Our entertainment attorneys represent clients in the areas of music, book publishing, motion pictures, documentary filmmaking, television, cable, theatre and multimedia. Our clients include nationally distributed recording artists, television personalities, a “New York Times” best-selling author, filmmakers and world class professional athletes.
We recognize that new technologies and the Internet present both opportunities and challenges for our entertainment industry clients. While the Internet has produced new sources of revenue for the owners of entertainment properties, the Internet has been the scene of unprecedented assaults on traditional notions of copyright, trademark and rights of publicity. Our entertainment law attorneys have the background and experience to effectively represent our clients in this fast-changing field.
Our intellectual property attorneys counsel recording artists, producers, actors, authors and writers in the enhancement of their careers and the protection of their intellectual property and publicity rights. We represent individuals and companies in drafting and negotiating a variety of entertainment industry agreements including recording artist agreements, distribution and production agreements, music licensing agreements, content and rights licensing agreements, music and book publishing agreements, Internet agreements, host and talent agreements, management and agency agreements, releases, permissions and merchandising agreements. We review corporate sponsorship and product endorsement opportunities, negotiate agreements and protect celebrity publicity rights for our clients who are professional athletes.
Representative transactions include negotiation of recording, distribution and publishing agreements for musical artists, negotiating talent agreements for children’s television performers, negotiating an endorsement agreement on behalf of a professional athlete with a major sports apparel company, negotiating Internet agreements for the creator of fantasy baseball and football games, negotiating master use and synchronization licenses for the use of music in television and motion pictures, negotiating distribution agreements for documentary filmmakers, and obtaining clearances and permissions for advertising, CD and DVD production and distribution.
Our intellectual property attorneys also provide litigation services in the entertainment area. Our attorneys have represented the owner of master recordings in a copyright infringement action, an Internet music distributor in a copyright infringement action, a television talent in a case involving the unauthorized use of name and likeness, a songwriter and music publisher in a copyright infringement action, a videographer in a copyright infringement case, and the personal manager of Mississippi John Hurt in a dispute over music rights.
Frank Morgan represents many of our entertainment clients. He has more than 25 years of experience practicing entertainment law. Frank has been named several times in "The Best Lawyers in America" and as a "Super Lawyer" for Entertainment Law and has been twice named by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for Entertainment Law.