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  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Advertising Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Entertainment Law - Theater Litigation - Intellectual Property Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Entertainment Law - Theater Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Advertising Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Trademark Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Theater Franchise Law Copyright Law Privacy and Data Security Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Music Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Technology Law Media Law Corporate Law Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Theater
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Theater
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law Media Law Litigation - Health Care Municipal Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Entertainment Law - Theater Health Care Law Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Education Law Mass Tort Litigation Entertainment Law - Music Transportation Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Theater
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Theater Litigation - First Amendment Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Theater Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Theater
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Construction Law Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation - Construction Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Media Law Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Music Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Media Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Venture Capital Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Labor and Employment Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Century City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment and Sports Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Entertainment and Sports Law Land Use and Zoning 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:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Entertainment and Sports Law Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor and Employment Law - Management Entertainment and Sports Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Energy Law Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Trusts and Estates Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor and Employment Law - Management Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Technology Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Corporate Law Intellectual Property Law Technology 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 Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Sherman Oaks, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law 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: 2022
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Law 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: 2022
  • 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
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Technology Law Entertainment and Sports Law Appellate Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Entertainment and Sports Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Entertainment and Sports Law Corporate Governance and Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Technology Law Intellectual Property Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Entertainment and Sports Law Labor and Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Commercial Litigation Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Entertainment and Sports Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • 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 Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation - Intellectual Property

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Practice Area Definition

Entertainment Law - Theater Definition

To appreciate theater law, contrast standard theatrical practice with movie industry practice. A movie producer acquires ownership of creative contributions on a buy-out basis and has the unfettered ability to revise. A theater producer acquires a license to produce a play for an agreed period and pays the playwright royalties that vary based on the success of the production. The play remains the playwright’s property, no changes may be made without the playwright’s approval, and the playwright has approval over key elements of the production. This creates a dynamic whereby neither the producer nor the author can dictate. For this reason, theatrical production often is referred to as a collaborative process.

Theater lawyers, representing producers, underlying rightsholders, investors, authors, actors, theater owners and others who participate in the development and exploitation of stage properties, will structure, negotiate and draft agreements to advance the theatrical production process. A commercial stage production typically begins with a producer licensing a finished play or, alternatively, by first securing rights in an underlying work (such as a novel) and then engaging writers to create a play or musical.

To finance development and production, producers typically raise capital from accredited investors via private offerings under Rule 506. Attorneys for investors who provide early, high-risk funding or who make large investments will seek to negotiate heightened financial terms and billing credit.  Investors include investment partnerships and, increasingly, theatrical investment funds modeled after private equity funds.

Early on, the producer will enter into agreements with a general manager, a director, and often a not-for-profit theater that showcases new works. As the production progresses, there will be numerous additional contracts - e.g., with designers, actors, and a commercial theater.

Broadway has not been impacted by technology as directly as the music, publishing and movie industries, so many elements of theatrical legal practice have remained relatively stable. However, change is accelerating as movie studios seek to re-purpose film libraries, venture and private equity investors explore Broadway investing, and the Internet continues to transform theatrical marketing and is beginning to make Broadway investing more accessible.

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To appreciate theater law, contrast standard theatrical practice with movie industry practice. A movie producer acquires ownership of creative contributions on a buy-out basis and has the unfettered ability to revise. A theater producer acquires a license to produce a play for an agreed period and pays the playwright royalties that vary based on the success of the production. The play remains the playwright’s property, no changes may be made without the playwright’s approval, and the playwright has approval over key elements of the production. This creates a dynamic whereby neither the producer nor the author can dictate. For this reason, theatrical production often is referred to as a collaborative process.

Theater lawyers, representing producers, underlying rightsholders, investors, authors, actors, theater owners and others who participate in the development and exploitation of stage properties, will structure, negotiate and draft agreements to advance the theatrical production process. A commercial stage production typically begins with a producer licensing a finished play or, alternatively, by first securing rights in an underlying work (such as a novel) and then engaging writers to create a play or musical.

To finance development and production, producers typically raise capital from accredited investors via private offerings under Rule 506. Attorneys for investors who provide early, high-risk funding or who make large investments will seek to negotiate heightened financial terms and billing credit.  Investors include investment partnerships and, increasingly, theatrical investment funds modeled after private equity funds.

Early on, the producer will enter into agreements with a general manager, a director, and often a not-for-profit theater that showcases new works. As the production progresses, there will be numerous additional contracts - e.g., with designers, actors, and a commercial theater.

Broadway has not been impacted by technology as directly as the music, publishing and movie industries, so many elements of theatrical legal practice have remained relatively stable. However, change is accelerating as movie studios seek to re-purpose film libraries, venture and private equity investors explore Broadway investing, and the Internet continues to transform theatrical marketing and is beginning to make Broadway investing more accessible.