The firm's practice focuses on the following areas:
General Entertainment and Sports Services:
Strategic and tactical legal counseling for entertainment and media clients. Counseling on sports industry collective bargaining and other agreements. Representation in negotiations and league/player organization proceedings. Negotiation of agent and manager agreements for athletes and entertainers, including licensing, sponsorship and endorsement agreements. Represent clients in federal and state court litigation matters. Also represent clients in Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings, either as neutrals or advocates, involving artistic, business, financial, intellectual property and interpersonal conflicts.
Entertainment & Media Finance Services:
Private equity and bridge-loan financing, securitizations, letters of credit, federal/state tax incentive credit and rebates for film, television, commercial and interactive videogame production financing, in the United States and internationally. Intercreditor, Interparty and Non-Disturbance agreements. Working with talent agents, accounting professionals and business managers on business, philanthropy and finance for individual and corporate clients, and assist with the creation of non-for-profit entities or relationships with other organizations to facilitate charitable contributions to productions. Film, television, music and other media library merger, acquisition/licensing, analysis of rights, structuring of deal-metrics, negotiation and purchasing/licensing terms.
Film, Television and Transmedia Production and Distribution Services:
Comprehensive suite of legal services related to production, distribution, marketing, talent and other agreements for film, theater, television, music, computer software and online website, and interactive game productions. Production, Co-Production, Producer's Representation, Actor, Director, Screenwriter single and Co-Author, Author, Management, Employment and Sales Agent agreements. Counseling on media industry union and guild agreements and representation in negotiations and proceedings. Optioning of literary property, life-story and other rights for film, television, transmedia and other purposes.
Intellectual Property Services:
Registration, Recordation, Prosecution and Protection, in litigation and administrative enforcement proceedings, of Copyrights and Trademarks in the United States and Internationally through our global network of national liaison counsel and representatives. Creation, recordation and assignment of "security interests" in intellectual property as well as licensing, merchandising and sponsorship agreements. Management of domestic and international trademark portfolios and assets. Rights chain-of-title research, analysis and intellectual property, defamation and other Clearances for works in all media. "Due Diligence" reviews of companies, libraries and other media assets as part of Intellectual Property Audits for clients.
General Finance Services:
General corporate and individual services, including working with clients to draft, negotiate and close the documentation of financial arrangements with third-parties. Individual and corporate client projects relating to entrepreneurial start-up capitalization and general financial requirements. Drafting "finder's fee" agreements and advising clients in respect to "registered broker-dealer" and FINRA federal, and also state, securities registration and compliance issues. Advising in respect to corporate financial transactions generally.
General Corporate Services:
Counseling on corporate entity selection and structuring as well as handling entity formation, including Secretary of State registration and administration. Creation and processing IRS and other state/regulatory tax-exemption approvals for not-for-profit legal entities. Advising on federal SEC and state securities, FTC trade practice and other regulatory statutes, rules and regulations including those governing Advertising, Sweepstakes and Promotions. Preparing and negotiating Letters of Intent and Memoranda of Understanding. Drafting and administering of Employment, Non-Disclosure, and Trade Secret Agreements to protect Intellectual Property Assets and other proprietary rights.