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Mark Litwak is an entertainment attorney based in Beverly Hills, California. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property, and book publishing. As a Producer’s Representative, he assists filmmakers in arranging financing, marketing and distribution of their films. His filmmaker clients have had award winning films in Cannes, Toronto, Telluride and other festivals.
The firm has represented filmmakers who have produced award-winning films such as Prisoner of the Mountain (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes), To End All Wars (Telluride, Toronto), Hustle & Flow (Audience Award, Sundance), and winners of top prize at the Hampton’s International Film Festival (Unconditional Love, Mugshot, and Screen Door Jesus), and DeNadie (winner World Cinema Documentary Audience Award, Sundance 2006). During Sundance 2005, three clients had films acquired for distribution: Hustle & Flow, which won the Audience Award; The Matador and Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School. Five clients had films exhibited during Sundance 2007 (Black Snake Moan, The Ten, Padre Nuestro, Expired and Fido).
Litwak is the author of six books: Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood (William Morrow, 1986), Courtroom Crusaders (William Morrow, 1989), Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 3rd. Ed. 2009)(winner of the 1996 Krazna-Kranz award for best book in the world on the film business), Contracts for the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 3rd Ed. 2012), Litwak's Multimedia Producer's Handbook (Silman-James Press, 1998) and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film (2nd Ed. 2009).
He has contributed articles for The Los Angeles Times, The Business of Film, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker and The Independent. He is the creator of the popular CD-ROM program Movie Magic Contracts.
Mark Litwak earned a B.A. and M.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of San Diego School Of Law. Mr. Litwak has been a lawyer since 1977. After graduation he was admitted to the bars in New York, California and Washington D.C. His practice today is based in Beverly Hills, California. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2012.
As a law professor he has taught such subjects as entertainment law, copyright, torts and worker’s compensation at such institutions as U.S.C. Gould School of Law, Loyola Law School and the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He has taught entertainment law courses at U.C.L.A. extension for more than 20 years. Litwak has lectured for continuing legal educations programs of the American Bar Association as well as programs offered by the California and Texas state bar associations. A frequent speaker, he has presented seminars across the United States, and in England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada including lectures at the American Film Institute, Harvard, Columbia, N.Y.U, the University of British Columbia and the Royal College of Art in London.
Litwak has represented clients in entertainment industry arbitrations. He also serves as an arbitrator on the AAA and IFTA entertainment panels. He has completed several AAA commercial arbitrator training workshops.
His background also includes stints as a television journalist, writing and producing news segments for Telepictures, and as a television producer, with Marble Arch Productions. He is a former Vice President and General Counsel for Dorason, a merchant banking and communications company. Litwak has packaged movie projects and served as executive producer on such feature films as "The Proposal," "Out Of Line" and "Pressure." He has provided legal services or worked as a rep on more than 200 motion pictures.
Litwak has been interviewed on more than 100 television and radio shows including ABC News, "The Larry King Show," National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and CNN. He has been the subject of articles in California Law Business, Australian Lawyer and L.A. Weekly. He is the creator of the Magellan 4 Star site, Entertainment Law Resources, at www.marklitwak.com.
Litwak was featured in a 2006 article in Southern California Super Lawyersmagazine.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Attorneys||Los Angeles Magazine||2013|
|Southern California Superlawyers||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Southern California Superlawyers||Superlawyers||2007|
|Southern California Superlawyers||Superlawyers||2006|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Adjunct Professor||U.S.C. Gould School of Law||2013 - Present|
|Principal||Law Offices of Mark Litwak & Associates||1977 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||U.C.L.A. Extension||1986 - 2013|
|Los Angeles Daily Journal||Midnight in Mississippi William Faulkner v. Sony Pictures||2013|
|Independent Film Project||Trouble from People Portrayed in Your Work, Part II||2013|
|Independent Film Project||The trouble from people portrayed in your work||2013|
|Independent Feature Project||Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Public Domain||2013|
|Independent Feature Project||Hobbit Titles: An Unexpected Journey in Confusion||2013|
|Book||Contracts for the Film and Television Industry (3rd Edition)||2012|
|Book||Dealmaking for the Film and Television Industry (3rd Edition)||2009|
|Focus In||When Changing Names is not enough||2005|
|University of San Diego School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|City University of New York, Queens College||Urban Studies||M.A.||1974|
|City University of New York, Queens College||Social Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1973|
|Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Seminar||Self Defense for Writers and Filmmakers||2013|
|California Lawyers for the Arts||Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Films||2012|
|2012 New Zealand Production Conference||Distributing Independent Film||2012|
|Filmnut Television show||Entertainment Attorney Mark Litwak||2011|
|U.C.L.A. Extensino||Risky Business||2010|
|State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law Section||INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA||2008|
|NALIP Producer's Conference||PITCHING, FINANCING AND DISTRIBUTING FILMS||2005|