Dealmaking In The Film and Television Industry

If you're a writer, Mark Litwak's course at Story Expo is an essential. Consistently named one of the top "Super Lawyers" in the business, we are thrilled to have Mark join us for an incredible session on what writers and storytellers need to do to protect their works, negotiate deals, understand how TV and film contracts work, and much, much more!


Litwak is the author of six books: Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood (William Morrow, 1986), Courtroom Crusaders (William Morrow, 1989), Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry 4th Edition (Silman-James Press,) (1st Edition winner of the 1996 Kraszna-Krausz award for best book in the world on the film business), Contracts for the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 3rd Ed. 2012), Litwak's Multimedia Producer's Handbook (Silman-James Press, 1998) and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film (Silman-James Press, 2004).

He has contributed articles for The Los Angeles Times, The Business of Film, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker and Daily Journal.

He is an entertainment attorney based in Los Angeles, California, an arbitrator and an expert witness. He is also an adjunct professor at U.S.C. law school where he teaches entertainment law.

Litwak has been admitted to practice law since 1977 and has worked in New York and California. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been designated a Southern California Super Lawyer multiple times by Thomson Reuters.

A frequent speaker, he has presented seminars across the United States, and in England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada including presentations for the American Film Institute, Columbia University, N.Y.U, U.S.C, the University of British Columbia and the Royal College of Art in London.

He is the creator of Entertainment Law Resources.