Entertainment producers are faced with a myriad of legal issues from copyright law, to labor law considerations, to local laws dealing with filming permits. Content distributors face equally complex issues ranging from conducting legal clearances to negotiation of royalty and profit participation terms.
The field of entertainment law involves a mixture of different transactional legal categories revolving around drafting and negotiating contracts and providing legal & business affairs counsel to entertainment producers, distributors and artists.
Experienced Los Angeles entertainment technology law attorney David N. Sharifi represents clients in all areas of the entertainment industry including film, television, music, stage, and publishing. The principal areas of Entertainment Law overlap with Intellectual Property Law, particularly trademarks, copyrights, contract law, and rights of publicity. Some of the legal issues in entertainment law include:
- Script clearance
- Product placement and sponsorship
- Defamation matters
- Contract and Deal Memos
- Joint venture agreements
- Statute of frauds
- First Amendment matters and fair use defense
- Film financing agreements
- Production agreements
- Music production agreements
- Talent agreements
- Option agreements financing agreements
- Profit participation & revenue share deal
- Product and digital merchandising contract
Development / Production Agreements: Our business affairs experience enables us to structure complex arrangements required for producers to hire top talent. We negotiate rights agreements, including literary option and purchase agreements, life story agreements, and talent agreements for actors, writers, directors and producers.
Entertainment Finance: We consult independent production companies, financial institutions, private equity funds, hedge funds, distributors, and high net worth individuals throughout the United States in shaping and structuring debt and equity capital structures in entertainment financing.
Sales and Distribution Agreements: Our expertise in negotiating agreements between sales agents and producers / financiers counts, and agreements between producers and distributors informs our consultation and legal drafting related to the distribution of entertainment products and underlying rights.
Advertising and Promotion: We represent studios, agencies, producers and famous brands in product placement, commercial tie-in and publicity arrangements, including contests, sweepstakes, and web-based promotions.
Publishing, Licensing and Merchandising: We provide unmatched expertise when consulting clients in developing strategies to build or exploit brand value. We advise on trademark registation strategies and negotiate licensing and merchandising agreements between brands, sponsors, content producers and manufacturers.