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.


Instructor: mitch semel

Mitch Semel teaches WPT 643 (Intellectual Property & Cutting the Deal). As a producer and executive he creates, launches, and manages new video networks, programs, and apps featuring news, information, talk, comedy, drama, and variety content. He currently runs Katie Couric Media and was previously Executive Editor of HuffPost Live and General Manager of The Onion. He has developed, produced, and overseen programming for CBS, NBC, Comedy Central, CNN, PBS, and many other broadcast and cable networks, including series and specials starring Bill Maher, Richard Dreyfuss, David Letterman, Howard Stern, Al Franken, Conan O’Brien, Greg Kinnear, Campbell Brown, D.L Hughley, and Gayle King, among others. He has expanded content offerings and new distribution platforms for numerous broadcast, digital, mobile, and international clients, including the US Department of Defense, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, AccuWeather, Virgin Mobile, Imedi TV (Republic of Georgia), Classic Media, Radio City Rockettes (Madison Square Garden Entertainment), The Hallmark Channel, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, SAP, and Avidyne.