Entertainment & Media Practice

With a strong track record representing the talent-side of film, television, entertainment, and music industry clients in California, New York and around the world, we have extensive experience litigating matters in Federal and State courts as well as in arbitrations and proceedings before the entertainment guilds, the California Labor Commissioner, and the American Film Marketing Association.


  • Actors
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Writers
  • Musicians
  • Entertainment Executives
  • Independent Motion Picture & Television Production and Distribution Companies
  • Talent Agencies
  • Personal Managers
  • Commercial and Music Video Production Companies
  • Post Production and Special Effects Companies
  • Other Owners of Copyrights, Trademarks, Publicity Rights and Other Intellectual Property

Types of Services

Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers and Musicians

Our attorneys have an extensive background representing many high-profile actors, writers, directors, producers, entertainment executives and musicians in claims regarding:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Profit Participation
  • Violation of the Rights of Privacy and Publicity Defamation
  • Breach of Implied Contracts
  • Copyright and Trademark Infringement
  • Disputes with Entertainment Guilds including the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild, and the Writers Guild West
  • Defamation
  • Restraining Orders
  • Guild Disputes
  • Employment Disputes
  • Talent Agencies Disputes
  • Management Disputes

Talent Agents, Personal Managers and Individual Managers

We have represented talent agencies in disputes with members of the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA, the Directors Guild, the Writers Guild West, and Actor’s Equity. In representing personal managers in commission disputes, we have been involved in proceedings before the American Arbitration Association, the California Labor Commissioner and the California Supreme Court.

Motion Picture and Television Production Companies; Distributors and Sales Agents

We have represented independent motion picture and television production companies, distribution companies and sales agents involved in:

  • Employment Disputes
  • Contract Disputes regarding Producing, Licensing, and Distributing Motion Pictures and Television Programming
  • Profit Participations and Other Accounting Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Disputes including Trademark, Copyright, Idea Submission, Lanham Act, and Credit Claims
  • Independent Film and Television Alliance Arbitrations

Music Video Production

Our attorneys provide representation to commercial and music video production companies and individual commercial and music video directors and producers in matters including unfair competition claims, solicitation of directors and producers by competing companies, and disputes with major record labels regarding payment. We have represented several post-production and special effects companies in employment disputes, solicitation of key personnel by competing companies, contractual disputes and unfair competition and intellectual property claims.