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Pitching & Selling Your #Screenplay or #TVShow with Attorney Dinah Perez for #Writers & #Screenwriters

If you are a screenwriter working to pitch and sell your screenplay, you’ll find this informative recording featuring Attorney with Dinah Perez informative.  You can listen to it free here:

She graduated from Loyola Law School and has been in the practice of entertainment law since 1996. As a full service entertainment attorney she supports screenwriters, producers, talent management companies, production companies, publishers, recording artists, and creators of new media content.

Her work has been published in Story Board Magazine, Release Print,,,, and, and she’s been quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Wired Magazine, Wired.Com. She was interviewed by John Scott Lewinski for his books, Alone In A Room and The Screenwriters Guide to Agents and Managers. She’s spoken at the Screenwriters World Conference, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Scriptwriters Network, Writers Digest Conference West, and Cinewomen. Ms. Perez is fully bi-lingual in Spanish and services clients from Spain, South America, and Mexico.

She is publisher of

In this recording Dinah Perez addresses:

  • How Writers Sell Screenplays
  • Submitting Your Work to Agents, Managers & Producers
  • Understanding Submission Releases & Shopping Agreements
  • How Entertainment Lawyers Work with Writers to Close Deals
  • 5 Mistakes Most Writers Make When They Negotiate Their Own Deals

If you have questions, please email I look forward to being of service to you.

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Tips for Avoiding Litigation for Writers, Screenwriters, Filmmakers, Actors & Other Creative Minds with Attorney Justin Sterling

Creative professionals spend years on our work and getting tied up in years of litigation, or having our work taken from us because we made a bad deal, is a tremendous loss. This video teaches you business skills and practices that can help you side step a lot of legal hassles.

Justin Sterling is founder of The Sterling Firm, a full-service civil litigation and transactional law firm devoted to Business Law, Entertainment Law, and Personal Injury cases. The Sterling Firm is dedicated to helping clients obtain maximum compensation, achieve cost-effective legal solutions, and resolve legal conflicts efficiently. You can learn more about Justin at and

Topics addressed in this interview include.

  • 3 Myths People Believe About Litigation
  • 5 Mistakes People Make that Often Lead to Litigation
  • What to Do Business Deals Start to Fall Apart
  • Things to Say (and Avoid Saying) When Someone Offers to Sue You
  • Preparing to Win the Court Battles You Hope You Never Have
  • What to Do When Litigation (or Arbitration) is Inevitable

This interview is not meant to provide legal advice to people who are currently in litigation or who expect to find themselves in court soon. It’s meant to help filmmakers, writers, screenwriters, and business owners adopt good business practices that will help them do business going forward.

Get the interview and in-depth written documentation here for free

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Get this Great Interview with Professional #FilmEditor Larry Jordan (Jack Frost, CSI Miami, NYPD Blue)

Larry Jordan has amassed more than 45 professional credits, working on successful films such as FallenAssassinsDeuce BigelowMale Gigolo and television series including CSI: Miami and NYPD Blue. . Larry has worked with many of the top creatives at the world’s largest entertainment companies, including Time Warner, Sony, Fox, MGM, HBO, Netflix and Disney. He has supervised creative aspects of the post-production process on dozens of feature films and television shows with budgets ranging from $1 million to more than $80 million. He recently completed his latest feature film, Naked starring Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall for Netflix.

Go here to watch the interview and to get a bunch of other free resources

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DEC 17 2017 : Helping You Have a Great 2018 in the Entertainment Industry


As the year winds down I know you’re working hard to give everyone a great holiday.  Gifts, parties, and mini-vacations we take now give us the breather we need to rush into a new year. My job is to ensure you arrive in the new year with a way to get moving on the objectives you care most about.  Below you’ll find the first events of the new year ready for your review. I look forward to seeing you soon.

DEC 30 @ 9:30 Making Google Love You Without Buying Ads (Hollywood Breakfast Meeting)

JAN 3 @ 1PM Conference Call Meetup: Booking Radio Interviews / Getting Your Own Radio Show with Producer Heidi Hilton (Free)

JAN 5 @ 11:30 Getting Hired in Hollywood (Business Lunch Meeting)

JAN 8 @ 1PM Writer’s Block Causes and Cures with Dr. Rebecca Roy Clinical Psychologist Conference Call Meetup (Free)

JAN 10 @ 11:30 Dealing with Difficult People (Hollywood Lunch Meeting)

Feb 1 @ 7PM Feb 1 @ 7PM Pitching & Selling Your Screenplay or TV Show with Attorney Dinah Perez Conference Call Meetup (FREE)

The two most important events I’m running are online workshops that cover how to produce under $100K and up to $10M films.  You’ll find them listed below. I’ve seen a lot of people dive into making a movie only to spend years accomplishing nothing or years paying off “investments” that never translated into something they could sell.

