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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Malibu, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    West Hollywood, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Government Contracts Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Theater
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    West Hollywood, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    West Hollywood, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music International Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    West Hollywood, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Media Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    West Hollywood, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Sports Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    West Hollywood, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    West Hollywood, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    West Hollywood, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Arbitration Labor Law - Union Sports Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Century City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Entertainment and Sports Law Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law

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Practice Area Definition

Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Definition

With consumers seeking an ever-widening array of outlets for accessing entertainment, the motion picture and television industries face tremendous opportunities, driven by new technologies and evolving business relationships. The production, financing, licensing, and distribution of content have become increasingly complex and dynamic.

To take advantage of these opportunities, attorneys in this practice area help to structure, negotiate and execute a range of agreements for a wide variety of industry participants, including motion picture studios, cable and broadcast TV networks, device makers, financial institutions, and private investors that finance content development, and bond companies that insure content completion.

These transactions can include:
  • First-look agreements, rights acquisitions, and commission of productions.
  • Sponsorship and product-placement agreements.
  • Talent and other production-related agreements.
  • Financing transactions using entertainment- and media-related assets and revenue streams as collateral.
  • Syndication agreements, content-licensing agreements, and output and slate agreements.
  • Intellectual property protection is critical to the content business, and attorneys in the field regularly advise on trademark and copyright issues, registration, dispute resolution, and matters related to joint authorship, termination of licenses, and work-for-hire.
Media content carries with it particular risks of litigation, and to mitigate that risk, attorneys provide production and pre-broadcast review for defamation, copyright violation, and other issues, as well as offering chain-of-title clearance review. Among the most common actions against which TV and film companies must be defended with respect to their content are copyright infringement, theft-of-idea, misappropriation, defamation, and violation-of-privacy suits.

The television industry is subject to especially intense scrutiny by public watchdogs and regulators. FCC access, programming, and digital conversion regulations are all matters on which attorneys regularly provide counsel.

Attorneys in this practice area may also help investors evaluate rights and protect their investments in film- and television-related asset portfolios and, if necessary, establish an exit strategy for distressed holdings.
With consumers seeking an ever-widening array of outlets for accessing entertainment, the motion picture and television industries face tremendous opportunities, driven by new technologies and evolving business relationships. The production, financing, licensing, and distribution of content have become increasingly complex and dynamic.

To take advantage of these opportunities, attorneys in this practice area help to structure, negotiate and execute a range of agreements for a wide variety of industry participants, including motion picture studios, cable and broadcast TV networks, device makers, financial institutions, and private investors that finance content development, and bond companies that insure content completion.

These transactions can include:
  • First-look agreements, rights acquisitions, and commission of productions.
  • Sponsorship and product-placement agreements.
  • Talent and other production-related agreements.
  • Financing transactions using entertainment- and media-related assets and revenue streams as collateral.
  • Syndication agreements, content-licensing agreements, and output and slate agreements.
  • Intellectual property protection is critical to the content business, and attorneys in the field regularly advise on trademark and copyright issues, registration, dispute resolution, and matters related to joint authorship, termination of licenses, and work-for-hire.
Media content carries with it particular risks of litigation, and to mitigate that risk, attorneys provide production and pre-broadcast review for defamation, copyright violation, and other issues, as well as offering chain-of-title clearance review. Among the most common actions against which TV and film companies must be defended with respect to their content are copyright infringement, theft-of-idea, misappropriation, defamation, and violation-of-privacy suits.

The television industry is subject to especially intense scrutiny by public watchdogs and regulators. FCC access, programming, and digital conversion regulations are all matters on which attorneys regularly provide counsel.

Attorneys in this practice area may also help investors evaluate rights and protect their investments in film- and television-related asset portfolios and, if necessary, establish an exit strategy for distressed holdings.