TV Series – From Concept to Sale

Aka Intellectual property and cutting the deal

The “property”—the script or the concept has been created, and there is someone or some entity actually interested in producing it. That means money will be changing hands and rights and ownership will have to be granted and retained. What rights? What ownership? Who gets what? This segment of the MFA is about those issues and self-defense.

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Kenneth LaZebnik is the Director of the MFA in Writing and Producing for Television Program Director. writes for television, film and the theatre.  He shares story credit with Garrison Keillor for director Robert Altman’s last film:  A Prairie Home Companion.  LaZebnik wrote the Lionsgate film Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage, released in 2008, starring Peter O’Toole and Marcia Gay Harden.

His television writing has ranged from over twenty scripts for Touched by An Angel, to writing for Army WivesProvidence, Star Trek: Enterprise, and the new series When Calls The Heart on the Hallmark Channel.

Ken is also the Founding Director of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Program, a Low Residency program based in Hollywood.