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Women in Animation Hosting Professional Development Panel August 24

Professional development panel, ‘Contracts, Copyrights and Trademarks,’ to be held Wednesday, August 24th at The Animation Guild in Burbank.

Women in Animation, the professional, non-profit organization for women involved in all aspects of the animation industry, is hosting a professional development panel, “Contracts, Copyrights and Trademarks,” at The Animation Guild in Burbank, CA at 7:00pm on Wednesday, August 24th.

Are you a creator? An artist? A writer? A producer? These legal issues may sound like “the boring stuff,” but if you want to succeed in this business, you should have a basic understanding of what they’re all about. You need to know what you’re getting into, where problems may lurk, and how you’re protected. Lawyers, agents, and producers answer your questions and help you avoid a possible disaster.

Panelists include writer and producer Craig Miller, talent agent Annette van Duren and entertainment and intellectual property lawyer Louise Nemschoff, with more speakers still to be announced.

Miller is a well-known and respected writer/producer with more than 200 credits to his name. He has worked in live-action and animation, written scripts, developed series, pitched to studios and networks, produced, cast, approved storyboards, character designs, and animation -- the entire gamut of what goes into creating, selling, and producing a TV series. Miller is a member of the Writers Guild of America (for which he chairs the Animation Writers Caucus), the Writers Guild of Canada, and the Television Academy (where he has been an Emmy Judge for several years). He also leads Professional Development for the organization Women in Animation and has been a judge for ASIFA’s Annie Awards.

After graduating with a BS in Rehabilitation Services from Virginia Commonwealth University, van Duren began a career in the entertainment business that started with leadership of VCU’s concert committee. She worked at a small rock booking agency, William Morris in NY, and as Phyllis Diller’s road manager before heading to UCLA for an MBA degree. van Duren has been working as an agent for 25 years with an emphasis on animation. She is active in the international arena, as well as with the U.S. studios and networks, and regularly attends KidScreen, MIPJr and MIPCOM.

Nemschoff is a sole practitioner of entertainment and intellectual property law with offices in Los Angeles. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, she represents a wide range of individual and institutional clients in finance, distribution, production, international co-productions, agency and licensing for film, television, comic books, video games and other digital media. Nemschoff has published a number of articles and spoken extensively in the United States, Europe and South America on copyright, trademark, digital media, film finance and film distribution. She is an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School and serves as an arbitrator on the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) dispute resolution panel.

Women in Animation Professional Development Panel: “Contracts, Copyrights and Trademarks”
Wednesday August 24th at 7:00pm
The Animation Guild
1105 N Hollywood Way
Burbank CA 91505
Admission is Free for WIA members. $15 at the door for non-members. RSVP here.

Source: Women in Animation

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.