Born in Israel, raised in Manhattan, and living in Los Angeles, Orly Ravid is the Founder of The Film Collaborative (TFC) and the Associate Dean of the Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School. She previously was an entertainment attorney at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (MSK) and then Senior Counsel at Tubi, and now has her own firm, Creative Arts Legal. Orly has over 20 years of experience in independent film as an acquisitions and business affairs executive, and her experience encompasses all aspects of distribution, domestic and international sales/licensing, development, production, grassroots marketing and festival programming.
Orly started doing and publicly speaking about VOD distribution and splitting rights in the early 2000s, and she launched TFC’s Digital Distribution Guide, which the organization still updates and offers for free today. Orly was a distribution executive at Senator Entertainment and Wolfe Releasing and served as a Programming Associate for documentaries at Sundance Film Festival and a programming consultant at Palm Springs International and the Middle East Film Festival.
A regular panelist, educator and blogger about digital distributing, splitting rights and distribution in general at film festivals worldwide, Orly has also contributed to Indiewire, Ted Hope’s blog “Truly Free Film,” TFC’s blog, and Sundance’s Artists Services, for which she was an advisor. She co-authored the book series Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul, contributed to How Not to Sign a Film Contract, and is a passionate advocate for filmmakers. More information and resources for filmmakers regarding distribution are available for no cost at TheFilmCollaborative.org.