Experienced Legal Advocacy In Entertainment Law
To the rest of the world, it’s entertainment. But from the inside, it’s business. If you make your livelihood in the entertainment industry, competition is fierce and success is hard to sustain. You need every advantage you can get, including solid legal counsel to protect your contractual rights and intellectual property.
My 35-plus years of experience in business law includes substantial work in the niche area of entertainment law. I am a member of the Entertainment and Sports Section of the Texas Bar Association, with a diverse clientele that includes:
- Talent agencies, record labels and film companies
- Movie, TV and music production companies
- Actors, athletes, musicians, screenwriters and other talents
Consulting For Entertainment Contracts And Agreements
I have negotiated, drafted and reviewed all manner of entertainment contracts and agreements. These documents are the lifeblood of the industry, but also a major source of disputes. My goal is to protect your interests and to make sure that any contractual arrangements are clear and enforceable.
I am knowledgeable about personal service agreements, licensing agreements, manager and agent contracts, contracts for rights, royalties contracts and more.
Trademarks, Copyrights And Intellectual Property
When you work in entertainment, one of the most important commodities is intellectual property. The images, words and ideas your company creates are some of your most profitable assets, and they need to be protected. A Houston business attorney will be able to defend you against copyright infringement. If an individual or another business uses or reproduces your script, movie, show, or other intellectual property without your express permission, they may have committed copyright infringement.
If this is the case, you need an attorney to protect your material as quickly as possible. You should also have your entertainment law attorney draft your important documents like screenplay option agreements, producer contracts or any other legal paperwork so that it safeguards your business and sets it up for long-term success. I have been practicing business law for more than 30 years counseling clients in the entertainment industry.
Protecting Your Intellectual Property
Intellectual property issues and entertainment law can be complicated, but my experience makes me able to put your company in a position of strength. I am licensed to practice in Texas and Oklahoma and will work to solve any problems you encounter with clearance of rights, product placement, your artistic or media content or any other aspect of entertainment law.
If your company has a trademark, you need an experienced attorney to negotiate your trademark contracts. Your lawyer can also complete the trademark registration process if you are ready to file. Protecting your ideas and products is vital to the survival of your entertainment-based company.
Safeguarding Your Rights Of Publicity