Entertainment law is generally sub-divided into the following areas related to the types of activities that have their own specific trade unions, production techniques, rules, customs, case law, and negotiation strategies:

FILM: covering option agreements, chain of title issues, talent agreements (screenwriters, film directors, actors, composers, production designers), production and post production and trade union issues, distribution issues, motion picture industry negotiations distribution, and general intellectual property issues especially relating to copyright and, to a lesser extent, trademarks;

MULTIMEDIA, including software licensing issues, computer coding, video game development and production, Information technology law, digital content and general intellectual property issues;

MUSIC: including talent agreements (musicians, composers), producer agreements, and synchronization rights, music industry negotiation and general intellectual property issues, especially relating to copyright (see music law);

PUBLISHING and print media issues, including advertising, models, author agreements and general intellectual property issues, especially relating to copyright;

TELEVISION and RADIO including broadcast licensing and regulatory issues, mechanical licenses, and general intellectual property issues, especially relating to copyright;

THEATRE: including rental agreements and co-production agreements, and other performance oriented legal issues;

VISUAL ARTS AND DESIGN including fine arts, issues of consignment of artworks to art dealers, moral rights of sculptors regarding works in public places; and industrial design, issues related to the protection of graphic design elements in products.

Entertainment Lawyers, while representing their clients, generally have to anticipate issues involving defamation (libel and slander), personality rights and privacy rights (likeness, endorsements), intellectual property, employment/labor law, immigration issues, taxation, securities law and international law


  • Contract drafting, review and negotiation representing producers, artists and writers. Such contracts would include:
  1. New deal memorandums
  2. Television series producer agreements
  3. Talent and agent management agreements
  4. Demo recording agreement
  5. Television performer agreement
  6. Film distribution agreement
  7. Screenplay option purchase agreements
  8. Songwriter agreement
  9. Cast, director, writer and producer employment agreement
  10. Music licenses agreements
  11. Composer agreements
  12. Consent and release agreements
  13. Book publishing agreements
  14. Recording artist label agreement


  • Formation of entertainment companies such as:
  1. Music publishing companies
  2. Distribution company formation
  • Trade guilds and unions relations and negotiations for creative and technical personnel who are either signatory clients or clients who are union members