Cozen O’Connor: Media & Entertainment

Media & Entertainment

The media and entertainment industry is a multibillion-dollar global juggernaut with unprecedented reach and influence. But with growth comes challenge. Constant technological advancement and changing economic models are forcing media and entertainment companies to continually change the way they conduct business. Cozen O’Connor’s grasp of the business side of the media and entertainment enables it to spot developing trends and fully prepare clients for the future.

Cozen O’Connor attorneys have been providing legal and business advice to media and entertainment clients for more than 30 years. Our firm is consistently recognized as a leader in the entertainment bar by legal and trade organizations, as well as peers. We work closely with a sophisticated group of film, television, cable, music, radio, media, and telecommunications clients. With offices throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and the U.K., Cozen O’Connor has the international capabilities to deliver the highest level of service to our industry clients from Los Angeles to New York and Toronto to London.

Cozen O’Connor attorneys have long-standing, close relationships with individuals and companies at the highest levels of the entertainment industry. This gives us access to resources and information critical to our client’s success and allows us to operate at the cutting edge of this intensely competitive industry. We have been involved in the development of thousands of television productions, working on some of the highest-rated programs, and have served as counsel to dozens of films, from project inception through financing and distribution.

In addition to industry-specific knowledge, our clients benefit enormously from Cozen O’Connor’s multidisciplinary strength. We handle our entertainment industry client’s issues across many substantive legal areas, including licensing, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, finance, tax, labor and employment, litigation, public and project finance, and bankruptcy. Cozen O’Connor attorneys have the breadth to handle the entertainment industry’s most complex matters.

Cozen O’Connor attracts and retains forward-thinking lawyers who have the ability and desire to break new ground. Indeed, the attorneys in our Media and Entertainment Group are among the most creative and tenacious practitioners in the field. We are not bound by convention but, simply, by a fierce determination to do what is necessary to help our clients achieve their business goals.

CLIENTS

Motion picture and television production companies, distributors, writers, directors, and actors

Film studios

Music industry record labels, publishers, and distributors; playwrights and composers

Content distributors

New media ventures

Mobile carriers and digital content service providers

Advertising, public relations, and marketing firms

Retail service and merchandise companies

Private equity, venture capital, film funds, and strategic investors

Financial institutions and service providers

SERVICE AREAS

Litigation

  • Represent clients in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and mediations, including proceedings before the Independent Film & Television Alliance and the California Labor Commissioner
  • Provide litigation counsel in dozens of subfields, including accounting, profit participation and royalty disputes, antitrust, commercial disputes, class actions, unfair competition, First Amendment, false advertising, rights of privacy and publicity, trademark, other intellectual property matters, employment, governmental investigations, defamation, and insurance coverage

Transactions

  • Lead mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
  • Handle complex film financings
  • Provide guidance to maximize and monetize production, infrastructure and tax-related incentives, rebates, refunds and credits under federal, state, provincial, local, municipal and other applicable statutes, legislation, laws and regulations pertaining to film and television production
  • Negotiate the sale of media rights
  • Assist with acquisitions and sale of media catalogues, and name and likeness rights
  • Serve as television and motion picture production counsel from project inception through distribution
  • Advise clients on business development, media initiatives, multi-platform content creation, brand management, and consumer and retail marketing strategies
  • Negotiate and draft agreements for sponsorship, collaboration, merchandising, licensing, confidentiality, employment, and content distribution on behalf of talent, writers, directors, producers, managers, agents, production, financing and distribution companies, and networks in the motion picture and television industry
  • Assist with financing, insurance, accounting, and taxation matters
  • Negotiate and draft record, publishing, producer, management, distribution, touring, merchandising, sponsorship, licensing, and internet agreements

Corporate and Regulatory

  • Counsel clients on advertising, marketing, and telecommunications regulations
  • Provide government relations services
  • Offer sophisticated antitrust, tax, and corporate compliance counseling
  • Advise clients on employment and labor law regulations specific to the industry
  • Promote and protect intellectual property rights, including copyrights and trademarks
  • Assist with energy, environmental, and utilities law compliance

RELATED PRACTICES

  • Real Estate
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

 

Experience

Publications

DOJ Warns Academy that Excluding Streaming Platforms from Awards Eligibility May Violate Sherman Act [Alert]

April 10, 2019

David Reichenberg, Alex Kargher, and Matthew Kinskey discuss the recent letter sent by the Chief of DOJ Antitrust to the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences threatening potential antitrust scrutiny should the Academy change its eligibility requirements to exclude streaming platforms from the Oscars.

Copyright Act's Application to Internet Television Broadcasts [The American Lawyer]

February 27, 2014

In an article titled "Copyright Act's Application to Internet Television Broadcasts," Stephen Miller, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, and Thomas Leonard, an associate in the firm's Litigation Department, discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision on whether Aereo's system of transmitting television programs over the Internet violates the Copyright Act. The ruling could have a seismic impact on the television industry and how Americans view television shows.

Fifty Shades of Copyright [Intellectual Property Magazine]

May 13, 2013

David B Sunshine and J Trevor Cloak explain what fan fiction authors need to know about copyright protection.

Summer 2008 [Sports and Entertainment Observer]

August 14, 2008

The summer is almost over, and the entertainment industry has made it through the Writers Guild of America's strike, which we previously outlined in the Fall 2007 issue.

Sports and Entertainment Law Observer [Fall 2007]

November 07, 2007

Specifically, in this issue, we examine two topics currently at the forefront of the sports and entertainment industries. First, we explore the ongoing strike between the Writers Guild and the Association of Motion Picture and Televisions Producers. Next, we outline the various immigration issues and options for foreign athletes who seek employment in the United States.

Slugging Through Boxing's Contactual Minefields: Practical Solutions to Restore a Great Sport [Entertainment & Sports Lawyer]

August 30, 2007

Slugging Through Boxing's Contactual Minefields: Practical Solutions to Restore a Great Sport - Entertainment & Sports Lawyer - As an aspiring screenwriter, expression misappropriation in the screenwriting field strikes a particular chord with me. If any aspect of entertainment is unglamorous, it is the life of a screenwriter-particularly the unknown screenwriter. Unknown screenwriters rarely have resources (or the talent) to turn their manuscripts into motion pictures.

Remarks of Adam C. Bonin, Esq. Cozen O'Connor [Campaign Finance Law, Issue Advocacy and the Supreme Court]

April 12, 2007

Remarks of Adam C. Bonin, Esq. Cozen O'Connor - Campaign Finance Law, Issue Advocacy and the Supreme Court - Remarks from a panel discussion held last Thursday, April 12, 2007, at the American Constitution Society, regarding the upcoming Supreme Court arguments in FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Museums: Culture and Construction

May 22, 2014 - Webinar

Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans

June 20, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN

In The News

Contacts

Larry P. Laubach

Chair, Corporate Practice Group

llaubach@cozen.com

(215) 665-4666

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