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Legal Issues in the Making of a Sports Documentary

Level: Beginner
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: June 19, 2020
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  • E&O Insurance
  • Development and Acquisition of Rights
  • Licenses for Materials Owned by Third Parties
  • People Appearing in the Documentary
  • Music
  • Agreements with Production Personnel
  • Distribution
Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Recorded: June 19, 2020


The panel will discuss the business and legal issues encountered when making a sports documentary. The discussion will include content, story, and life rights acquisition; releases for on-screen participants, images, and materials; production agreements for personnel; distribution and exhibition agreements; and rights clearances and fair use analysis.

This program was recorded on June 19th, 2020.

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Winnie Wong

Senior Vice President
Momentous Insurance Brokerage, Inc.

Winnie has been an entertainment insurance broker since 1985 and specializes in independent features, television, reality, documentary and commercial films. She has long-standing relationships with the leading entertainment insurance carriers and provides broad, cost-effective insurance programs for her clients. Winnie has represented a number of prestigious accounts such as MGM Studios, Universal Studios, and countless television, commercial and documentary production companies.

Winnie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Winnie is completely dedicated to educating her clients, and has taught entertainment insurance courses for UCLA Extension, International Documentary Association (IDA) and Film Independent (FIND) and has participated on panels for American Film Market, WestDOC and Slamdance. She wrote a weekly blog called, "Lights, Camera, Insurance" hosted by, has written articles for various film publications, including Documentary magazine, and authored a book titled, "Hollywood Studio Production Techniques" released in 2013. Winnie is a board member of the established Women in Film organization for the 2012-2015 term and a member of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Professional Advisory Network. In 2014, Winnie was named an Entertainment Power Broker by Risk & Insurance magazine.

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Jay Sharman

Co-Founder and CEO
TeamWorks Media

In 2000, he co-founded TeamWorks Media, predicated on the notion that purpose-driven organizations have the power to change both the world and their bottom lines through a well-told story. As technology evolved, Jay saw a marketplace need for both large-scale, emotionally engaging content and the ability to help clients get that work in front of the right people at the right time in the right place.

Jay is a leader in digital media property creation and creating content-driven solutions to change the trajectory of a client’s business. He is a regular on the content marketing speaking circuit including recent speeches at American Marketing Association (AMA) Non-Profit Summit, AMA Higher Ed Summit, Portada Sports Marketing Summit and Vistage (Worldwide Peer CEO Network) to name a few.

Jay has had the privilege of working with a wide range of clients at TeamWorks Media, including significant partnerships with ESPN, the Big Ten Conference, MLB, Comcast, Converse, Gatorade, Northwestern University, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Procter & Gamble and more.

He started his career as a sports television producer for Fox Sports Net and won an Emmy for his work covering the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls. A Rhode Island native, Jay lives in Lake Bluff with his wife Tanya and their three girls.

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Dan Satorius

Owner & Attorney
Satorius Law Firm, PC

Dan Satorius is an experience attorney whose practice focuses on rights clearances, transactions, distribution, and intellectual property in the entertainment business.

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