Entertainment Law Q&A

Thursday, July 22nd – 6:30pm

Whether we like it or not, contracts are part of being a professional screenwriter. But most of us don’t have an entertainment attorney on speed dial. Do you have a question you wish you could ask one? Here’s your chance!*

Matthew Dresden, Seattle-area Entertainment attorney, will sit down with members of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild to chat about legal concerns that relate to screenwriters.

Send your questions to events@nwsg.org by July 16th, but please generalize so everyone can benefit from the advice.
I will be writing a script with a partner. At what point should we sign an agreement?
A filmmaker wants to make a short I wrote. Should we put something in writing even if they are my friend?

Matthew will speak on screenwriting related topics he has experienced in his time as an entertainment attorney, followed with a Q&A.

This is a members-only event. There will be a wealth of information in this session but it will NOT be recorded so you must attend to benefit from it!

*The information provided during this event is intended as general information only. It does not establish an attorney-client relationship. This event is not a substitute for a private, independent consultation with an attorney who may provide personalized advice after a full investigation of the facts and law relevant to your matter. We will not be responsible for detrimental reliance upon the information relayed during this session.

Members check your July member-only newsletters for your registration link.


Matthew Dresden

Matthew advises a wide range of businesses on their corporate and transactional matters, with an emphasis on media and entertainment, international intellectual property, and cross-border work. Matthew provides finance, development, production, and distribution legal services for filmmakers and other creative artists, and has worked on behalf of film studios, cable channels, production companies, video game developers, magazines, restaurants, wineries, international design firms, product manufacturers, outsourcing companies, and computer hardware and software companies. Matthew is widely viewed as an expert in Chinese intellectual property law, and is regularly quoted in publications from the New York Times to The Economist to Variety.

Before attending law school, Matthew worked in Hollywood for eight years as an independent filmmaker, starting as a production executive for Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons Pictures. Before that, he was a computer science graduate student at Stanford University. He has also worked as a journalist, a transportation planner, a food critic, and a website designer.

Matthew serves on the board of Northwest Film Forum and is currently District 7N Governor for the Washington State Bar Association. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he teaches a clinic on legal issues for independent filmmakers. Previously, he served for 8 years on the board of the Washington State Bar Association’s International Practice Section, including a term as chair.

Matthew was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spends his free time watching movies, hiking, cooking spicy food, and relaxing with his wife and daughter.

Matthew Dresden – info


Questions? Email events@nwsg.org

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Jul 22 2021


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


FREE, members-only event


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