The Business (and Legal) Aspects of the Biz: from Rights/Chain of Title, Production Legal through Delivery
Laura Caulfield from Entertainment Solutions, will be giving a seminar on the business and legal aspects of the business from rights acquisition, chain of title, financing, production legal through delivery to distributors.
Mini-Bio: Laura started out in front of the camera. Falling in love with the filmmaking process, she garnered experience as a PA, she worked for Winkler Films (Guilty by Suspecion, The Net, Life Is a House) as the executive assistant and in house reader for producer/director Irwin Winkler. Moving on she joined The Forge (Geena Davis' then production company) as a creative executive where she read screenplays and ran the story department. From there she went on to set up her own indy banner and produced numerous indy films, including, Face The Music, which won accolades at several festivals and was distributed by New Line.
Finding she had an affinity for the business side, she went on to study law at UCLA School of Law paralegal program. Upon graduation, she joined the legal department at New Line where she had a meteroic rise and was promoted to Executive Director of Production Business and Legal Affairs where she oversaw a staff of attorneys and handled all aspects of production legal for in house projects (including, Lord of The Rings, Wedding Crashers, etc.). Laura went on to work at O'Melveny on complex motion picture financing and entertainment corporate matters. From there she was brought on to run the Production Legal department at Paramount Pictures where she oversaw the production legal staff and worked on the blockbuster hits Transformers 3, MI4, World War Z and numerous others.
Drawing on her extensive experience, she launched Entertainment Solutions and has been working on her own for major clients. Some of the recent films she has handled production legal for include: The Free State of Jones, Bad Moms, American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street just to name a few.
"I always wanted to produce films that provoke you to think, that depict women in all of our complexities, not just in cookie cutter roles. I want to support, mentor and promote more women in all aspects of the industry" says Laura. "Sharing what I have learned with the next generation of women filmmakers is important to me as I believe having a better understanding of the business side (not just the creative aspects) will help all women, whether directors, producers etc."
The seminar will be in October at her home in beautiful Ojai, California. Address will be provided to attendees closer to the date. There will be local wine to get the discussion flowing. Attendees should bring a dish to share. We will gather in the back patio overlooking the Topa Topa Mountains (famous for the "pink light moment"). Seating is limited. Please advise if you are intrested in attending.