The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law - Dealmaking (with forms) and IP PDFBook set
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The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: The two-volume PDF set, comprised of both the Dealmaking volume (with forms) and the Intellectual
Property volume, is the go-to desk-side resource for legal
practitioners and other professionals involved in entertainment industry
transactions. Executives, investors, financial advisors as well as
entrepreneurs seeking to enter the entertainment industry will find these
handbooks equally useful. Created by a dream team of practitioners who work in
the industry in leading law firms and entertainment companies, this set now
offers readers the unprecedented opportunity to benefit from the business
acumen and expertise of top lawyers from all sectors of the entertainment
The Guides offer a broad survey of the key business and legal
principles at the core of the entertainment industry transactions. The first
volume, EG2EL: Dealmaking, addresses the issues that typically arise in
the practice of entertainment law contracting, and discusses the practical and
ethical roles of the lawyer and other talent representatives in industry
dealmaking. Most importantly, it provides inside information on practical
aspects of how to make projects happen. Eighty-four contract forms and sample
documents, provided free with the purchase of the dealmaking volume, acquaint
readers with major agreements used in the field. The authors analyze the key
features of these agreements, discuss the most effective negotiating strategies
to employ, cover the most important provisions of the contracts and unlock the
logic behind them.
The second volume, EG2EL:
Intellectual Property, provides a broad survey overview of Copyright,
Trademark and Publicity and Privacy Law, illuminating the key intellectual property
rights concerns that are the cornerstones of virtually every transaction in the
entertainment industry. Detailed but accessible, EG2EL: Intellectual Property, helps you navigate fundamental
intellectual property rights issues in the key fields of entertainment.
Written not only for lawyers in
the industry, but to help their clients (and prospective clients) supplement an
actual consultation with a seasoned professional, these essential Guides will
quickly prove to readers there is no better one-stop resource to be found in
Jay Shanker is a veteran entertainment industry attorney whose practice encompasses a wide array of film, television, theater, music, live entertainment, new media, fine arts, publishing and sports industry transactions for individual and corporate clients, including both public and private companies, across the U.S. and abroad. His clients and their projects have over the years garnered prestigious international awards in every major creative media, including Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Clio nominations and awards. A graduate of Yale and the NYU School of Law, Mr. Shanker has practiced law in Los Angeles since 1981. In 2005 he relocated his practice to his native Oklahoma City, where he now serves as a director at Crowe & Dunlevy, a national law firm based in Oklahoma City with additional offices in Tulsa and Dallas. Mr. Shanker is co-author of Entertainment Law & Business, published by Juris in 2013. He was a contributing editor for Entertainment Industry Contracts, published by Matthew Bender in 1996 and co-editor of Law and the Television of the ‘80s, published by Oceana in 1982. He has taught courses on entertainment law at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University, and has lectured on entertainment industry legal matters at UCLA, USC and the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles and New York, and for the Producers Guild of America, and the American Bar Association as well as for other leading continuing legal education forums on entertainment law topics. Mr. Shanker has served on the advisory committee of the AFI’s Third Decade Council and was a founding board member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. His achievements have earned him repeated inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television; Entertainment Law – Music). He is admitted to practice in California, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia. For more information about Jay Shanker and his firm please visit www.crowedunlevy.com
Kirk Schroder, a founding partner of the Richmond, Virginia law firm Schroder Davis, PLC, has an extensive entertainment and arts law practice. He is named in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for the field of entertainment law. He is also rated an “AV”* lawyer by Martindale - Hubbell, its highest rating for lawyers. Mr. Schroder was elected by his national peers in the entertainment and sports law profession to serve as the Chair of the American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law section (2008-10). His law practice involves transactional work in all major entertainment fields, and draws entertainment and arts -related clients from all over the United States and the world. He holds, BA and BSBA degrees from the University of Richmond, where he also earned his law degree. He additionally holds a Ph.D in Education from the University of Virginia. Kirk Schroder has written extensively on a wide range of entertainment law topics, and is a frequent panelist and lecturer on entertainment industry and legal topics throughout the U.S.
Paul Supnik, based in Beverly Hills, California, practices trademark, copyright, and entertainment law . He advises businesses in the selection and use of brand identities, protects trademarks through registration strategies, enhances value through licensing, and litigates trademark and copyright disputes. Mr. Supnik has spoken on these subjects in the United States and internationally. Industries he has represented include: Internet, apparel, cosmetic, restaurant, advertising, sporting goods, software, financial, arts, and media. As a bar association leader, Paul Supnik has served as president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, chair of both the Entertainment/IP Law and International Law Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar, and chair of the Los Angeles Lawyer magazine editorial board. Mr. Supnik has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of “AV” and has been selected by SuperLawyers® in the field of Intellectual Property for the years 2010 through 2013. He served as an adjunct associate professor at Southwestern Law School from 2008-2011.
Jonathan D. Reichman is a partner in the New York office of Andrews Kurth Kenyon L
The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law is just that – and is worth its weight in gold. – Gay Frederickson, Film Educator and a Producer of Godfather II, Apocalyse Now, and The Outsiders
I can’t imagine a better gateway to understanding the ins and outs of providing (and benefitting from) competent legal representation in the entertainment industries.
– John Huncke, SVP Strategy and Business Development STARZ, a Lionsgate Company
If asked to recommend a one stop read on legal fundamentals for entertainment industry dealmaking, this 2-volume series would be high on my list.
–Jeff Wilson, VP Contracts, Simon & Schuster
Be assured this two-volume series on the practice of entertainment industry law – comprising as it does an impressively deep survey of (i) dealmaking strategies, custom and practice and (ii) intellectual property law and other formal legal essentials, is a magnificent assemblage that can benefit anyone engaged in the industry, from neophyte to seasoned entertainment professional. Read what you care about in these volumes, in any order and level of depth you please, and you can’t go wrong. Treat these books as the basis of a mini-course in entertainment law and deal-making, or use them as a frequent reference source to get a handle on some or all of the wide range of entertainment law subjects covered here–most of which I assure you will arise on a recurring basis in your professional practice or careers in Entertainment.
– Peter Dekom, noted attorney, author, lecturer and founding partner of Pollock Bloom, Dekom, (Los Angeles); clients have included George Lucas, Keenen Ivory Wayans, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Paul Haggis, Andy Davis, Sears and JVC; former Board Member of Imagine Entertainment.
Jay Shanker and Kirk Schroder have produced a truly comprehensive book on the business and legal aspects of the major fields in the entertainment industry. Although meant for entertainment lawyers and executives, this book is also a manual for all creative talent who want to understand this business.
–Margot Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
Anyone with an interest in this specialized field of law would be wise to have this worthy book on their shelf. It covers pretty much everything dealmakers in our industry are frequently concerned about with insightful commentary, identifying the applicable laws and providing a host of helpful advice based on experience. Well done!
–David Baldacci, Best-selling Author of more than 24 novels, including Absolute Power (made into the Clint Eastwood film)