Oct 1, 2009



With Akua Boyenne, Esq.

October 7, 2009, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

DESCRIPTION: The actor is a key creative component and selling point in getting a feature film made. Today’s market is largely “name” driven. Making a deal with a recognizable actor is a critical factor for attaining financing and eventually producing a film. Additionally, because the actor is the only creative element that appears on the screen, as well as in the advertising and promotion, the actor can be very demanding during negotiations. Therefore, the actor agreement is often the most challenging deal to negotiate. Understanding how to navigate the negotiation process and nuances of the actor agreement is essential for producers, directors, writers, actors and anyone interested in the film business. The workshop will outline and discuss the basic terms of the actor agreement along with the important issues to consider when negotiating the deal.

SPEAKER: Akua Boyenne, Esq. is a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney specializing in motion picture and television transactions. Her clients include award-winning and up-and-coming writers, directors, producers and production companies that work in both the studio and independent systems. Her firm also specializes in additional entertainment related areas of law including: corporate formation, trademark registration, copyright filing, music and finance transactions. Akua is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School, Tufts University and extensive programs
at UCLA Entertainment Law Studies. She is admitted to practice in California, New York and New Jersey, is a member of the American Bar Association (Entertainment Law Section), the Beverly Hills Bar Association (Entertainment and Intellectual Property Section), Film Independent, Inc. and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.

WHEN: October 7, 2009, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

ADMISSION: General Admission: $20, Members of CLA, Santa Monica Residents, and Co-sponsoring organizations: $10, Senior Citizens and Students: $5

REGISTRATION: Call CLA at (310) 998-5590, or email Angela (please include your contact info and specify the workshop date(s)) at: clasocaled@aol.com

These workshops were made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Community Foundation. Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.

California Lawyers for the Arts
1641 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310.998.5590 tel
310.998.5594 fax

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