Wednesday, March 12, 2008

March 19, 2008 Special "DOUBLE" Workshop

FREE Legal Clinic AND Conversation with Mary Chiochios, Director of Operations, Massachusetts Film Office

This workshop will be our first "CLINIC" workshop- in which you will have the opportunity to sign up for a 15 minute free individual consultation with entertainment lawyers Sandra Forman or Mary Landergan. We also will welcome Mary Chiochios from the Massachusetts Film Office for a conversation about the film office and the independent film community.

This is an excellent opportunity to speak with a lawyer about entertainment, copyright, business and trademark matters. We ask that you rsvp to this email to request a consultation--we will assign 15 minute sessions in the order in which the request/rsvp's are received. We will write you back confirming with your assigned time.

While the individual consultations are in progress, the whole group will have the opportunity to have a conversation with Mary Chiochios to learn about the Massachusetts Film Office, its services (including the online production guide and how you can get listed), and how you can take advantage of the new tax incentive legislation.

DATE: March 19, 2008
TIME: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Bernard Toale Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End

RSVP REQUIRED FOR LEGAL CONSULTATION To schedule your free 15 minute legal consultation, please rsvp to


Sandra Forman ,of counsel to Rich May,has a diverse practice in the areas of entertainment and copyright law. Her clients include film and television producers and directors, screenwriters, animators, book authors, talent, software and book publishers, distributors, and multi-media and educational software producers. Ms. Forman leads RichMay's Entertainment Copyright and Trademark practice group.

Ms. Forman began her career in the entertainment field at WGBH in Boston where she co-developed the Commercial Marketing Department and created ancillary distribution opportunities for WGBH programs worldwide. With the assistance of a venture capitalist she later founded Forman Entertainment Group for the purpose of developing film and television projects. She was simultaneously "of counsel" to the former Boston law firm of Budd, Wiley and Richlin and, in that capacity, represented entertainment clients as both an attorney and a consultant.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms Forman has served over the past several years as project director and legal counsel on the Eyes on the Prize Re-Release Project. Eyes on the Prize is the definitive documentary series on the Civil Rights Movement. In 2003, Ms. Forman began to work with Blackside, producer of Eyes on the Prize, to raise funds to clear the extensive rights in the series and prepare the 14 hours of programming for rebroadcast on PBS and distribution in the educational market. Ms. Forman's efforts resulted in major funding for the re-release of the series from the Ford Foundation and the Gilder Foundation, as well as funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to conduct a national outreach campaign.

Mary E. Landergan, of counsel to Rich May, concentrates on corporate, trademark and entertainment matters. Ms. Landergan is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law (J.D. 1982) where she was an International Fellow and worked for the Immigration Law Clinic and Entitlement Clinic. She graduated with honors from University College in Dublin, Ireland, with a master's degree in Anglo-Irish Literature. She received her undergraduate degree with honors in English and Psychology from Wellesley College, where she was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa in her Junior year.

Ms. Landergan brings over 20 years of diverse experience to Rich May, having practiced in international law, general commercial litigation, bankruptcy, constitutional law, civil rights and entertainment law. She has worked in the legal departments at CBS and ABC, and at an international New York-based law firm. She has provided legal and strategic consulting services for various clients in the media/entertainment industry in the areas of intellectual property, media law, contract negotiation and drafting, employment law, first amendment and pre-broadcast libel review. She is currently a Lecturer of Entertainment and First Amendment Law at Northeastern University School of Law.