Film Courage: Gary, you’re a former attorney turned Hollywood producer (criminal defense attorney) correct?
Gary Goldstein: Correct.
Film Courage: Okay. I’m sure you’ve seen some good sides of people and maybe some not so good sides. From what you’ve seen, how true is it that screenplays are stolen, that ideas are stolen or ideas really can’t be stolen?
Gary: Well, I wouldn’t go so far as saying ideas cannot be stolen but in my experience it’s extraordinarily rare. I see a lot of writers very concerned about it and my advice to them is by all means protect your work. Your IP needs to be protected. You’ve worked hard so at a minimum you want to put a…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Gary W. Goldstein has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits (Pretty Woman, Under Siege, The Mothman Prophecies and more), generating well over One Billion Dollars in worldwide revenue, receiving multiple Academy Award nominations, People’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe and other honors. Before moving to Los Angeles, Gary practiced as an attorney in San Francisco. He later served as president of two divisions of IAM.com, an internet entertainment company successfully funded at $50MM. Gary’s passion as a storyteller goes beyond producing the work of gifted screenwriters. He’s committed to sharing with everyone who desires real success and enduring careers as a creative professional his smart, simple strategies that magically transform talent into business success more rapidly and with greater ease. Gary’s spoken at TEDx La Jolla, been published by the Huffington Post, and was a contributing author for the Napoleon Hill Foundation’s newest publication “Stickability”. Gary also regularly speaks to creative audiences and has given talks at American Film Institute, UCLA, Emerson College, De Anza College, the Dallas Screenwriters Association, the Great American Pitchfest and beyond. Gary’s latest endeavor includes CreativeEdge.com where he helps creative professionals have their voices heard, their stories told, and to turn their talents into a career.
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