Goodman is a Founding Partner at Marin/Goodman, LLP. Fred has negotiated many studio deals for the production of movies, television properties, and has drafted and closed thousands of contracts involving intellectual property, brands, technology and e-commerce. As a litigator, Fred has managed thousands of lawsuits through settlement, dismissal or trial in the areas of premises liability, asbestos defense, security guard liability, Coop/Condo litigation, intentional torts, discrimination, employment disputes, products liability, contract disputes, indemnity claims, entertainment, anti-trust and more.