RIGHTS 2017

Sessions designed primarily for rights managers/directors and others licensing foreign and domestic subsidiary rights, as well as contracts and permissions staff. 

After a two-year hiatus, the 2017 Rights sessions will focus on topics of greatest interest to the core rights community.  We will explore whether to export or license English editions, tips for licensing digital rights, how to build an effective rights department and, back by popular demand, strategic intelligence on specific foreign language markets.  Many of our sessions will explore how to adapt to the future.  Each session will be crafted to provide practical information to improve the effectiveness of your house's licensing efforts. 


Author
Sam Curphey

Entertainment Law Attorney

Licensing Motion Picture Rights to Books

Sam Curphey is an attorney with a solo practice in entertainment law. He represents rights holders, producers, writers, directors, actors and new media talent in a variety of matters running the gamut from film finance to distribution deals.

Sam prides himself on the breadth of scope in his practice and especially his work in independent film. His experience includes: drafting and negotiating option purchase agreements with authors and publishers for motion picture and television rights; drafting PPMs and advising producers on securities law compliance; providing production legal services on feature and documentary films and new media productions; completing rights acquisition agreements for film and television; and negotiating sales agent and distribution deals. Sample projects he has provided legal services in connection with include the following: Moms Night Out, Woodlawn, Beyond the Mask, Four Blood Moons, The Drop Box, Ragamuffin, The Hollywood Shorties, The River Thief, and The Dude Perfect Show.

Sam serves on the board of Director’s for Act One, a non-profit dedicating to cultivating the craft of Christian storytellers, and speaks at Azusa Pacifica and Biola on the topic of entertainment law. In addition to loving his job and his messy industry, Sam is blessed to live in Pasadena, CA with his wife of 12 years, Mary, and their 4 children: Bridget (8.5 going on 17), Charley (5 going on 3), Josephine (actually 3) and John (1.5 and named after the beloved Apostle).

Author
Robert Downs

Director of Licensing & Subsidiary Rights,
HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Export vs. Licensing Models and the Future of Foreign Editions

This session will provide a brief overview and assessment of the traditional options available for foreign editions and then explore innovations in this area. We will assess the benefits and drawbacks in exporting vs. licensing from a financial and ministry perspective. Then, we will consider are these the only options? Is there a new model that could work through either channel? We will explore each model through real life examples brought from both the Licensing and the Export divisions. Welcome to the new world of Licensing.

Author
Marcos Simas

Acquisition Editor, Managing
Editor, and Consultant

Market Reports: South Korea and Brazil

Korean and Portuguese often appear in the top five languages for publishers licensing translation rights. South Korea has the largest Christian population by percentage of all the countries in Asia with Christians comprising 29% of South Korea’s population. In Brazil, Christians make up 22% of the population. Yet both countries face challenges that are impacting the market for Christian books. What do rights managers need to know as we work with publishers in these markets? Join us to learn recent information about these key markets from respected industry professionals.

Marcos Simas will share a market report on Christian publishing in Brazil. As a 25-year veteran of the Brazilian publishing industry, Marcos has acquired Portuguese rights for over 500 titles for major general trade and Christian publishers in Brazil. He has served as both Acquisition Editor and Managing Editor on key books and Bible projects for several major publishers and also as an editorial consultant for both Christian and general trade publishers who want to acquire rights to translate into the Portuguese language from the American market. He currently works for Thomas Nelson Brazil, Geográfica Editora and Editora Planeta. Marcos is currently studying towards a Ph.D. in the field of Religious Studies.

(We’re finalizing the presenter for South Korea and will update soon.)

Author
Nadiyka Gerbish

Author, Translator,
and Rights Manager

Market Reports: Ukraine and Russia

Nadiyka Gerbish is a bestselling and award-winning Ukrainian author of children’s books, inspirational short stories, and Christian non-fiction. She is also a translator of numerous high-profile titles (English to Ukrainian) such as Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson; Decision Points, by George W. Bush; Psychology & Christianity: Five Views, ed. by Eric L. Johnson; On the Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, by Gary Chapman; Developing the Leader Within You, by John Maxwell; Once an Arafat Man, by Tass Saada with Dean Merrill, and others. Nadiyka has an MA degree in English Language and Literature (Kyiv National Linguistic University, Ukraine), and an MA in American Studies and Mass Media (University of Lodz, Poland). Nadiyka’s journey in the publishing world began more than a decade ago when as a student of English Language and World Literature, she started contributing to major national Ukrainian newspapers as a journalist and a book reviewer. She also worked as an editor-in-chief of a Christian publishing house and taught college-level courses on PR in Publishing in Ukraine. Her photography has been used in book illustrations produced by European, American, and Canadian publishers. Nadiyka will join the team at Riggins International Rights Services as Eastern European Rights Manager in September 2017.

Author
Jim Baird

B&H/Wordsearch

Author
Dwayne Ewers

B&H/Wordsearch

Digital Rights Licensing Models and the Future of e-Learning

 

Check back for more updates...

Brain Trust Leads

Team Member

Brian Flagler

Founder and Principal, 
Flagler Law Group

Team Member

Ellen Hsu

Senior Rights and Contracts Manager, 
InterVarsity Press

Team Member

Cindy Riggins

President, Riggins International
Rights Services

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