Casting Workbook, in partnership with Producer Essentials, is proud to offer a new 12 module video masterclass series for aspiring producers who are looking to take the next step & bring their creative project to life.

Producer Essentials: A Comprehensive Guide to Business Affairs and Production Law for Film & Television

$29 CAD

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For Aspiring Producers

Whether you’re an actor, director, writer, an aspiring business professional or a passionate creative interested in how the production industry works, this series will save you time and money. Producer Essentials: A Comprehensive Guide to Business Affairs and Production Law for Film & Television offers you the tools you need to effectively navigate the Film & TV production landscape and get your first project off the ground.

Learn from the very best

Developed and designed by top entertainment lawyers, Lori Massini & Heather Watt, Producer Essentials brings together current industry legal experts & business professionals to provide step-by-step instruction, essential information & firsthand experience into every video session.

Master Class Instruction

Through 12 video sessions across 16 hours of content, this self-paced course covers all aspects of producing a film or television production, from financing the project and post-production requirements to marketing and pitching your project to investors, festivals and distributors.

Producer Essentials - Business Affairs

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An Introduction to Business Affairs and the Role of Production Counsel

In this module Lauren O’Neil (Senior Counsel, Original Content, Apple) will look at the roles played by each, to give producers the tools they need for an efficient and effective working relationship with their Business Affairs and Production Legal Counsel team members.

Setting Up a Company

In this module Janice Wu (In-House Corporate Counsel) gives you “Businesses 101” and tells you everything you need to know about corporations, liability and setting up your own parent company or production company in BC.



Lauren O'Neil

Senior Counsel, Apple Original Content

Lauren serves as the legal affairs lead on original unscripted and kids & family programing for Apple TV+. Before joining Apple, Lauren served as Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at All3Media America and Senior Counsel for Business and Legal Affairs at DreamWorks Animation Television. Prior to that, Lauren lived and worked in New York City as Counsel and Assistant Vice President of SMBC Capital Markets, Inc., and as an Associate in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP.


Janice Wu

In-House Corporate Counsel

Janice Wu is a corporate and commercial lawyer based in Vancouver, Canada. She has extensive experience advising businesses on the full range of legal and commercial issues that arise in their daily operations. Janice routinely counsels clients on a wide range of transactions throughout the lifespan of a business, ranging from incorporations and corporate structuring to mergers and acquisitions. She currently serves on a municipal advisory board for the development, use, and promotion of four world-class theatres at the heart of Vancouver's entertainment scene. Prior to pursuing her legal career, she worked in development at Carnegie Hall in New York.