Richard R. Ross
Chair of the Firm’s Entertainment, Media & The Arts Department
Our attorneys combine a thorough knowledge of deal making, contract negotiation and legal considerations with an understanding of the industries involved and our clients’ businesses and objectives to provide value added service. When called for we draw upon the Firm’s corporate and litigation lawyers that have substantial experience in the entertainment, media and arts areas. Our clients include studios and other motion picture and television production companies, networks, Internet and new media companies, private equity investors and other film financiers, distributors, producers, writers, directors, authors, and other creative talent, actors, musicians and other performing artists, talent agencies, advertising agencies, record labels, athletes, models, animators, comedians, and visual artists, as well as entertainment and media executives.
Financing, Production and Distribution
We represent clients in connection with the development, financing, production, and distribution and other exploitation of motion pictures, television programming, and Internet and other new media content. The Firm has extensive experience in licensing and distribution of content through advanced digital technologies to leading media platforms, and in providing services relating to domestic domestic and international digital content delivery and distribution, mobile digital applications, and interactive advertising.
Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions
In conjunction with attorneys in the Firm’s Corporate Department, we advise clients with respect to entertainment and media related joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and purchases and sales of motion picture or other content libraries. Licensing and Merchandising
Our practice includes extensive work in the areas of copyright, trademark, software, character, brand, celebrity, and other licensing and merchandising. We represent licensors and licensees, celebrities, influencers, brands, and others in connection with their licensing and merchandising, endorsement, and commercial spokesperson activities and programs. In addition, we also advise producers, production companies, celebrities, and brands in the burgeoning integrated marketing areas of brand integration and activation.
Our music practice provides our clients with legal counsel in all aspects of the music business. We represent clients throughout the world on both the talent side and industry side. We help clients protect their intellectual property, counsel in regard to, and negotiate, all types of agreements involving musical artists and music assets including licenses, purchases and sales, library and catalog acquisitions and sales, employment and engagement agreements, touring and live appearance agreements, band agreements and joint venture agreements
Intellectual Property In addition to our services in connection with licensing and merchandising, we regularly advise clients with respect to copyright, trademark and other intellectual property issues and matters. For example, we advise clients regarding copyright and trademark protection matters, such as the types of items that are copyrightable or subject to trademark registration, the securing and maintenance of copyright or trademark protection, and the avoidance of activities that may constitute copyright or trademark infringement. We also regularly advise clients with respect to defamation and rights of privacy and publicity issues.
The Firm’s cutting edge art law practice provides counsel to visual artists, museums, non-profit organizations, foundations, art dealers and galleries, estates and trusts, private collectors, and institutions owning art. Our attorneys have extensive experience structuring consignment agreements with major auction houses and other major private sales agreements throughout the world, executing estate, gift and tax planning for artists and collectors, and assisting with the creation of private museums and art foundations. We also facilitate major exhibit sponsorships and artist exhibit agreements. The art law practice negotiates licensing, endorsement and co-branding agreements for artists as well as resources art-related disputes, including copyright and other intellectual property infringement. In addition, we handle drafting of purchase agreements, structuring loans secured by fine art, advising clients with insurance claims arising for any reason, including damage, theft and valuation related issues, as well as assisting with appraisals, provenance review and research, and restitution claims.
To discuss your entertainment, media and art law needs, please contact Rick Ross at 310.855.3200.