- Business Formation. Many producers organize a new company for each separate production as a way to minimize liability and/or to structure co-production deals. See more details about our services for start-up companies.
- Contracts. We can prepare or review all the contracts required for your production including option agreements, co-production agreements, financing agreements, talent agreements and distribution agreements.
- Film Financing. For film producers seeking financing through private investors, we can provide securities law counsel including preparation of a private placement memorandum. See more details about our services for companies seeking financing.
We represent composers, managers, concert promoters, music publishing companies and performers in the negotiation and drafting of all types of music industry contracts including recording contracts, songwriter agreements, band member agreements and management agreements. A substantial part of our music practice involves helping clients determine the licensing requirements for incorporating existing music into their projects. While music law principles are not rocket science, they are not always intuitive. Our forte is explaining the real-life consequences of these contracts so our clients can make an informed decision about whether a proposed contract is consistent with their business and career objectives.
Internet and New Media Services
We'll help you develop business models for your internet and new media ventures. We negotiate and draft website design agreements, affiliation agreements, software licenses, strategic alliances, revenue-sharing contracts and consulting contracts.
Licensing Creative Material Services
We serve clients with content to license as well as clients who are seeking material to license. Licensing is crucial in every sector of entertainment and media. Failure to clear rights for any third party content (such as music, poems, film clips, artwork, etc.) can delay or even prevent the release of your project and expose the producer to lawsuits. For information on the rights clearance process, see our article Clearing Rights For Your Media Production.
Publishing Industry Services
We draft literary agency agreements, writer collaboration agreements, book publishing agreements, distribution agreements and other publishing industry agreements. Other services offered to publishers and authors include pre-publication reviews of books and articles and the negotiation for the sale of rights (e.g., audio, film, dramatic rights, etc.).