The Firm's Entertainment Law Practice
The Firm’s diverse entertainment law practice is well established through our representation of high-profile clients in negotiations, complex business transactions, and high stakes litigation. The Firm is sensitive to the unique needs of the entertainment industry community while providing aggressive and effective advocacy in court when necessary. Our transactional and litigation departments work very closely together to provide the integrated services our entertainment industry clients require to achieve the best possible result.
The Firm’s partners have represented well known recording industry personalities, including Frank Sinatra in a number of litigation matters; Warner/Elektra/Asylum Records in massive antitrust litigation against independent record promoters, including Joseph Isgro; a recent multi-million dollar dispute between shareholders and principal directors that involved major recording industry labels, including Virgin Records; numerous film production companies, including Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Lorimar Productions, Sony/Tristar Productions, New World Entertainment, Reeves Entertainment, Marvel Productions, and Fries Entertainment, in copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and other types of intellectual property litigation; professional and internationally acclaimed athletes, in litigation related to misappropriation of name and likeness, and as well in connection with legal issues arising in connection with competitive activities; a major production company in litigation with Michael Jackson and the Jackson family; and numerous best selling writers and television personalities.
Partners of the Firm also spent years representing Las Vegas Casinos, including the Aladdin Hotel, the Stardust Hotel, the Royal Americana Hotel, the Fremont Hotel and the Sundance Hotel and Casino, both with respect to tax licensing matters as well as all aspects of labor and employment law.
Most recently, the Firm serves as counsel to a new feature film and television production studio, a related television network and distribution company, as well as several independent television and video production and distribution groups. Partners of the Firm also served as liaison to the California Film Commission, the major Hollywood studios and talent agencies, and to the cable and digital media industries on behalf of the Governor of the State of California.
The Firm is well versed in the newest legal developments in the entertainment industry, including the formation and management of film funds; bridge, gap, and super gap financing; the protection of intellectual property from online and other piracy; economic and labor policy as it relates to the flight of production; and land-use, regulatory, and environmental restraints to the development of new production facilities.