Richard Hofstetter is a partner and co-chairman of the firm's Entertainment Group. With over 30 years experience as a lawyer for the development, production, and exploitation of intellectual property in all media, and its licensing and merchandising, he offers legal expertise combined with a sound understanding of the business realities that impact entertainment clients and matters.
Mr. Hofstetter’s practice has particular emphasis in the television media. He represents producers and production companies, performers, writers, and creative talent for dramatic and “reality” programs, news, and sports. He represents major distribution companies and television networks (both domestic and international), as well as executives in television and other media. His expertise encompasses all aspects of the television industry, including programming for distribution for network television, syndication, cable, digital platforms, public television, animation, children's programming, format sales, international production and distribution, and advertiser and brand integration in the production, broadcast, and promotion of programming.
Mr. Hofstetter has been recognized by New York Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in entertainment law; in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a top-rated lawyer in media and entertainment; in The Legal 500 as a leading media and technology industry lawyer; and by The New York Times Magazine as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of entertainment and sports.
Mr. Hofstetter served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University. He is counsel to the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the International Radio and Television Society, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the New York Television Festival Executive Board, and the American Bar Association (Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law, Entertainment and Sports Industries Forum Committee).
Mr. Hofstetter is a graduate of Clark University (BA, 1974) and Rutgers University School of Law (JD, 1979) where he was an editor of the Law Review.