Legal Insights for Filmmakers

All of this year’s workshops are free to attend, but registration is required; space is limited.
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For Filmmakers and Film Fans
Legal Insights for Filmmakers, an interactive workshop with entertainment and arts attorney Shelia Huggins and Beth Yerxa, executive director of Triangle ArtWorks

Saturday, May 13, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Demonstration Gallery (lobby level).


In this workshop, we’ll examine four of the top legal issues facing filmmakers in 2023. We’ll discuss legal protections and strategies that filmmakers can take. Plus, we’ll highlight the red flags that filmmakers need to watch out for. These four legal issues include the following: 1) contractual protections (morals clauses, force majeure, non-competes, and NDAs); 2) Federal Trade Commission disclosures, disclaimers, and notices; 3) defamation/portrayal in a false light; and 4) rights of publicity and privacy.

Shelia Huggins practices law in Durham, focusing primarily on business, contracts, arts and entertainment, social media, sports, and internet law. She serves on the Board of Visitors for North Carolina Central University School of Business and on the Board of Advisors for Alamance Community College Small Business Center. Shelia has taught business and entertainment law at North Carolina Central University’s law school, and she has spoken on topics such as film financing, independent contractor agreements, social media law, and employment law at workshops across the state.


Beth Yerxa is executive director of Triangle ArtWorks, a nonprofit that works with arts organizations, economic development agencies, and small businesses to ensure artists in the Triangle have resources they need, to thrive and to increase the visibility and power of the arts community as a business segment. Prior to helping found Triangle ArtWorks, Beth served on the Raleigh Arts Commission and was chair for an unprecedented three years; she is currently a member of the city of Durham’s Small Business Advisory Committee. She speaks frequently on the role and impact of the arts community as a vital business segment in the Triangle.



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