Legal & Business Affairs

13 - 17 June 2022

What is it about?

Legal and business affairs can appear quite daunting, especially in the earlier stages of a career in film and TV. This programme has been designed to address this, and will cover the legal framework that is required for a film or TV series. The course starts with the early stage development, to financing, to distribution and finally reaching your audience.

It will also cover key areas of the legal knowledge needed in order to create confidence in the individual when discussing and preparing contracts.

For more information check our brochure.

Who’s it for?

We would be selecting 15 participants, all of whom should have 2+ years experience and is aimed at those working in:

  • Sales and acquisitions executives in a sales company.

  • Executives in a distribution company.

  • Entry level finance and legal executives in a financing outfit.

  • Junior executives at a national or worldwide streamer or network broadcaster.

  • Producers of film and TV. It will be most beneficial to producers who are on their third or fourth feature.

Course outline

Participants will come away with practical knowledge, confidence and understanding of the various legal aspects of film & TV contracts.

This course will cover the key areas of legal knowledge needed and give confidence when discussing contracts. It is designed to follow the lifecycle of a Film/TV project and will include case studies. The following areas are covered:

  • Negotiation of Option Agreements
  • Writers / Directors Deals
  • Attaching Cast (incl. Pay or Play)
  • Hiring Crew
  • Negotiating with US Guilds / Culture of US talent agencies / European talent agencies
  • International co-productions – underlying treaties, legal requirements, fiscal questions
  • Commissioning and production service agreements
  • Deals with the Streamers (and with the Major Studios)
  • Sales & Distribution Agreements
  • Collection Account Management Agreements
  • Closing Finance with private equity/public funds and sustainable financing
  • Cash Flow/Gap financing agreements
  • Clearance of Rights
  • Completion Bond or IFCIC European bank guarantee
  • Film insurances

Selection of Speakers:

  • Andreas Pense | Lawyer & Partner at UNVERZAGT Rechtsanwälte with a focus on copyright and media law
  • Charlotte Lund Thompson | IP LEGAL AND POLICY COUNSEL
  • Christos Michaels | Head of Lee & Thompson’s film sector team
  • Sébastian Lachaussée | Founder of L’Avocat, focused on film, music and technology law
  • Karine Riahi | Spring Legal
  • Mark Byrne | Element Pictures
  • Joris van Wijk | Le Boxeur Films

Course Leaders


Angelika will lead the Legal & Business Affairs course.

As an international business lawyer and legal counsel, Angelika has acquired profound legal and administration expertise and skills in the internet, music and film production business. She is the Managing Director of her own company Glaam Media Invest and works with independent producers as well as large audiovisual groups and streamers as consultant of international co-productions or business affairs.

Venue / Location

This course will be a 5-day in-person course in Vienna from 13 - 17 June 2022 and will be mostly session driven and focused on knowledge transfer and not project driven. Participants will have approximately 3 sessions each day and the opportunity to meet presenting media lawyers from across Europe during networking lunches/dinners.

Covid Protocol

All ISI Courses that will take place on-site will follow an adequate hygiene protocol. The safety and health of everyone involved in our training is our top priority. A more detailed protocol briefing will be provided closer to the training.

Course Fee

€1.500 including tax.

The fee covers the 5-day training program, full seminar catering (lunch + coffee breaks) and two networking dinners. The Fees do not cover travel or accommodation. A list of recommended hotels and guesthouses will be shared with successful participants.

We actively encourage participants to apply for financial support with your national/regional funding bodies who have bursaries and grants to cover training and professional development.

If you have any questions about this course, content or fees, please email office@screeninstitute.eu


Thanks to Creative Europe Funding, ISI has partial scholarship support available for participants who wish to attend this course from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

If you are not from a LCC country and can give us good reason that you are in need of financial assistance and your national screen agency does not fund training in principle, please contact us before submitting your application to discuss whether you can apply for financial support. We have a very limited fund available for a limited number of participants in genuine need.

For working parents who have childcare responsibilities we have a childcare bursary available and a bursary for participants who need extra assistance due to disability or impairment available.

Applications are now closed.