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Sandra Forman is a Boston based entertainment lawyer.

Sandra’s clients include filmmakers, directors, screenwriters, book authors, talent, distributors, and new media makers. Sandy’s primary focus is the representation of independent film and television producers with a specialty in documentary filmmaking. She provides consultation and legal support for her clients as they move through all phases of their projects, from financing and development through production and distribution. Sandy is committed to helping her clients protect their works and further their success at all stages of creation and exploitation.

entertainment lawyer in 3dBACKGROUND
Before starting her career as an entertainment lawyer in Boston, Sandra Forman worked at WGBH Public Television where she co-developed the Commercial Marketing Department and created ancillary distribution opportunities for WGBH programs worldwide. She later founded Forman Entertainment Group for the purpose of developing film and television projects and simultaneously became counsel to the Boston law firm of Budd, Wiley and Richlin.

In addition to her work as an entertainment lawyer, Sandy served for over 12 years as project director and legal counsel for the Eyes on the Prize Re-Release Project. Eyes on the Prize is the definitive documentary series on America’s Civil Rights Movement. In 2003, Sandy began to work with her client, Blackside, producer of Eyes on the Prize, to raise funds to clear the extensive rights in the series and prepare the 14 hours of programming for rebroadcast on PBS and distribution in the educational market. Her efforts resulted in major funding for the re-release of the series from the Ford Foundation, the Gilder Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In her role as project director, Sandra Forman managed all of the complex facets of this considerable endeavor and as the project’s lawyer, handled the legal contracts relating to rights renewal and distribution of the series.

the 50's filmmaker and an old filmmaking setPRACTICE AREAS
Sandra Forman offers experienced legal representation across a wide range of practice areas in the fields of entertainment and copyright law which include:

 Financing, production and distribution agreements in connection with film, television and new media projects and scripted and unscripted television series
 Production legal work
 Licensing deals with commercial and public television networks, studios, cable entities, and production and distribution companies
 Optioning of literary and life story rights
 Legal review of films and literary work to evaluate potential rights violations including invasion of privacy, defamation and copyright infringement
 Advising on copyright matters
 Rights clearances and licensing
 Fair use and first amendment analysis
 Writing opinion letters in support of errors and omissions insurance coverage
 Book publishing contracts
 Talent agreements
 Writer, producer and director agreements
 Collaboration and co-production agreements, domestic and foreign

 sandra forman entertainment lawyer speaker panelist on filmSPEAKER & PANELIST
Sandra Forman is a frequent guest speaker at universities, conferences, and media organizations. Sandy has been a panelist and conducted round table discussions and free legal clinics for such organizations and events as: Making Media Now Conference, Center for Independent Documentary, Women in Film & Video NE, the Vermont International Film Festival, the Maine Jewish Film Festival, the Boston Documentary Summit, Northampton Film Festival, Massachusetts Production Coalition, Woods Hole Film Festival, and Kopkind/CID Filmmakers Retreat Seminars.

Filmmakers Collaborative, Board of Directors
Women in Film and Video New England, Advisory Board
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of MA, Pro Bono Panel
Massachusetts Production Coalition, Consulting Attorney

old theatre bostonEDUCATION
University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A., Art History
Northeastern University Law School, Boston, J.D.

Telephone: 781-453-9887
Fax: 781-453-9897

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Law Office of Sandra Forman

1150 Great Plain Avenue, #920134
Needham, MA 02492

Entertainment Law Boston

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