From Los Angeles to New York and Washington, DC, Venable has established a national top-tier entertainment and media litigation practice. We have substantial experience with disputes that involve trademarks, copyrights, First Amendment, idea submission, defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, guild disputes, profit participation, vertical integration claims, royalty payments, violations of the Talent Agencies Act, and interpretation and enforcement of talent, executive, distribution, film, and recording contracts.
Our entertainment and media litigators are supported by an extensive team of trial attorneys, all of whom are distinguished for their tenacity and the ability to try the most simple or complex cases. Each of our entertainment and media litigators has a stellar reputation in the courtroom, among the firm's clients, among their peers, and in the community. What sets Venable's entertainment and media litigators apart from their peers is the level of "think-outside-the box" creativity they bring to resolving matters for clients.
Venable's entertainment and media litigators' innovative and creative approach to problem solving uniquely qualifies them to assist those in such creative industries as entertainment and media. This enables us to handle litigation and legal matters on the forefront of entertainment law. Venable regularly handles cases involving subject matter with little settled law, establishing important precedents in state and federal courts.
Venable provides legal service to a wide array of entertainment and media clients, including a significant number of Hollywood's "A-list" talent, producers, directors, talent agencies, personal managers, studios, television networks, distributors, financiers and production companies, recording artists, and music publishing companies. Because we are a full-service firm, we are able to access the knowledge of attorneys in other departments to support our entertainment and media clients, such as tax, corporate, and estate planning.
Intellectual property protection is unique in the entertainment industry. Venable prosecutes and defends our entertainment clients' copyright, trademark, right of publicity, trade dress infringement and idea submission claims, and other intellectual property infringement concerns. We provide assertive counsel on claims, on behalf of celebrities, that involve intentional interference with contracts and invasion of privacy protections. We also manage conflicts over rights acquisitions, the engagement of talent, exploitation, and distribution.
Venable's West Coast litigation team comprises attorneys who have spent decades navigating California's state and federal courts and the ADR system advocating on behalf of their clients. We are experienced trial attorneys who practice across a wide range of issues, including advertising and marketing, commercial litigation, class actions, intellectual property disputes, product liability, entertainment industry matters, real estate issues, white collar criminal defense, employment matters, and wage-and-hour claims.