Entertainment and the Arts

We represent clients in the film, fine art and photography, theater, television, publishing, music and fashion industries, including writers, directors, actors, producers, playwrights, composers, musicians, designers and gallerists.  We provide a diverse array of legal services to our creative clients, including strategic planning, the negotiation of talent, distribution, licensing and production agreements and the enforcement of agreement provisions governing accounting, royalties, salaries and bonuses due under entertainment agreements. Ms. Cooper’s background in the performing and visual arts and as a published author is invaluable to our arts clients, whose language is as much her own as her command of the law.

We counsel clients on the legal issues related to production financing to help make their creative projects and pipedreams a reality.  We often collaborate with our professional colleagues in areas of accounting, wealth management, estate planning and tax law to ensure the best and most efficient results for our clients.

We assist our entertainment and arts clients in the development and maintenance of their intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks, idea submissions and publicity rights.  We educate our clients on issues of fair use and obtaining necessary errors and omissions insurance.  We vet screenplays, film footage, articles, photography and online media for infringement, moral rights violations, defamation, and other potential risks.  We help our clients assess the risks and benefits of securing rights via fair use assertions, and we negotiate the options and other rights agreements necessary to clear and protect artistic rights in all media, including film, music, fashion, video games and merchandise.

Our services for Entertainment and the Arts include:

  • Film Agreements
  • Theatrical / Stage Contracts
  • Option Purchase Agreements
  • Life Story Rights (Life Rights) Agreements
  • TV Contracts
  • Talent Management Agreements
  • Agent Contracts
  • Writing Contracts
  • Co-Author and Illustrator Agreements
  • Publishing Agreements
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Music Label Contracts
  • Fashion Distribution Agreements
  • Adaptation Agreements
  • Composer and Songwriter Agreements
  • Cease & Desist Notices
  • Literary Purchase Agreements
  • Collaboration Agreements
  • Visual Artists and Photographer Contracts
  • Producer Agreements
  • Director Services Agreement
  • Fair Use Legal Opinions
  • Music Production Agreements
  • Co-Publishing Agreements
  • Vocal Recording Agreements
  • Live Performance Deals
  • Intellectual Property Assignments
  • Copyright/Trademark Registration & Enforcement
  • Endorsement Agreements
  • Personal Appearances
  • Demand Letters