With offices in L.A., London, New York and Silicon Valley, the preeminent entertainment and media centers in the world, we have deep experience involving every aspect of the entertainment and media industries. The firm has successfully represented studios, networks, financiers, video and social online game developers, production companies, producers, distributors, publishers, talent, talent agencies, gaming companies, sports leagues and teams, and other entertainment and media clients in virtually every kind of commercial and intellectual property dispute. We have also served as General Counsel to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for over twenty-five years.
The entertainment and media industries are governed by arcane rules and precedents developed over a century. At the same time, the rapid growth of new technologies and new entrants into the industries – such as video gaming and social media – has generated unique legal issues. Experience in the industries and innovative strategies are critical to success. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of the issues at the heart of the entertainment and media businesses and have tried and arbitrated many high stakes cases involving claims in diverse, but sometimes related, areas such as breach of contract, copyright, trademark, idea theft, misappropriation of trade secrets, patent, right of publicity, defamation, free speech, and unfair competition. We also have an in-depth understanding of the unique character of the entertainment and media worlds – the relatively small size of the communities and the personal interrelationships that are their hallmark. Consequently, every client can expect vigorous and aggressive representation where appropriate. However, we recognize that is not always the case. We are always open to exploring alternatives to litigation because that is often in the long term interests of our clients.
Some of our notable entertainment and media attorneys are: John Quinn, General Counsel of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who has also represented entertainment and media clients in a number of high profile cases; Kathleen Sullivan, the former Dean of Stanford Law School, First Amendment scholar, and nationally renowned appellate advocate, who heads the firm’s appellate practice group; Bob Raskopf, a leader in the sports, entertainment and media bars in New York, who is perhaps best known for his work on behalf of professional sports leagues and teams, newspapers and publishers; Claude Stern, who has represented a broad array of leading software developers, videogame manufacturers, online publishers and other media clients in all forms of intellectual property litigation, including copyright, patent, trade secret, trademark, and licensing disputes; Bruce Van Dalsem, who has tried and resolved disputes for studios, producers and performing artists in the film, television, music and finance businesses, securing a top five verdict in California based on the misappropriation of a film library; Gary Gans, an internationally recognized litigator in motion picture financing, production and distribution disputes, as well as copyright and idea theft cases, who has been named as one of America’s “Top Entertainment Attorneys;” Jeff McFarland, who has litigated entertainment related cases for more than 20 years, including cases involving motion picture and television series profits, video game licenses, idea theft and the “seven year rule;” and Michael Williams, who represents a satellite exhibitor and other media clients in trademark, copyright, patent, antitrust and other commercial litigation.
Our London partners, including Marc Becker and Alex Gerbi, are recognized and highly rated by the major industry guides, with specific recommendations for our work in the media, entertainment, communications, and sports sectors. We combine a first rate litigation capability in commercial disputes with a deep understanding of the industries. With both U.K. and U.S. qualified lawyers practicing in London, we have a genuinely transatlantic offering.
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