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Reading the Fine Print: Taking a Look at Legal

Find out what studios are thinking when they hand you a contract! This circle will give mentees a behind-the-scenes look at the legal side of the animation industry. Your mentor and her guest speakers will explain concepts like copyright and trademark, artist and writer deals, production service agreements, clearance and standards, and more. This circle is great for anyone who is interested in pitching and selling their own projects, working for major studios, or building their own teams of creatives.

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Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Twice Per Month

Dates:  Every other Tuesday starting 4/20

Meeting Times: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (PST)

Circle Leader

Joi Lakes

Highly accomplished business affairs professional and legal counsel in the entertainment industry, serving as a trusted advisor to senior studio management, who applies effective communication, negotiation, contract drafting skills, strategic focus, and a results-oriented approach to manage complex deals and counsel on critical legal issues. Proficient in negotiating and drafting complex agreements in high-volume, fast-paced work environments with multiple competing initiatives and deadlines.

Title/Expertise:  Business Affairs & Legal Counsel

Company:  Disney Television Animation

Location: Burbank, CA

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