Entertainment

The Clark Hill Entertainment Industry Team provides specialized access to all of the firm’s areas of expertise for entertainment industry clients. Our corporate, intellectual property, labor and employment, immigration, litigation and tax attorneys provide a solid foundation for the Entertainment Industry Team to provide a full range of services. Clark Hill’s Government and Public Affairs professionals work to give a voice to entertainment industry clients on important issues on the state and national level.  Feel free to contact our Entertainment Industry Team members to find out how Clark Hill can assist you.

The Entertainment Industry Team advises and counsels:

  • Independent Film and Television Production Companies
  • Film Studios
  • Production Lenders and Equity Investors
  • Above-the-line Talent
  • Production Service Providers/Vendors
  • Writers and Development Companies
  • Film Exhibitors
  • Musicians, Songwriters and Music Publishers
  • Music Promoters and Venues
  • Record Labels, Management Companies and Distributors
  • Video Game and Interactive Media Professionals
  • Authors, Illustrators and Print Media Publishers

Film & Television Production provides production legal services for film and television projects shooting in Michigan as well as in locations throughout the country. Clark Hill professionals handle talent agreements, labor and employment issues (including negotiation with local labor unions and the industry guilds), location agreements, local permitting and vendor contracts on behalf of independent production companies. Clark Hill also represents production services companies that provide the goods and services necessary to any quality production project. In addition to production legal services, Clark Hill represents producers and distributors in connection with the negotiation of distribution arrangements for all media. Development companies and writers also rely on Clark Hill attorneys to assist with the legal aspects of creating, selling and acquiring scripts.

Film Exhibitors have unique legal needs, and Clark Hill’s Entertainment Industry Team has consistently provided full legal services to local and regional cinema owners over many years. By combining corporate and litigation expertise with a knowledge of the industry, our exhibitor clients have been able to utilize Clark Hill to grow, change and adapt their business models to stay on the leading edge of the changes in the business. New film exhibition technology, including 3-D/digital projection capability as standard and the rapid growth of IMAX facilities nationwide, requires exhibitors to have legal counsel that can help them set the pace ahead of their competitors.

Interactive Media and Video Games and other interactive media are among the fastest growing sectors of the entertainment industry. The Michigan Production Incentive refundable tax credit program (visit the Michigan Film Office’s website for detailed information) includes these projects as qualified productions, and the tax advantages available for working in Michigan can be significant. The Clark Hill Entertainment Industry Team can provide the legal services necessary to bring video game and interactive media projects to Michigan, as well as handle the intellectual property and corporate needs of the developers, producers and distributors of interactive content.

Music industry changes rapidly every day, the Clark Hill Entertainment Industry Team remains engaged on behalf of its clients as they adapt and shape the future of the business. Artists, record labels, management companies, concert promoters and venues rely on our professionals to provide legal services that are compatible with the changing technologies and prevailing practices in music. Whether it is handling the copyright registration of music, the establishment of publishing entities for the collection of performance royalties, or the negotiation of licensing transactions, Clark Hill’s Entertainment Industry Team has our music industry clients covered.

Print Media advances in technology and economic challenges have deeply effected the print media industries in recent years. Book, newspaper and magazine publishers have had to rework business models and long-established industry standards in order to remain viable. Clark Hill’s Entertainment Industry Team represents clients working in all aspects of print media, and provides legal services that enable writers, illustrators and publishers to maintain the edge they need to continue to create, develop and distribute content on the printed page.

Experience

Counsel to a financial institution in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of a credit facility provided to the operating entity of a minor league baseball franchise. The credit facility is secured by a general blanket lien on all assets of the franchise, including revenue from ballpark concessions, as well as guaranties from all individual and entity investors. The credit facility involved a wide variety of issues with respect to the general rules governing minor league baseball franchises, player development contracts, ballpark leases and agreements, naming rights and television and radio broadcast rights.

Represented purchaser of amusement park operator.
Counsel to the agent in connection with a secured syndicated credit facility to finance the recapitalization of an NFL franchise. In addition to structuring, drafting and negotiating the loan documentation and performing the appropriate due diligence, we reviewed the NFL Constitution and ByLaws and the franchise agreement and negotiated a consent agreement with the NFL in connection with the same.
Counsel to the agent in connection with a secured syndicated credit facility to finance the recapitalization of an NFL franchise. In addition to structuring, drafting and negotiating the loan documentation and performing the appropriate due diligence, we reviewed the NFL Constitution and ByLaws and the franchise agreement and negotiated a consent agreement with the NFL in connection with the same