Film Development to Distribution: Legal and Business Pitfalls to Avoid
Naval Heritage Center: Burke Theater
Washington, DC
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Film Development to Distribution: Legal and Business Pitfalls to Avoid
Film Development to Distribution Legal and Business Pitfalls to Avoid

Hal "Corky" Kessler has extensive entertainment law, corporate and worldwide entertainment industry experience and has authored a reference book covering federal and state tax incentives. The industry trades have written that what Corky has set up through Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered is a one stop shop firm for the entertainment industry. In 2016, Corky was named the top entertainment lawyer in the United States.  He has successfully worked with Governors and US Congressmen in several states to implement new laws and federal tax incentives for investment in qualifying film and television projects, which led to Section 181 and Section 199 of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.  Corky has also been actively involved in the application of the new incentives for film, television and theater which is part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law December 2017 and becomes active in January 2018 for a five year period.  

Corky is active in establishing and advising various film funds and film funding sources in North America, and is expanding internationally. In October 2012, Corky signed a Memorandum of Understanding with private investors from China for a $200 million co-production deal with the US.  Corky has represented several authors to  negotiate publishing deals and has developed, packaged and executive produced numerous feature films, theater and television projects, including The Sum of Us starring Russell Crowe;  Certifiably Jonathan, starring Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Rob Reiner, Jim Carrey, Sara Silverman and others; Finding North: Wendy McKenna, John Benjamin Hickey and Wild Things with Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell.


Naval Heritage Center: Burke Theater (View)
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
United States


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