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Entertainment and Media

We know Entertainment and Media. Whether representing athletes, artists, authors, production companies, or others, we level the playing field and win cases that defy “business as usual” in major media company disputes. Our entertainment litigators excel at working with media’s many constituencies—transactional lawyers, business managers, personal managers, and agents, as well as their clients. Our work on both sides of the courtroom sharpens our ability to anticipate the other side’s strategy. This acuity lets us take an entrepreneurial approach to fees and share financial risk when appropriate. Our clients also benefit from our internal financial resources, particularly in disputes around audits, profit participation, and licensing. As entertainment litigators, we leverage our fresh perspective on the industry’s often insular practices to help protect and defend the fruit of our clients’ talent.

Entertainment and Media Experience

Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, Musicians, and Athletes
  • Contract disputes
  • Enforcement of personal services contracts
  • Entertainment guild disputes
  • Profit participation
  • Other accounting disputes
  • Privacy rights and publicity defamation
  • Talent Agencies Act disputes

Extensive experience representing high-profile talent

Advertising Agencies
  • Advertising compliance
  • Copyright infringement
  • Guild issues
  • Licensing disputes
  • Rights of publicity
  • Trade dress, trademark, and unfair competition

Creative, effective counsel, representation, and resolutions of agency issues

Domestic and International Arbitration
  • American Arbitration Association
  • California Labor Commissioner
  • Independent Film and Television Alliance

Representing clients in complex domestic arbitrations in tribunals throughout the United States and around the world

Broadcasters and Content Providers
  • Broadcast and access-rights disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Licensing agreements
  • Non-entertainment company IP
  • Rights acquisition and enforcement for non-media companies

Innovative approaches and business-changing solutions to industry disputes

  • Licenses and agreements
  • Copyright and trademark infringement
  • Copyright termination issues
  • Internet rights and Digital Millennium Copyright Act enforcement

Legal and business guidance for copyright disputes and issues

Motion Picture and Television Production
  • Contract, licensing, financing, and distribution disputes
  • Credit claims
  • Employment disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Profit participation

Representing independent motion picture and television production and distribution company clients

Music Video Production
  • Competitor unlawful talent
  • Employment disputes
  • Label payment disputes
  • Post-production dispute
  • Special-effects IP
  • Trade secret
  • Unfair competition claims

Representing commercial and music video production companies and individual commercial and music video directors and producers

Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy
  • Acquisition/sales
  • Committee representation
  • Creditor representation
  • Debtor representation
  • Restructuring and workout

Representing creditors, debtors, and other constituents in complex restructuring and business bankruptcy cases

Talent Agents, Personal Managers, and Individual Managers
  • Screen Actors Guild
  • AFTR
  • Directors Guild
  • Writers Guild West
  • Actor’s Equity

Agency representation for industry group disputes

Trademark, Brand, and Advertising Litigation
  • Social and transmedia best practices
  • Product placement issues
  • Trade dress protection

Vigorous protection of key brand assets from infringement and unfair competition

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Entertainment and Media Case Results

Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Business Litigation/Royalties and Accounting
Trademark, Advertising and Brand Litigation

Entertainment and Media Resources


September 20, 2017

Robins Kaplan LLP today filed an Amended Complaint detailing allegations that The Walt Disney Company and Pixar misappropriated the central concept and characters behind the animated hit movie Inside Out.


July 17, 2015

A copyright dispute surrounding the hit song "Blurred Lines" could have significant consequences for the music industry.


October 2, 2015

The authors discuss Fox’s preemptive strike against Empire Distribution in light of court precedents on declaratory judgments in trademark disputes.


December 11, 2014

Key appellate best practices (disguised as New Year’s resolutions) from Eric Magnuson, former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.