Thomas D. Selz is a founding partner of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz focusing on entertainment law, copyright and trademark counseling, and motion picture, television, new media and publishing matters.
In addition to transactional work from development through production and distribution, Mr. Selz focuses on mergers and acquisitions, secured transactions, private placements and public offerings, and other complex corporate work involving entertainment industry and intellectual property assets.
For more than three decades, Mr. Selz has also helped structure international tax-advantaged financing for motion picture and television productions. Working with local counsel, Mr. Selz helped devise financing structures that are now used throughout the industry to permit clients to overcome substantial regulatory and business risks to be able to draw on funds from Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Germany and Hungary. He co-authored the U.S. Incentives chapter of the Film Finance Handbook: How to Fund Your Film (Netribution, 2007) and has recently been appointed to the Cayman Islands Film Commission Advisory Board.
Mr. Selz is also co-author of the Entertainment Law Treatise, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions, Shepard's/ McGraw-Hill, 1983-2008, and was co-author of Entertainment Law, Casebook, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions, Lexis/Nexis, 1984, 1997, 2003. Mr. Selz is Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School (1998-present), and prior to that he was Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law (1977-1993). He is a member of the New York City Bar (Member, Copyright Committee, 1978-1981) and the American Bar Association (Member: Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law; Entertainment and Sports Industries Forum Committee, 1979-Present). Mr. Selz was a director of the Independent Feature Project (1986 - 2001), and served as General Counsel to the organization (1986-2008).
Mr. Selz was recently recognized by New York Magazine as one of the New York area’s best entertainment lawyers, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than ten years. He is recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the nation’s top copyright lawyers, and was named a New York-area “Super Lawyer” for Entertainment work by Law and Politics magazine for seven consecutive years. He has been quoted in Bloomberg on the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action settlement, and in Financial Times on TiVo’s plan to allow customers to transfer television programs to Apple’s iPod. He was also quoted in The New York Times and other publications on the posting to the Internet of “Gone With the Wind” by the Australian affiliate of Project Gutenberg in violation of U.S. copyright law.
Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Selz worked in the entertainment department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and was associated for three years with Emil, Kobrin, Klein & Garbus. He is a graduate of Cornell University (BA, 1968) and Yale University (JD, 1971).