The ABCs of Film LLCs (May 2018)

This event took place on May 30, 2018

$25 Tuition
$15 for Members

Duration: 2h
Instructor: Shirley Roberson


This workshop explains the basic reasons filmmakers use LLCs to protect their personal and professional assets. We will examine the unique features of LLCs that make this business format a “must-have” for most filmmakers. We will instruct you on the proper ways to file an LLC with the Secretary of State, how to maintain the LLC in good standing, cover what’s changed for LLCs with the most recent tax reform, and provide an overview of optional materials that can help you manage your LLC effectively and efficiently. We also will share some fun stories about why you should involve an attorney sooner rather than later, and a list of topics you should discuss with an attorney while forming your LLC.

She condenses a large tangle of information into simple, decision-focused, understandable information.” – ABCs student

Shirley Roberson

Shirley Roberson

Shirley Roberson is Senior Associate at Hughes Media Law Group, PC, where she focuses on corporate transactions – including mergers & acquisitions, business financing, software licensing and distribution management, and business asset management. Shirley was a founding partner of Arrow Law Group, a Seattle-based firm focused on consumer and commercial bankruptcies. As the former in-house Programming Director for Wave Broadband®, she implemented a number of prototype corporate initiatives addressing HD and VOD programming during the initial roll-out of these technologies to the cable industry. Before trekking North to Seattle, Shirley enjoyed the L.A. sun and serving as a clerk, paralegal and, after passing the California bar exam, associate at a local firm representing some of the largest retail and commercial development projects in the Los Angeles area. Before attending Loyola Law School, she put her MBA to work as a communications manager for DIRECTV®, driving projects that introduced local satellite programming, international programming, VOD, geography-based sports broadcasting and DVR technology to DIRECTV’s U.S. and international customer base. Shirley also served as a litigation analyst with the NASD, now known as FINRA.

She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Davis, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Long Beach and her JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She serves Seattle’s local community in many ways, including as the former Secretary and current member of the Book-It Repertory Theatre Board of Directors; President of the Rain City Rock Camp Board of Directors; and as an Arts Fund Associate from 2009 to 2013.

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