Each of the online workshops below costs just $20.  You can attend them from anywhere and come with very comprehensive documentation. They help you avoid making dangerous mistakes while giving you a solid understanding of how to swiftly build a profitable film.  (And it is important to note that the process for building a profitable under $100K film is very different from building a larger project. Larger projects usually require working with investors and that bring a whole new set of risks and requirements.)

Whether you are producer determined to make a movie, a writer or actor becoming a producer so you can get the projects you care the most about underway, or someone who wants to understand what producers do so you can ensure you’re working with smart/reputable people . . . you’ll find this useful.

Jan 4, 11, 18 @ 7PM Online Workshop: How to Fund & Produce a $200K-$10M Film (Attend from Anywhere)

Jan 9, 16, 23 @ 7PM Online Workshop: How to Fund & Produce an Under $100K Feature Film (Attend from Anywhere)

I very much enjoy helping creative people achieve their professional objectives.  If I can be of service to you, please reach out to me at  I look forward to hearing from you and I’m also up for giving quick answers when I have them.

If you have any trouble with any of these links, or difficulty signing up for anything, please email me.

Nancy Fulton

All Resources and Live Events can be found at

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The Small Town Filmmaker & Web Series Producer Advantage

Hollywood and New York originally cornered the market on making movies and television shows because it took a lot of special equipment to produce and distribute content.  But these days anyone with an iPhone can technically produce a film with high enough production values to get wide release and earn a profit.  Tangerine was shot on iPhone 5s.

Today it is cheap and easy to guarantee distribution for a film on Amazon, iTunes, and even to get release on Hulu, Netflix, and Cable Pay Per View if your ultra low budget film or web series is interesting  and well made.  In fact, it has never been easier to distribute media.

And that means that small town filmmakers have a serious advantage over those working in what we think of as the big filmmaking cities of LA, New York, Albuquerque, New Orleans, and Atlanta.

If you’ve ever wanted to make movies or web series and you’ve figured it was impossible due to where you live, I hope you email me at  I’d like to help you get rolling.

Here are some of the very significant advantages you have.

Lower Costs: Filming in any city is expensive.  Costs are just naturally higher for people, locations, equipment, etc.  There are more rules and regulations that govern what you do and where you do it. If you live in a small town an you want to set up a green screen in a big barn, no one is going to complain.

People are More Cooperative: When you live in a big media city, getting permission to shoot in a store or a restaurant, event at midnight, requires some fast talking with the business owner, his neighbors, and a bunch of permits that take time and money to acquire. Most small towns figure that 10 people inside a store or restaurant at midnight aren’t bothering anybody.

Locations are More Exotic and Easier to Find: Every small town across the nation has it’s own character, it’s own unique establishments, its own natural wonders, and these elements make for a movie people worldwide haven’t seen before.  We haven’t seen your cemeteries, churches, grave yards, ravines, lakes, rivers, beaches, woods, cottages, and houses.

Actors are Easier to Hire: There’s no doubt that famous people make films easier to sell, but good indie films thrive when they have unique characters that don’t look like they came out of central casting.  Good scripts, great rehearsals, a committed crew translate into great performances.

Good Promotion is Easier to Get: When a filmmaker in LA produces a new film, everyone yawns.  But small towns are communities that frequently notice when one of their own has done something new. Its easier for your film to get mentioned in the local newspaper, easier for you to fill a theater with people who will post something nice about you on IMDB, and easier for you to get good reviews for a film on Amazon.  Those things are very hard to do when you are one of two million filmmakers in a big city.

You Have Unique Stories to Tell: Small towns handle murders differently than big towns. Small towns have secrets.  Small towns have legends and memories we haven’t already shared.  There are a million stories you can tell the world that we haven’t already heard.

I currently support 25K independent filmmakers, screenwriters, writers and actors here in Los Angeles, but I come from a small town.  I can teach you what you need to know about creating, protecting, and selling your work and I can help you create content shown around the world.

I think small town filmmakers are going to be the next big wave of profitable media for all the reasons listed previously.  You have every advantage when it comes to making profitable films and web series and I’d like to see you take advantage of them.

Once again, if you’re a small town filmmaker, I hope you email me at  Let me know where you live and what kind of films you want to make. I’d want to help you get rolling.

Most of my materials are $0-$20 learning how to make and distribute films isn’t going to break the bank.  It’s just going to give you a new reason to be glad you don’t live in the big city.

