Legal Basics for Emerging Producers - 1 July

Legal Basics for Emerging Producers - 1 July

Posted Wednesday 13 Apr 2022

There are three workshops on three different dates, with eight places available in each.

Choose from Friday 6 May, Friday 17 June, Friday 1 July.

Shout out to all beginner producers! We know your budgets are tight, and talking to a lawyer can be daunting. Sinclair Black, Entertainment Lawyers, is offering up to 24 emerging producer WIFT members a free two-hour session to run through some of the legal basics you need to know as producers. Come and get some tips and tricks that may help avoid some bigger (and costly) legal mistakes...!

Mel Chuter will cover things such as:

  • legal concepts like how to form a contract, copyright, chain of title, and running an SPV;
  • the key agreements you'll need as a producer;
  • common clauses you should understand (e.g. what do “warranty", “indemnity”, "injunctive relief” actually mean?);
  • what to look out for in a production agreement, a distribution agreement and a financing agreement; and
  • and when (and how!) to get help from a lawyer.

Christy Whelan will talk through the basics of music licensing for film and tv – what rights you need, who to get them from and how best to do that. 

These are small and intimate sessions, for new producers wanting to ask all those questions about the stuff you’re ‘supposed’ to know. Just be aware that Mel and Christy cannot give out specific advice on matters. The rules governing lawyers require that clients formally engage a lawyer to give rise to a solicitor/client relationship. The session is not a substitute for legal advice and you cannot rely on it as such – if you have a legal matter you need help with you should engage a specialist lawyer.  

Presented by Mel Chuter and Christy Whelan of Sinclair Black 

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First in first served!

Date: Friday 01 Jul 2022
Location: Click Studios, 145 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm


Upcoming events...

Saturday 25 May 2024

Producing Travel, Adventure and Food Shows with Jon Kroll

We are thrilled to announce this special intensive workshop with Emmy Award-winning TV producer Jon Kroll including two guest speakers, for our Wellington members!

In this one-day seminar, producer Jon Kroll will take you on a deep dive into the world of international factual production. Jon has worked in more than 70 countries on shows like the Emmy-winning “Amazing Race,” “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted,” “Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins,” “Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper” and “Appetite for Adventure with Moe Cason.”

While making these shows can be both fun and rewarding, the execution of them involves unique challenges, including language barriers, currency fluctuations, permitting, equipment carnets, unpredictable weather, insurance, diseases, safety, casting, scouting and travel delays. He’ll take you on a journey from the first network country pitch to the final sound mix, and by the end you’ll be ready to take on the world.

He will also be inviting guest speakers Tara Williams’, the Vice President of Production at Original Productions, and Alexander Ayling, a full-time award-winning filmmaker, content creator, Youtuber, and television host, to share their wealth of knowledge inside this seminar.

Make the most of this opportunity!

Date: Saturday, 25 May 

Time:  10am – 4pm

Venue: Massey University, Wellington

Cost: Members $20.  Non-members $40. Massey Students $10.

 Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.  Bring your own lunch.

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Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.