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Entertainment Law Seminar (Zand)
Fall 2019   LAW 990-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
M 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Silverman Hall 245A

Marc Zand


Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Drafting Legal Documents
Other Professional Skills:

50% Participation,
25% Exam,
25% Other (Grading will be: 1) 50% class participation 2) 25% take home Deal Negotiation Project 3) 25% Final take-home exam two essay questions)

Take Home,

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement


Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.



This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the legal, business and financial aspects of Entertainment Industry, with a particular focus on television and new digital media industries. The course will present a road map to the current ecosystem to permit the successful navigation across a variety of entertainment business transactions from inception to closing to operational implementation. The curriculum will include issues relevant to the development, production, acquisition, distribution, and exploitation of audio/visual entertainment content on a global basis. Specific areas of focus will include a forensic study of the landscape for content acquisitions and original productions, financing sources and business structures, distribution, revenue modeling with the explanation of contingent proceeds. A number of representative deals will be examined as case studies, with the objective of training students to apply informed, analytical and creative thinking to practical problems.

The first class meeting will be on Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 pm in T112.

The final will consist of a) negotiation project and b) short-form essays reflecting on course themes.

Course Concentrations

Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.


"Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements for Film, TV, and Digital Media" by Dina Appleton & Daniel Yankelvits
Edition: Third Edition
Publisher: Allworth Press
ISBN: 9781621536581