Entertainment, Media & Sports
Lewis Brisbois’ Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice is a multidisciplinary, full-service team serving individuals and institutions. Our attorneys are highly skilled and experienced in all facets of the entertainment, media, and sports universe, including motion pictures (features and documentaries), television (scripted and non-scripted), intellectual property (copyrights and trademarks), digital media, literary publishing, podcasts, music recording and publishing, live entertainment, digital media, and branded entertainment.
We represent film studios, sports franchises, television networks, media production and distribution entities, talent agencies, management companies, producers, writers, directors, actors, athletes, performing artists, financiers, record labels, musicians, songwriters, and other content creators.
In addition to transactions, our team offers strategic litigation and liability counseling services. Our attorneys advise companies about liability concerns and have prosecuted and defended complex intellectual property infringement and termination actions involving iconic content. Our litigators are involved with disputes between actors and studios or networks, disputes between production companies and distributors, disputes between artists and managers, disputes between record labels, band dissolutions, and various conflicts between recording artists and labels.
Moreover, Lewis Brisbois has successfully negotiated recording contracts for artists and independent labels, television contracts, and writer and sales agreements, including option agreements for screenplays. Our Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice also provides copyright and trademark services in the entertainment context. We provide copyright registration services for songwriters, recording artists, podcasters, artists, producers and directors, writers, and other entertainment creators. The trademark services that we provide include searches and opinions regarding the availability and registration of marks, the preparation, filing, and prosecution of applications, oppositions, cancellations, and concurrent use agreements. The team also routinely handles acquisitions and clearances.
Our areas of focus include:
- Amateur and Professional Athlete Agreements
- Authors and Literary Publishing
- Branded Entertainment and Partnerships
- Copyrights and Trademarks
- Corporate and Securities
- Defamation / Privacy and Publicity Rights
- Digital Media and Technology
- Documentaries and Other Non-Fiction Series & Films
- Executive Employment Agreements
- General Liability Counseling
- Licensing, Merchandising, and Celebrity Endorsements
- Live Theater
- Motion Pictures
- Music (Live, Recorded, and Published)
- Performing Arts
- Professional Sports Franchises
- Purchase of Entertainment Companies and Catalogs
- Talent Representation
- Television Production and Distribution
- Venue Finance and Operations