Entertainment Law

Kulik Gottesman Siegel & Ware’s attorneys are experts in the entertainment industry.   Some of our attorneys have held prior in-house media and entertainment positions so we clearly understand the important issues facing our clients and have the insight and knowledge to deliver high-caliber work.  Our attorneys are well experienced in all of the legal, financial, commercial and strategic issues relevant to today’s leading media and entertainment entities.  Our broad knowledge facilitates the development of optimal negotiation and litigation strategies, financings and best overall approaches to achieve successful results for our clients.

Having won litigation victories in all major segments of the entertainment industry, our attorneys are among the most qualified to litigate and advocate on behalf of entertainers, musicians,  artists, producers, executives, managers, publishers, production companies, distribution companies, and financing companies.

Our Practice

The entertainment industry is like no other.  Conventional concepts that are regularly applied to business and to other industries do not always apply to the entertainment industry. For example, a net proceeds definition in an entertainment contract will involve a vastly different calculation than many seasoned accountants may expect.  That is why it is imperative for entertainment entities to work with attorneys who have experience and understand the sometimes unusual standards of the entertainment industry.  Our attorneys not only understand the standards of the entertainment industry from a legal perspective, but also from a practical perspective.  We know how the client’s costs, profits, leverage, reputation and other long term benefits affect their overall business performance.  Our attorneys have developed cross-disciplinary teams focused to handle these specialized needs of our clients.

Our attorneys have litigated in the following segments of the entertainment industry:

  • advertising and promotions
  • apparel
  • branded entertainment
  • entertainment finance
  • interactive media & digital rights
  • motion picture
  • music
  • sports
  • television
  • video games

Our practice areas include: breach of contract, license agreements, defined net proceeds (previously known as “Net Profits”), employment disputes,  non-compete disputes, trust funds for minor actors,  first-look deals,  option contracts, writer contracts, Writers Guild of America “WGA” compliance, producer contracts, screen actor contracts, Screen Actors Guild “SAG” compliance, director contracts, Directors Guild of America “DGA” compliance, motion picture distribution, television distribution, music deals, 360 deals, publishing rights, synchronization rights, master use license, digital rights, trademark and  copyright.

Our Clients

We have represented well-known actors, musicians, and writers in high-stakes litigation. Some of our clients include Mike Myers, Diane Keaton, William Shatner, Elizabeth Taylor, Barry Manilow, Sharon Stone, Michael Eisner, Martin Ransohoff, the musical groups Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Play, and Boom Town Rats, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison, and true-crime reporter and author Aphrodite Jones.

We have handled disputes involving well-known films and television programs such as Shakespeare in Love, Platoon, Stigmata, Liar Liar, Raging Bull, Boys Don’t Cry, Waterworld, John Q, Made In America, This is Spinal Tap, Frequency, Star Trek, The OC, Northern Exposure, My Two Dads, Baywatch, The Simpsons, Las Vegas, In the House, The Two Coreys, Love Decoys, The Pick Up Artist, and many others.