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Legal 411: How to Secure Literary Representation and Shop Your Screenplay Until You Do

At a Glance

  • When and how to pitch your screenplay
  • How to secure literary representation
  • Whether you should retain legal counsel and when

There is a right and wrong way to pitch a script and shop your screenplay, be it to agents, managers or producers.  Avoid the pitfalls that will expose you to idea theft, close doors before they are even open, and lock you into ineffective representation for a period of years. Work smart and know the dos and don’ts of pitching, selling your screenplay, and finding an agent.  In this very informative session, you’ll learn:

  • when and how to pitch your screenplay to avoid the risk of theft,
  • how contract law protects your idea when copyright law does not,
  • whether to register a copyright or register your screenplay with the WGA,
  • how to get around the submission release,
  • how to secure literary representation,
  • the clauses to avoid in the agent/manager agreements, and
  • when and how to retain legal counsel.

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Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Dinah Perez

DINAH PEREZ graduated Loyola Law School and has been in the practice of entertainment law since 1996.  She practices film, television, theater, music, new media, copyright, and trademark law. She enjoys practicing entertainment law because she has great respect for the arts and those who create, and relishes helping her clients attain their professional goals.  

Ms. Perez has been published in Story Board Magazine, Release Print, Script Magazine, AThe Screenwriters Guide to Agents and Managers,

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