The Los Angeles Entertainment Law Immersion Program is an intensive ten-week course that teaches transactional entertainment law in the areas of film, music and television. There is one intro class, then 10 weekly core classes, each 2.5 hours long, held in Beverly Hills. There are writing assignments every week, and approximately 10-15 hours of preparation, […]

I was recently asked by a film industry colleague – what is your favorite animation? My answer had two parts. Part #1 was met with stunned silence, then laughter, then incredulity when I stuck with my answer. Frankly, I think the “sophistication” of my answer stunned them. Here’s the deal. Yes, there are many examples of incredible […]

In Goodbye Blue Sky, RUSSELL is a San Francisco entertainment lawyer in his 40s or 50s who owns his own record label. Russell represents everything that is evil and wrong about the music industry. Russell signs Flower and the Dead Spiders to his label, and does not care that something bad is happening to the kids who […]

After much creative discussion and planning, we expanded the search for the role of Flower for our film beyond Japan, to include models and actors in the rest of the world as well. Who is Flower? Flower is an alien fighter pilot turned rock star. She gets shot down over San Francisco, survives the crash, and through a chaotic […]

I caught the movie Bad Grandpa last night. I thought it was brilliant, but probably not for the reasons you might expect. To explain… In Bad Grandpa, Johnny Knoxville creates a old man character who goes on a mission to return his grandson to his father. Along the way, the producers put the old man and […]

1. Domo Arigato. As of tonight, we have a great Japanese translation of the new Goodbye Blue Sky script. One rule of international film I learned this year – script translations are not a luxury, they are a necessity, for all aspects of production, not just cast. Rumiko is a rock star! 2. Knowledge is Power. I’ve taught an entertainment law […]

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