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USC Gould School of Law

Business Planning: Structuring and Financing a New Enterprise     LAW-627

Using the motion picture business as a proxy for any content producer or other startup business, this “hands on” course follows a running hypothetical through a series of real transactions involving the formation, structuring, financing and operation of a new independent motion picture production company. Like a real-life transactional attorney, business executive, or other key advisor, students will focus on the process of structuring, drafting, reviewing and negotiating the transactions and documents necessary to accomplish the formation and funding of the new company; students will examine each transaction from all sides and will also engage in “mock negotiations” of parts of some of the more important deals in class. While the drafting, analysis and negotiation exercises involve fact patterns drawn from motion picture business, all of the basic the issues, skills, legal and business principles and concepts presented in this course can be applied in any general corporate, media, entertainment or other business environment. This course qualifies as part of the approved curriculum toward a Business Law Certificate and the Media and Entertainment Law Certificate, and has been designed specifically for JD, JD/MBA and MBA candidates who are interested in pursuing leadership roles and professional transactional careers in business and in the entertainment/media world.

Units 3, 4
Grading Options Numeric Only
Exam Type In-class, Open-book Exam
Writing Requirement No
Skills/Experiential Requirement Yes
Enrollment Limit JD Only

Grading Options: vary with the professor

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