Film Panel: Sabatine Entertainment Law



Completing a film requires hard work, creativity, and never-ending money-raising efforts. But what happens next? This panel of experts will help filmmakers understand their options. Should they secure a distributor and what does that mean? What are the advantages and disadvantages of filmmakers working the film festival circuit and what legal rights do filmmakers maintain? This and more will be addressed during this program of particular interest to filmmakers and fans of filmmaking.   
$25/$20 members/$90 for attorneys seeking to earn 2 CLE credits.
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Cate Sabatine - Moderator
Cate Sabatine is the co-chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Law Executive Committee. Before landing her current role as the Associate General Counsel for an Indianapolis-based health care company, Cate worked in private practice representing and advising clients in the areas of business transactions, internet, copyright, and trademark law, and issues related to offering contests, sweepstakes and promotions.

Angelo Pizzo
An Indiana native, Angelo Pizzo is a Hollywood screenwriter, producer, and director best known for "Hoosiers" (1986), "Rudy" (1993), and "My All-American" (2015). Pizzo began is career as a writer and producer at Warner Brothers Television. He went on to work for Time Life Films, where he became vice president of feature film production, before leaving to pursue independent film. Angelo Pizzo currently sits on the Heartland Film Board of Directors.
Ron Elberger
Ron Elberger is a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans and chair of the Sports, Entertainment and Media Group. He is also a member and former chair of the Litigation Group, and a member of the Appellate Group and Health Group. He practices in the areas of litigation, constitutional/civil rights law, entertainment law, sports law, appellate law and professional responsibility/disciplinary law. Mr. Elberger is a ten year distinguished advisor to and former nine year member of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Marc Halperin
A veteran marketing and distribution strategist to the entertainment community. Marc has gained fame for his golden touch in the arena of acquiring and distributing many academy award winning films. Marc's expertise extends from the acquisition and production to the selection of individual theatres and marketing campaigns. Marc has a lifetime commitment to independent cinema. Marc is a one stop shop, coordinating and consulting on every aspect of feature and documentary films creating plans for Production, marketing, distribution and PR campaigns. Marc has consulted for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Image Entertainment, Palm Pictures and worked as a senior executive at Universal, Embassy, Cineplex Odeon, New Line Cinema and Miramax Films. Marc began his theatrical film career at Warner Bros. and within three years was running the Boston Branch for Embassy Pictures. Marc has worked on the acquisition , distribution, production and marketing of such diverse films  as “sex, lies and videotape” “Reservoir Dogs,” “My Left Foot,” “The Grifters,” “The Crying Game,” “Shine,” “Saving Grace,” “Dancer In the Dark,” “Scanners” “Evil Aliens,” “Sex and Lucia,” “Splinter,”"Repo-Man," “The Snitch Cartel,” “Hell-raiser 3,”"Truth or Dare," “Deconstructing Harry,” “Hoop Dreams” and “Paris Is Burning,” "State and Main" and hundreds of others.


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