Entertainment Law

Effectively Serving The Legal Needs Of The Entertainment Industry And All Its Creative Players

The Calhoun Law Firm, PLC, provides entertainment industry clients with legal counsel and representation in transactional and dispute resolution matters.

Entertainment transactional legal matters are focused on forming arrangements amongst interested parties; formalizing those arrangements in contracts or agreements; and later executing per the terms established.  Arrangements may focus on commercial transactions, hiring and managing employees, managing intellectual property, conducting E-commerce, business structuring, and enterprise operations.

Entertainment dispute resolution matters are focused on resolving conflicts between two or more parties. Conflicts occur when a party violates the terms of a contract, or once a party’s wrongful acts result in injury to someone’s property or reputation.  Legal representation is provided during negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and litigation conducted to resolve the dispute.

Our entertainment clients count on us for legal counsel and representation in matters involving:

  • Entertainment Enterprise Formation and Structuring
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Intellectual Property
  • E-commerce
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation
  • Crisis Management

Entertainment Enterprise Formation and Structuring Law

We provide general business formation law advice to entertainment industry clients and counsel them on entertainment industry unique business formation matters.

Guidance is provided on business formation considerations common to a variety of businesses including business structure selection, business purchase, franchise purchase, succession planning, business dissolution, and resolving business formation disputes.  Additional details on these topics are provided in the practice area description of business formation.

Additionally, entertainment specific business formation counseling is provided on matters that include:

  • Film special purpose entities created to accomplish singular objectives, such as production for a film. Usually, a limited liability company or a limited partnership.
  • Film joint venture contractual arrangement between the participants in a film venture which restricts the authority of each participant to act for the other.
  • Strategic collaborations between members of peripheral media sectors, with the goal of providing new market prospects and revenues that are mutually beneficial to both parties. These collaborations may involve exclusivity, development, integration, and marketing duties.
  • Our firm has experience managing all facets of the document-intensive process that is involved in private mergers and acquisitions, and we recommend it to businesses that are considering such transactions. We assist clients in ensuring that their transaction goes smoothly.
  • Sale and acquisition of content and media-based companies requiring compliance with licensing and regulation requirements, and analysis of present and future business organization impacts.

Entertainment Contract Law

We provide general contract law advice to entertainment industry clients and counsel them on entertainment industry unique contract matters.

Guidance is provided on contract considerations common to a variety of businesses including contract negotiation, contract drafting, contract review, and resolving contract disputes.  Additional details on these topics are provided in the practice area description of contracts.

Additionally, entertainment specific contract counseling is provided on matters that include:

  • Band Member Agreements
  • Live Performance Agreements
  • Music, Film and TV Contracts
  • Film Pilot and Series Agreements
  • Film Pre-Sale Agreements
  • Recording Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Producer Agreements
  • Personal and Business Management Agreements
  • Work for Hire Agreements
  • Option and Purchase Agreements
  • Film Co-Production Agreements
  • Joint Composer Agreement

Entertainment Commercial Transaction Law

We provide general commercial transaction law advice to entertainment industry clients and counsel them on entertainment industry unique commercial transaction matters.

Guidance is provided on commercial transaction considerations common to a variety of businesses including negotiating commercial agreements, formalizing commercial agreements, executing commercial transactions, and resolving commercial transaction disputes.  Additional details on these topics are provided in the practice area description of commercial transactions.

Additionally, entertainment specific commercial transaction counseling is provided on matters that include:

  • Securing Life Story Rights
  • Film Option
  • Film Distribution
  • Music Publishing
  • Tour Agreements
  • Film Soundtracks
  • Syndication
  • Music and film content catalog sales
  • Live performances

Entertainment Intellectual Property Law

We provide general intellectual property law advice to entertainment industry clients and counsel them on entertainment industry unique intellectual property matters.

Guidance is provided on intellectual property considerations common to a variety of businesses including acquiring trademarks, acquiring copyrights, protecting trade secrets, licensing intellectual property, purchasing intellectual property, and intellectual property dispute resolution.   Additional details on these topics are provided in the practice area description of intellectual property.

Additionally, entertainment specific intellectual property counseling is provided on matters that include:

  • Film Rights Clearance and Acquisition Matters
  • Music Licensing Agreements
  • Band Name and Record Label Trademark Protection
  • Merchandising and Sponsorship Agreement
  • Intellectual Property Assets Analysis
  • Content Licensing
  • Character Licensing
  • Synch Licenses

Entertainment Employment Law

Compliance with employment statutes and regulations is an essential component of operating a successful entertainment enterprise. We provide employment legal counsel to film producers, production companies, broadcast companies, music producers, record companies, video game companies, electronic content providers, theaters, and venues covering a wide range of federal, state, and local employee / independent contractor legal issues including:

  • Establishing guidelines for determining workforce employee / independent contractor classifications and creating Employment Contracts / Independent Contractor Agreements defining employment duration, benefits, compensation, and grounds for termination, and specific issues including who owns work products produced while on the clock.
  • Drafting Employee-Handbooks defining a company’s culture, setting on-job expectations for employees, and notifying employees of their rights under the law. The handbook defines the company’s processes and procedures for hiring and separation, wages and overtime, promotions and performance reviews, medical and parental leave, required on-job behaviors and discipline, discrimination and harassment, trade secrets and confidentiality, and fringe benefits.
  • Developing and conducting training programs for both supervisory and non-supervisory employees focused on wage and work hour compliance, performance management, harassment prevention and remediation, substance abuse in the workplace, interviewing and hiring, and equal opportunity.

Entertainment E-commerce Law

We provide general E-commerce law advice to entertainment industry clients and counsel them on entertainment industry unique E-commerce matters.

Guidance is provided on E-commerce considerations common to a variety of businesses including online advertising compliance, online consumer privacy protection, domain name management, and website creation.  Additional details on these topics are provided in the practice area description of internet, E-commerce.

Additionally, entertainment specific E-commerce counseling is provided on matters that include:

  • Content Downloads
  • Mobile Applications
  • Content Streaming
  • Ringtones
  • Kiosks

Entertainment Dispute Resolution and Litigation Law

We provide general dispute resolution advice to entertainment industry clients and counsel them on entertainment industry unique dispute resolution matters.

Guidance is provided on dispute resolution considerations common to a variety of businesses including negotiations, mediation, arbitration, litigation, and appeals.  Additional details on these topics are provided in the practice area description of dispute resolution and litigation.

Additionally, entertainment specific dispute resolution counseling is provided on matters that include:

  • Royalty auditing
  • Film Fair Use
  • Film Digital Distribution
  • Film Defamation, Privacy and Right of Publicity
  • Misappropriation and Infringement

Entertainment Crisis Management

We provide general crisis management advice to entertainment industry clients and counsel them on entertainment industry unique crisis management matters.

Guidance is provided on crisis management considerations common to a variety of businesses including crisis recognition and characterization, crisis response system activation, and incident management.  Additional details on these topics are provided in the practice area description of crisis management.

Additionally, entertainment specific crisis management counseling is provided on matters that include:

  • Band Partnerships and Band Relationships
  • Publicity and Privacy

Contacting The Calhoun Law Firm, PLC

If our capabilities match your needs, we invite you to contact us today by one of these means:

  • Call us at 877-455-6344 to evaluate our capabilities to address your situation.
  • Submit an inquiry via our Contact Us Form to brief your situation and needs.
  • Schedule a 45-minute legal Consultation via our client portal to review your situation and approaches by which your objectives can be met.