Co-Chair, Entertainment and Media Litigationemail
LitigationCo-Chair, Entertainment and Media Litigationemail
As the entertainment and media industries continue to undergo fundamental changes in their business models, legal disputes have taken on new complexity. The traditional sources of industry litigation—intellectual property and contractual disputes—have been rapidly transformed by a proliferation of new players, financing sources and disruptive technologies.
With the funding of entertainment ventures coming increasingly from outside the industry, both the financial instruments and the entities that control them (e.g., private equity, venture capital, angel investors) have added layers of contractual and technological complexity to every sort of deal. Disputes over the disposition of the proceeds or tax credits may take place across multiple geographies, legal systems and business cultures. At the same time, the lines between sectors—advertising, entertainment, gaming and social media—have become blurred, giving rise to new types of high-stakes IP disputes.
As the laws and the legal industry adapt to these changes, Manatt’s industry-specific experience has grown in importance. Entertainment and media companies of all kinds—motion pictures, television, music, digital media—turn to Manatt attorneys for strong advocacy, coupled with a keen appreciation of the underlying business challenges these companies face.
Roots in the Industry
At Manatt, entertainment and media are firmly rooted in our culture. For over three decades we have been closely linked with the industry, and our deep understanding of the issues confronting our clients is informed by a rich historical perspective.
This perspective can make a substantive difference in any litigation situation. We know the entertainment community and its players. We have long partnered with them and thoroughly understand their businesses. They trust us to anticipate litigation and take steps to avoid it.
When litigation is threatened, our attorneys are adept at resolving matters with efficiency and dispatch. Their proven abilities at trial give clients great leverage in negotiation, which is why most of our cases are either won on the pleadings or settled out of court. Between our courtroom successes and our proven ability to resolve disputes without litigation, our clients count on us for outcomes that are at all times consistent with their overriding business imperatives.
Services Across the Board
Manatt’s Entertainment and Media Litigation practice is part of a full-service capability with formidable resources in the major industry centers of Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. We bring a multidisciplinary approach to every area of entertainment and media—television, radio, motion pictures, music, art and advertising—as well as to the rapidly proliferating digital aspects of each.
Because the very nature of the industry and its players makes high-profile disputes inevitable, we are always sensitive to the public relations aspects of our clients' cases. The more visible the matter, the more likely we are to be called upon, and our clients trust us to be as discreet—or as outgoing—as the situation merits.
We routinely handle disputes of every kind, including:
Copyrights, Rights of Publicity and Trademarks
Class Action Lawsuits
Ranked in California for Entertainment: Litigation 2014–2015
Ranked Nationally in Tier 1 for Entertainment Law 2010–2016
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