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Athletes

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Directors

Distributors

Financiers

Internet entrepreneurs

Managers and management

Media-buying companies

Motion picture studios

Music artists

Payroll companies

Personal agents

Post-production companies

Production companies

Radio producers

Sound stages

Special effects companies

Talent (of all kinds)

Talent agencies

Television producers

Writers

 

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Advertising and sponsorships

    Branding relationships and opportunities

    Co-Ventures

    Entertainment property marketing and distribution

    Joint ventures with nonprofits

    Marketing and advertising campaigns

    Product placement

    Sponsorships

Business planning

    Formation and Operations

    Mergers and acquisitions

    Partnership agreements

    Strategic alliances

Entertainment professionals

    Asset contributions

    Charitable planning
    Choice of entity

    Estate and tax planning

    Income tax issues

    International tax issues
    Privacy

    Tax controversies

Litigation and dispute resolution

    Breach-of-contract

    Claim prevention

    Copyrights and trademarks

    Discrimination

    Fraud

    Intellectual property disputes

    Labor and employment issues

    Libel, slander and First Amendment issues

    Trade secrets

    Unfair competition

    Wage-and-hour claims

    Wrongful termination

Product development and production

    Advertising

    Contract negotiations

    Development and production funding

    Financing
    IP Litigation

    Licensing and Distribution

    Merchandising

    Post-production

    Project development

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    Entertainment Industry Professionals

    protecting the interests of those in or behind the spotlight


    Professionals in arts, entertainment, media and sports can face challenging legal issues. Their personal and business concerns often involve complex matters that span taxation and wealth planning, business transactions, intellectual property, labor and employment matters and dispute resolution. All of these issues must be expertly handled in a manner that provides the utmost regard for both their celebrity and their privacy.

    We understand the issues professionals in the entertainment industry confront and the challenges they face. Our attorneys work side-by-side with business and personal managers, agents, attorneys and other advisors who represent professional entertainers, athletes and others in these high-profile industries. Whether structuring a business transaction, negotiating an employment agreement, creating an estate plan or closing a sponsorship deal, we provide informed and effective legal counsel.

    A FULL SUITE OF SERVICES FOR THOSE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

    Full Suite of Services

    Sound advice to preserve success.

    With success comes responsibility. Your clients' tax strategies should be optimized. Their retirements should be secure. Their families should be provided for. Their charitable giving should be carefully thought out. We work alongside you to provide informed guidance on the litany of tax- and business-related needs your clients face.

    Our industry experience enables our attorneys to deliver tax planning that recognizes issues unique to entertainment and sports professionals. It also means estate planning expertise to manage the challenges faced by high net worth individuals, retirement planning that incorporates an array of sophisticated compensation and equity arrangements, and charitable planning that brings creativity to the range of options.

    Helping your clients build on their success.

    As your clients branch out and build on their successes, their business and legal needs broaden. Venable's attorneys have substantial expertise in these special businesses and are veterans in representing a range of enterprises throughout these industries. In other words, we have the industry savvy to help you keep your clients' interests secure.

    We provide strategic advice and counsel to clients across a broad range of business transaction issues. We guide you and your client through the nuances of the process, advising on such matters as business formation, choice of business entity, contracts and agreements, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships and more.

    Protecting your client's name, work and brand.

    Trademark and copyright issues arise frequently for entertainment and sports professionals. Since your client's name, likeness and right of publicity is his or her brand, we work with you to help you protect it.

    When someone asks to use your client's creation, or to work with your client in a sponsorship, co-venture or co-branding opportunity, trademark, copyright and licensing issues are present. We help ensure that your client achieves maximum benefit while protecting and enhancing the value of his or her good name.

    Unfortunately, disputes in this area are not uncommon. When one arises, we work closely with you and your client to address all options, up to and including litigation. Should a matter proceed to litigation, we'll devise a strategy that balances a strong advocacy on behalf of your client's needs with the sensitivity that such matters demand.

    Guiding your client through complex employment situations.

    A carefully drafted employment agreement is critical for the protection of your clients' interests. Occasionally, however, situations can arise that require the advice of counsel experienced in employment matters.

    We'll help you navigate through challenging employment contract matters to obtain a result that is in your client's best interest. In addition, we help entertainment professionals in an array of labor issues, including dealing with pertinent union/guild matters and various litigation needs.

    Assistance in resolving disputes.

    Legal disputes are an unfortunate reality. While negotiation may be desirable, it is not always effective in achieving optimal results. When faced with such a situation, we draw on the strengths of a firm-wide team of over 200 litigators to work diligently alongside you to ensure that your clients achieve the best possible result.

    Particular strengths of our team include litigating breach of contract claims, intellectual property disputes, labor and employment concerns, and libel, slander and First Amendment issues.

    Whether you need assistance structuring or enforcing a business contract, devising a charitable planning strategy or negotiating an endorsement campaign, Venable can help. We combine experience in the media, entertainment and sports industries with an understanding of Hollywood’s business and political landscapes. These qualities distinguish our practice and enable us to offer practical, knowledgeable counsel to clients across this dynamic field.