[Legal Series] Understanding Life Rights and How to Acquire Them

Alexa Whiteside
Associate Attorney, Ramo Law PC

Maybe you've stumbled across an amazing true story that hasn’t been told on the big screen before. You can hardly wait to roll up your sleeves and breathe new life into the tale. It's dynamic, cinematic, and you feel called to tell this story to the best of your ability. There’s just one problem: you don’t have the life rights of the real people featured.

But what even are life rights? How do you go about getting them? Are they really that important? We are thrilled to have Alexa Whiteside break it all down for you!

**For writers with a few screenplays under their belt who are ready to learn about the technical side of acquiring life rights. 

This 67-Minute Webinar Covers:

  • The ins and outs of life rights explained
  • How do you acquire someone's life rights? 
  • How to find out what figures are in the public domain 

About Your Host

Alexa Whiteside is an entertainment attorney at Ramo Law PC located in Beverly Hills, California, providing comprehensive legal services to film producers and filmmakers in the financing, production and distribution of their film, television and digital content with a particular focus in clearances, fair use, and production and distribution legal. She regularly advises filmmakers on questions pertaining to copyright, life rights, and intellectual property issues. Alexa’s clearance legal work includes such films as the 2017 superhero documentary “Look to the Sky”, the 2018 concert documentary “Steven Tyler’s: Out On A Limb”, and the 2018 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco docu-drama “The Maestro.”

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Alexa was a New York City filmmaker who worked as a producer, unit production manager, casting associate and advisor to a variety of short and independent films. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Art’s Film & Television Production undergraduate program with minors in Psychology, Producing and the Business of Entertainment and Media and Columbia University in the City of New York’s Continuing Education Advanced Certificate Program in Business Administrations, her education and experience prior to the law gives Alexa a detailed understanding of the inner workings and demands of production both on and off the set.


What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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