Richard B. Heller is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC and co-chairman of the firm's Entertainment Group. His practice focuses on motion pictures and television, new media, publishing, celebrity branding and intellectual property.
Mr. Heller's clients include on-screen talent, writers, producers, directors, production companies and distributors in the motion picture and television fields, as well as numerous foreign companies, charitable organizations and individuals doing business in the U.S. He handles independent film clients from acquisition of rights through financing, production and exploitation of projects.
For over twenty five years, Mr. Heller has also represented a wide range of best-selling authors as well as book and magazine publishers. Working extensively with prominent authors, doctors, journalists, designers and other celebrity clients, as well as global brands, Mr. Heller actively counsels his clients in managing their valuable intellectual property rights and implementing fully-coordinated strategies for exploiting motion picture, television, print, audio, electronic new media, merchandising, and other rights.
Mr. Heller is a member of the New York City Bar Association (Member, Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law, 1984-Present); and the American Bar Association (Member: Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law; Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, 1979-Present). He was Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Heller is admitted to practice in New York.
Mr. Heller is a graduate of Brown University (BA, 1974) and the New York University School of Law (JD, 1977).