Legal 411: The Legal Info Every Writer Needs to Work Smart and Succeed in the Film Industry

Event Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016 || Speaker: Dinah Perez || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

Should you copyright or register your screenplay with the WGA? How do you protect your ideas while pitching them? What are the must have deal points in a screenplay option/purchase agreement? What should you expect when a producer hires you to write a screenplay? What rights do you need to acquire if you’re writing a life story? Should you retain a lawyer?


**The deadline has passed and REGISTRATION is now CLOSED for this event. Please view our calendar for upcoming event.**

Check-in begins at 12:30 pm.
Event starts at 1:00 pm.

No Refunds. No Credits.

More details:

Ms. Perez will share with you all the legal information she believes every writer needs to know to work smart and succeed in the film business.

Ms. Perez will take questions during the seminar and will give those in attendance a free phone consultation.

A copy of the current Hollywood Screenwriting Directory will be raffled off.


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, “The Screenwriters Guide to Agents and Managers,” “Hollywood Screenwriting Directory,”  and “Hollywood Producing Directory” (2016).  Ms. Perez has been quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Wired Magazine, Wired.Com, and “Alone In A Room” and “How To Make It In Hollywood.”  She has been interviewed by KNX Radio and appeared on Sin Fronteras and El Gordo y La Flaca (Telemundo).

Ms. Perez has participated in panels and/or spoken at the Black Hollywood Film Festival, the Latin Heat Film Festival, Women in Film, Cinewomen, Independent Feature Project West, American Film Market, the Inktip Pitch Summit, Screenwriters World Conference, Writers Store, Showbiz Store and Café, Chapman University, Cal Arts, Loyola Marymount University, the New York Film Academy, etc. She is a protégé of Betty Cashman, public speaking “coach to the famous.”

She is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (Entertainment Law Section, Executive Committee), the California State Bar, Film Independent, and NARIP (National Association of Record Industry Professionals). She was a founding board member of Cinewomen in Los Angeles, CA.


Join us on the Third Saturday every month at:

CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604


Free Parking — Enter the CBS lot at the main gate & inform security you are there for the Scriptwriters Network event.

You’ll be asked for your government issued photo ID, and then given directions to the meeting location. You may park in any available space on the lot, unless CBS’ Security directs you to a park at a different area.

As this is a professional event, we ask that you please arrive prior to the event start time.

Meeting Timeframe: 1:00 pm to approximately 3:00 pm

Please remember to bring a picture ID and your SWN Membership Card!

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