The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Dealmaking and IP Set (with Forms)
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The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: The two-volume set, comprised of both the Dealmaking and Intellectual Property volumes, 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 industry.
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 the marketplace.
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 LLP. He has over 30 years’ experience in litigation, licensing and counseling matters in copyright, trademark, unfair competition and right of publicity law, particularly for clients in the entertainment industry. World Trademark Review 1000 recognizes him as a leader in trademark matters and notes that he has “specific expertise in protecting rights related to fictional characters” (2016). He is ranked in New York by Chambers & Partners USA in the area of “Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright” (2014, 2016-2017). In addition, he has been recognized as a leading intellectual property lawyer by New York Super Lawyers (2016-2017). He is also recognized in the area of copyright law by The US Legal 500 (2016-2017) and U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers (2015).
A major aspect of his practice involves the protection, defense, enforcement, licensing and exploitation of rights vested in fictional characters. He has handled complex issues concerning such characters and properties as Spider-Man, X-Men, Superman, Batman, Barbie, Peanuts, Strawberry Shortcake, Babar the Elephant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teletubbies, The Berenstain Bears, Inspector Gadget, Franklin The Turtle, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Mr. Bill and The Woodstock Festivals.
Mr. Reichman also represents the estates of well-known entertainers, authors and artists. He has handled copyright, right of publicity, and trademark matters for such estates as Joseph Campbell, Mary McCarthy, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Rube Goldberg, W.C. Fields and Abbott & Costello.
In 2014, he served as an advisor to the New Jersey State Senate in connection with Senate Bill No. S2212 (“The Commercial Identity Protect Act”).
For many years, he has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal. He is currently on the Advisory Board of The Licensing Journal. He has written on copyright, trademark and publicity law topics, and lectured for such organizations as The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Columbia University School of Law, Columbia University School of Fine Arts, New York Film Academy, The New School for Social Research, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Institute for International Research. He has taught entertainment licensing as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, and been interviewed by such prominent media outlets as The New York Times, Dateline NBC and New York Newsday. He was a regular commentator on copyright and trademark law topics for the NPR radio program "Soundcheck." For more information about Jonathan Reichman and his firm please visit www.andrewskurth.com
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)
... so well-written and so full of practical insights and useful tips that even after my own 30 years in the business, I find it exceptionally enlightening and engaging. I can only imagine how incredibly helpful it'll be for anyone at the beginning of an entertainment career or looking to break into this area. – Marla Levine, General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs Revolution Studios, Co-Producer: XXX3–The Return of Xander Cage
I am a mediator and arbitrator in the entertainment industry (following a long career as an entertainment attorney and studio/network business affairs executive). Having a thorough understanding of both basic law and deal-making custom and practice in this industry is essential to my work. The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law delivers on both – and I suspect that if more lawyers, executives, entrepreneurs and artists in the entertainment industry familiarized themselves with EG2EL before entering into their contracts, it could lighten my case load.
– Fred Kuperberg, Managing Partner, Schuyler Road Advisors, and former EVP and General Counsel, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group
In my 50 years of navigating this industry – shepherding projects from book to stage to screen and back again – I’ve rarely encountered such a comprehensive yet accessible reference on Entertainment law and business. Highly recommended!
– Max Weitzenhoffer, Olivier and Drama Desk award winning, and Tony award nominated, producer of New York and London theater productions, and the owner of six London West End theaters.
The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law should be required reading for everyone seeking to bring an entertainment project to Philadelphia (or any City at all)! It will certainly make my job easier!”
– Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Having spent my legal career tackling many of the topics addressed by these volumes, I can’t think of a more comprehensive Entertainment Industry legal reference to keep within reach of my desk – or yours.
– Michael Sinder, New York Theater Attorney, former Director of Business affairs for Frankel Green Theatrical Management, and Wm. Morris agent.
An impressive distillation of case law, statutes, contracts and concepts central to entertainment industry business and legal transactions.
– Vance Van Petten, National Executive Director/COO, the Producers Guild of America
A thorough and engagingly readable guide for current or future legal practitioners and executives alike...or anyone interested in the intricacies of motion picture distribution agreements. In particular, Steve Monas' excellent chapter on Motion Picture Distribution is a lively and illuminating mixture of comprehensive substance and insightful anecdotes all mined from Steve's wealth of professional experience. – Adam Platnick, former President New Regency Productions and Mandalay Pictures
Ken Basin has given us a great primer in the nuts and bolts of the rapidly evolving television business – told with insight, brevity, and wit. Basin's experience on both sides of the buyer/seller equation really shows through, and makes this book a valuable tool for anyone who wants to understand the business side of the shows we love to watch.
– Dan Scharf, Amazon Studios, Head of Business Affairs
The intricacies and details of the legal aspects of theater are skillfully and precisely outlined in this book. It's not an easy task, and the authors spell everything out so clearly that even this non-lawyer can understand it all! I was very impressed by how easily things are explained, and I can think of no better guide to help anyone through every step needed in producing for the theater. – Theodore S. Chapin, President, Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company
Steve Monas's knowledge of motion picture distribution is second to none. Anyone looking to break into this area of our business should read his chapter on Motion Picture Distribution. It is both concise and complete. A must-read.
– Mark Damon, CEO Foresight Unlimited, Producer: Monster, Lone Survivor, Das Boot