Many of the experts I’ve interviewed have offered to make themselves available to my members to provide support and advice. None work for free but their consulting rates are reasonable and they will respond to short, polite, emails asking for advice and rates. Always provide your phone number. I get no kickback or revenue share for providing referrals. Always remember that the entertainment industry is a very small town and people remember you and how you behave. So it’s always in your business interest to be polite, professional, well-informed. Remember you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org if you run into any trouble.
Expert Line Producer & Production Advisor: Christina Jo’Leigh (email@example.com)
Christina Jo’Leigh is an award-winning producer and member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Business Administration and practiced in law for 14 years in Phoenix, Arizona, as a certified paralegal focusing on civil litigation, corporate transactions, board governance, intellectual property, and entertainment law. She began her entertainment career as an actress and voiceover artist, learning the industry from the inside out. In 2009, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue producing and other creative opportunities. Since that time, she has produced over 60 independent projects, including several feature films, commercials, music videos, and nearly 300 television episodes. On-screen she performed in a number of productions in film, theater, commercial, and print, and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-Aftra).
Producer | Line Producer | Director of Bus. & Legal Affairs Cinematic Artistry 2009 – Present (7 years)Los Angeles, CA
Managed over 60 projects from concept to delivery Feature Films, Television, Commercials, Music Videos.
Legal and Business matters: Corporate formation; copyrights; transactional contracts required from development to distribution including literary acquisition, investor agreements, clearances and releases, permits and licensing, insurance, tax incentives and worldwide distribution deals; liaison for labor unions and government agencies.
Production matters: Secure literary material and funding; script development; budgeting; scheduling; negotiating; line producing; cash flow mgmt; accounts payable and receivable; secure talent, crew, assets, locations; product placement/branding; on-set oversight and management; post-production and deliverables supervision.
Contracts & Litigation Specialist Business and Legal Affairs
1995 – Present (21 years) Legal experience:
• intellectual property
• entertainment law
• legislative/political matters
• civil litigation
• board governance and corporate matters