Here’s are a few to get you started . . . 

Remember to email me at

PS: Over the years, a lot of ultra low budget projects have gone on to make big profits. This is, in fact, the most common way for an indie filmmaker to become famous. 


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Dr. Sean Young to Discusses The Science of Behavior Change with Writer/Producer Nancy Fulton

In this one hour online interview, Dr. Sean Young addresses how entertainment industry professionals and creative entrepreneurs can make lasting changes to their lives swiftly and comfortably. Those interested in listening to this interview should go here:

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People have trouble making lasting changes that improve their lives. They stop exercising, forget the diet that will prolong and improve the quality of their life, and procrastinate when it comes to doing the things and meeting the people that will give them the career, business, or personal life they desperately want.

Most of us don’t know how swiftly, comfortably, and reliably change the behaviors that determine the course of our life and yet it is a skill the vast majority of us can acquire.

In this event, Dr. Sean Young, a UCLA Medical School professor, and executive director or the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior, and the University of California Institute for Prediction technology will discuss how to stick with the changes that will help you achieve your personal and professional objectives.  His research has received more than $10M in funding from organizations like The National Institutes of health, Facebook, and Intel, and well as leading hospitals.

Topics Dr. Young will address include:

  • The Forces Behind Lasting Change
  • Building Stepladders of Incremental Change
  • What the “Common Wisdom” that Creating New Habits Dead Wrong
  • Neurohacks and Mental Shortcuts to Accelerate Beneficial Change
  • How to Get Your Brain on Your Side so Change is Easier

Dr. Young’s National Best-Selling book, Stick With It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life–For Good is available now on Amazon.

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Under 100K Film Blueprint: Step-by-Step Guide and Video Workshop Covering Funding, Developing, Producing & Profitably Distributing a Film

Click here to get the blueprint for funding, developing, producing & distributing a feature film or documentary swiftly, safely, and profitably.

You receive multiple printable, workbooks to help you design, develop, fund, and produce your project and 10+ Hours of Video with expert advice, tips, tricks, and traps to avoid. Follow this blueprint to learn how to build your projects swiftly, safely, and profitably.

You will learn:

  • How to write or buy a good screenplay that you can produce within your budget.
  • How to swiftly, accurately and usefully storyboard your project so you can significantly reduce your production costs through stock footage, “found footage,” and other techniques.
  • How to cast your project with talented actors and actresses at prices you can afford and on terms you can live with while not breaking the law.
  • How to budget your project’s shoot days using breakdown sheets and day-out-of-day schedules.
  • How to find local, high value, locations you can shoot at cheaply.
    Acquiring a skilled camera and lighting crew on terms you can afford.
  • Setting up your production company, acquiring production, liability, and other insurance at rates you can afford.
  • Insuring you own the rights to the film you shoot so you can sell it to others.
  • How to guarantee release for your film on Amazon and possibly Hulu, Netflix, cable pay per view, etc.
  • How to market your film swiftly and profitably to the people who want it most.
  • How to fund your project through credit, loans, investment and crowdfunding.
  • How to work with investors and how that changes your costs.
  • What to do with extra money if you happen to have it.
  • Fundamentals of contract law.
  • Intellectual property right fundamentals every producer needs to know.
  • And specific techniques for designing, developing, budgeting, and producing a documentary swiftly.

If you are looking for a practical, step-by-step, rational guide to producing an ultra low budget film swiftly and safely which has the maximum probability of being profitable, you’ll find this guide very useful.

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NancyFultonMeetups Justin Sterling Contract Fundamentals

Contract Fundamentals for Filmmakers & Other Media Pros featuring Attorney Justin Sterling #Filmschool for #Filmmakers

In this in-depth video Justin Sterling provides a comprehensive introduction to contract fundamentals for those working in media and the entertainment industry.  You can watch the video now at

If you are a writer, producer, or actor this is a critical video for you to watch. It will help you:

  • Avoid making contracts by accident that give other people control of your projects by accident
  • Avoid unwanted legal entanglements that give people rights to your work and the income it produces that can’t be terminated even when they don’t make good on their commitments.
  • What to do when people change the terms of a deal at the last minute and you have no option but to accept those terms.
  • Understand the elements of a contract and when a contract exists between two people even when it hasn’t been written down and signed by both parties.
  • Know when you absolutely must bring a lawyer on board to help you create an agreement with a co-writer, co-producer, contractors, employees, etc.

This primer for media makers is not a replacement for working with a lawyer to make good agreements and it should not be relied upon for legal advice.

But it is a very good introduction to principles you should know if you are writing, publishing, producing, or working for others in the entertainment industry as a contractor of service provider.

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