Entertainment

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

Experienced attorneys are required at every step of the production process. We provide production legal services for film and television projects shooting in locations throughout the country, and our 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. We also represent production services companies that provide the goods and services necessary for any quality production project. In addition to production legal services, we represent producers and distributors in connection with the negotiation of distribution arrangements for all media. Development companies and writers also rely on our attorneys to assist with the legal aspects of creating, selling and acquiring stories and scripts.

Film Exhibitors

Our Entertainment team has consistently provided full legal services to local and regional cinema owners over many years. By combining corporate and litigation experience with knowledge of the industry, our exhibitor clients have utilized our attorneys to grow, change and adapt their business models to stay on the leading edge of the changes in the business. New film exhibition technology and the rapid growth of large screen facilities nationwide requires exhibitors to have legal counsel that can help them set the pace ahead of their competitors.

Interactive Media and Video Games

In this fast-growing sector of the entertainment industry, we provide the legal services necessary to handle the intellectual property and corporate needs of the developers, producers, and distributors of interactive media content.

Music

As the music industry changes rapidly, we remain engaged with 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, we have our music industry clients covered.

Print Media 

Book, newspaper, and magazine publishers have had to rework business models and long-established industry standards to remain viable in the face of advances in technology and economic challenges. Our Entertainment 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.

Event Ticketing

As a result of the growing importance of live event revenue, issues in event ticketing have become increasingly prevalent. Our Entertainment team has more than two decades of experience providing legal services related to ticketing.  Our ticketing experience is wide-ranging and includes providing advice on legislative and legal matters, internet commerce and the rights and obligations of ticket issuers, buyers and sellers.

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