John W. Cones
Attorney At Law
|John Cones is a securities/entertainment attorney who has practiced in
Los Angeles and area for seventeen years advising independent feature
film producers and others on matters relating to investor financing of
feature film and other entertainment projects. He has prepared or
participated in the preparation of business plans and/or the required
securities disclosure documents, along with Blue Sky compliance for more
than 250 such offerings during his 18 year securities law career,
including public and private
production-money offerings for feature films, television pilots, documentaries, infomercials, live stage plays and Internet companies. Other such offerings have been conducted for development, packaging, completion
and distribution funding. In a broader sense, Mr. Cones also works with entrepreneurs on investor financing of business startups.
Mr. Cones has lectured more than 300 times to an aggregate audience of approximately 5,400 on topics relating to film finance and distribution for the American Film Institute, the UCLA graduate level Independent Producers Program, UCLA Extension, The USC Cinema/TV School, the USC Cinema/TV Alumni Association, IFP/West, American University (Washington, D.C.), the Nashville Bar Association, Cal Western School of Law, The University of Texas Entertainment Law Institute, North Carolina School of the Arts, California Lawyers for the Arts and other film industry organizations. He has also published several books and articles on those same topics including Film Finance and Distribution--A Dictionary of Terms, Film Industry Contracts, 43 Ways to Finance Your Film, The Feature Film Distribution Deal and How the Movie Wars Were Won. He also hosts a Q&A Internet site about investor financing of entertainment projects at http://www.mecfilms.com/guide4.htm and maintains a web site at http://www.mecfilms.com/coneslaw. He is a member of the California and Texas bar associations and the Independent Feature Project/LA. Mr. Cones resides in West Los Angeles, California.
He has also written a great article about
independent film organizations and who they help, titled
Entertainment AttorneysProducer Services
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