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Practice Areas/Services: Film Law

Film Law involves several aspects of law including contract, employment, intellectual property law, and litigation. We stand ready to provide you with quality legal services if you are an actor, director, screenwriter, production company, financier or other.

Film and Television Production

A significant portion of the Firm's entertainment practice relates to film and television production work, including:
  • negotiating development/production agreements
  • creating production structures
  • negotiating option/acquisition agreements
  • coordinating with distributors, banks, financiers and completion guarantors
  • negotiating broadcast and cable television network license and production agreements
  • engaging writers, directors and producers
  • negotiating talent and crew engagements for live action, documentary and animated productions
  • monitoring clearance procedures
  • creating offshore tax structures
  • establishing and maintaining guild relationships
  • obtaining errors and omissions insurance
    Our attorneys take an active role in locating and negotiating distribution and financing arrangements and in assisting in the formation of business plans.

Film and Television Distribution

We also provide counsel to distributors of motion picture, television, video and ancillary productions, both in the United States and internationally. Clients include prominent video distribution and cable and Pay-Per-View Preview sales. Areas of representation include negotiating and documenting:

  • studio production/distribution transactions
  • negative pick-ups
  • network licenses
  • television syndication and barter transactions
  • foreign distribution and co-production agreements
  • pay television and home video licensing arrangements
  • multiparty financing/distribution transactions
  • cable channel ventures
  • print and advertising financing
  • engagement of foreign sales representatives
  • output and multi-picture transactions
  • rent-a-system transactions
  • acquisitions of motion picture and television program libraries

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