Entertainment Law and Litigation
Our entertainment litigation practice encompasses copyright and trademark controversies, talent compensation, credit, royalty and residual disputes, disputes between talent and their representation, talent employment issues, new media issues, and virtually any other case or controversy arising within the entertainment industry. We have a thriving and growing transactional entertainment practice consisting of deals in the motion picture, television, and music industries.
In film and television, our attorneys negotiate development and production deals (including rights agreements, literary options, purchase agreements, life-story rights agreements, and agreements for actors, writers, directors, and producers); sales and distribution agreements; advertising and promotion; and licensing and merchandising.
In music, we have represented clients in recording agreements, producer agreements, engineer agreements, music publishing deals, motion picture composer agreements, and touring agreements.
We represent entertainment industry entrepreneurs and business entities: motion picture production companies, producers, talent managers, talent agents, post-production houses, independent record labels, recording studios, and above-the-line and below-the-line talent such as actors, writers, composers, directors, editors, technicians, and musicians.
Served as producer’s representative and production counsel on three independent feature films.
- Negotiated agreements for screenwriters, directors, actors, and composers on numerous independent and studio feature films.
Negotiated talent manager agreements and talent agent agreements on behalf of both managers and performers.
Negotiated four tour agreements involving large rock tours that included stadium and arena venues.
Negotiated numerous recording, producer, and engineer agreements with both major and independent record labels.