September 12, 2019

Venable Launches Close-Ups Entertainment and Media Blog

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LOS ANGELES (September 12, 2019) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce the launch of Close-Ups, an entertainment and media blog that provides commentary on legal and business issues, trends, and news affecting the industry. Close-Ups will deliver the insight production companies, distributors, television networks, news reporters, motion picture studios, talent agencies, management companies, and talent (including actors, behind-the-camera personnel, musicians, athletes, and other influencers) need to navigate the many legal issues that arise in today's dynamic entertainment and media landscape.

The team of editors and writers who will produce Close-Ups are armed with deep industry knowledge of the business practices and legal issues as well as the key players in Hollywood; they include Los Angeles-based attorneys Alan J. Epstein, Lee S. Brenner, Paul S. Bernstein, David E. Fink, and Shane P. Nix. Coverage will include resolving and avoiding disputes; structuring, negotiating, and documenting complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financing and joint ventures, and influencer deals; developing effective business planning strategies; creating co-branding, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities; managing and protecting intellectual property assets, including copyright and trademarks, and advising on right-of-publicity issues; handling breach-of-contract, fraud, accounting, and unfair competition disputes; managing libel, slander, privacy and related First Amendment issues; and tax planning and estate and wealth planning, all with an industry focus.

Mr. Epstein, chair of the firm's Entertainment and Media Group, said, "Venable has established itself as an entertainment and media powerhouse with the capability to navigate the many disparate issues affecting the industry, both in the United States and abroad. We are excited to bring these perspectives together in one place and present our readers with nuanced analysis that will help them maintain and build upon their success and be prepared for the industry disruption that is surrounding us."

Mr. Brenner, chair of the firm's Entertainment and Media Litigation Group, added, "Close-Ups will offer a unique opportunity to deliver real-time commentary on developments within the entertainment and media industries. Our editors will use the same innovative and creative approach that our attorneys are known for bringing to the courtroom. We look forward to growing this blog as we continue to find new ways to add value to our legal services."

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Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, high-net-worth entrepreneurs, and other individuals. With more than 850 professionals across the country, including California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' objectives in the U.S. and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit