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ALL Workshops are FREE and located at Nassau County Public Library @ 25 N 4th St, Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 530-6500
Tosha Hawkins
Saturday 9/22/18 @ 10 am

Workshop Itinerary

 Discuss the responsibilities of a payroll accountant.

 Discuss the difference between a feature film and episodics.

 Explain the importance of a budget and what it entails.

 Discuss the breakdown of timecards, and a day to day process of payroll.

 Discuss the various payroll services.

 Discuss how to obtain a job as a payroll accountant.

Tosha Hawkins has been in the film industry for 15 years. After
temporarily retiring in 2005, she still works freelance when she
can, as well as do consulting. Ms. Hawkins has worked as a
Payroll Accountant on both episodic film such as Spin City,
Rescue Me, Law and Order, Sex in the City, and the Sopranos. She
has also done feature films such as Boiler Room, Stuart Little Two,
and Day After Tomorrow, just to name a few.

"Thinking about Producing a

Movie? Get Your Legal Ducks in a Row First! 


Carolyn Herman, Entertainment Attorney

Saturday 9/22/18 @ 11:30 am

During this workshop, Ms. Herman will discuss those legal issues which she has found to be the most difficult for independent filmmakers to grasp and accept as necessary to produce a problem-free film. And the first one? Get everything in writing before you start because when it comes to the entertainment industry, no one is your best friend!    (Saturday, 9/22/18 at the Public Library)

Carolyn Herman is the sole member of the Jacksonville Beach, FL law firm, Carolyn Herman, PLLC, where she has practiced for almost twenty-five years exclusively in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, and small business law. Her clients include film producers, actors, screenwriters, crew, musicians, songwriters, record labels, music publishers, authors, illustrators, and visual artists. She is currently a member of the Mayor’s Film Advisory Board (City of Jacksonville), the American Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Forum, the Florida Bar’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL), Film Florida, Women in Film and Television (Jacksonville Section), Jacksonville Women’s Network (Chair, Legal Section) and the Jacksonville Beaches Bar Association. She is a former Chair of EASL and continued to serve on its Executive Council for over sixteen years.

Ms. Herman is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S.), Fordham Law School (J.D.) and George Washington University National Law Center (LL.M. - Administrative Law and Economic Regulation) and is admitted to practice before the state and federal bars of New York and Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, she had been a commercial litigator and an Administrative Law Judge in her native City of New York. While still maintaining her practice, Ms. Herman was a Professor of Professional Skills at Florida Coastal School of Law for fifteen years (ret. 2013), teaching on a regular
basis Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Survey, and Advanced Trademark and Copyright. Ms. Herman has spoken at numerous Entertainment Law Continuing Legal Education seminars and was the founder of the Independent Film & the Law
Seminar held in conjunction with the Jacksonville Film Festival. She also is a pro bono mediator for the Fourth Circuit Small Claims Mediation Program.




​John Boles

Saturday 9/22/18 @ 1 pm

Script Coverage—what is it and why do you need it? Professional coverage can be a valuable tool for screenwriters, agents, studio executives, producers, and directors alike. First, having an independent reader assess the strengths, weaknesses, and marketability of a screenplay can pinpoint areas of the script that need work. This offers a writer the opportunity to make improvements prior to marketing the script. Second, producers and directors are pitched many projects. Coverage reports save filmmakers a lot of time in deciding which scripts to consider and which to pass on. Third, screenwriters can use positive coverage reports as marketing tools when trying to convince agents and producers to read an entire script instead of just a logline, synopsis, or treatment.

This workshop will also include an in-depth discussion of the most common mistakes make by new screenwriters as well as how to avoid some of those pitfalls in your own work.  (Saturday, 9/22/18 at the Public Library)

John Boles is an award-winning writer and TV & film professional with more than thirty years of experience including work with Columbia Pictures Television in L.A. He has taught screenwriting, film, TV production, and creative writing courses at institutions such as Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida.

In addition to currently teaching at UNF, he works as a writing coach, freelance editor,
script doctor, and provides script coverage for screenwriters, analyzing their work and
assessing its potential for production.


John leads writing critique workshops and has mentored many screenwriters, novelists,and nonfiction authors. Dozens of the pieces fine-tuned in John’s workshops have won competitions, been published, or produced for the screen. He has also been a judge for screenwriting and creative writing competitions.