Entertainment Business Contracts



SLN #: 21464
Course Prefix: LAW-691
Course Section: 015
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Mableson

Course Description:
The business of film, television, theater, literary and music publishing, sound recording, advertising, visual and performance arts, online games and virtual worlds, and new media is rapidly expanding and converging in the digital age. As more and more people are engaging with digital entertainment, content creators are discovering ways to produce and deliver content faster and more effectively. The legal issues that accompany the creation of content in our interconnected world present opportunities for future lawyers to develop traditional and non-traditional practices in the Arts & Entertainment industry.

This 3.0 credit course is designed as an introduction to the Entertainment business by way of a sampling of the contracts that are typically used to document the myriad of business relationships in the industry. The course is intended to provide students with a representational overview of the issues and contract terms typically encountered in the arts, entertainment, and media business. The course will emphasize the terms of the deal as negotiated in the final contract. Contracts are the lens through which Entertainment business and law will be taught.

After introductory classes giving an overview of the subject matter and learning about the various parties involved in a deal, each class session will focus on the business through the craft of contract drafting in a particular discipline (e.g., film or music), highlighting the terms of the deal and the intersection between the law and the deal as it relates to contractual relationships. Students will be required to pick apart and analyze deal terms, clauses, & alternative drafting methods, with the expectation that that they will learn the basics of contract drafting in the entertainment, arts and new media business.

In addition to providing instruction in the legal issues in the Entertainment business, the class will teach students essential contract writing skills that will be transportable to other industries and practice areas.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: No
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Prerequisite: Contracts & Legal Writing. Copyright Law is a pre or co-requisite, subject to instructor waiver
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Limited Enrollment Number: No
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: In-Class
Mid Term or Other Exam: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: No
Participation Points: Yes. Bring 2 legal pads and pen and highlighter to class. You may be asked from time to time to put away your computer. In-class drafting exercises will be held and although not graded will count towards participation points.
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: Blackboard