Entertainment Law

For almost 20 years, we have been involved in a wide array of entertainment law sectors including music, film, television, theater, fashion and print media. We are also involved in entertainment finance and investment.

Our legal work runs the gamut from representing an entertainer during contract negotiations, to helping fashion businesses protect their trade secrets, and to supporting print media entrepreneurs become skilled at navigating the emerging electronic marketplace. Our numerous industry contacts support our ability to make entertainment industry introductions and help newcomers develop the relationships they need to launch and evolve their careers.

Our clients

– include individuals and companies in music, film, television, stage, print media, and fashion such as Oscar-nominated directors and producers, production companies, managers and support personnel, Grammy-nominated musicians, actors, performers, reality personalities, top music producers, authors, fashion designers, fashion models, and the like.

What we Do

Music Industry

We use our music industry contacts and years of experience with music producers, publishing companies, songwriters, artists, musicians, managers, distribution companies for music, record labels, and others to shape, grow, and maintain music careers. We navigate our clients with confidence, as insiders, through the complex world of the music industry. We know how to contact major record labels. We have contacts with the major independent labels and major hip hop record labels. We have contacts at all the major music distribution companies. We protect our clients and their intellectual property.

Our music industry entertainment law practice focuses on the following areas of expertise:

 

  • Recording and Distribution Agreements
  • Producer and Production Agreements
  • Licensing and Internet Selling Agreements
  • Agency Negotiations and Management
  • Representation Agreements
  • Dual Release Agreements with Record Labels
  • Employment Agreements
  • Live Engagement and Touring Agreements
  • Talent Agreements
  • Intra-Group Agreements
  • Music and Sampling Clearances
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Royalty and Participation Audits
  • Trademark and Copyright Counseling,
  • Prosecution and Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Negotiations for Charity Appearances and
  • Philanthropic Activities

Boddie & Associates

Film Industry

We have years of experience in the film industry, marked by close relationships with a multitude of directors, actors, producers, and prominent members of major film studios. These relationships aid us in creating the right production structure, acquiring rights, engaging talent, and negotiating options, development, and sequels. We specialize in film financing, production and distribution, including box office releases, acquisition of licenses, and royalty payments.

Our film industry legal services include:

  • Book-to-Film Deals
  • Film Financing, Production, and Distribution
  • Acquisition licenses
  • Partnership, producer, and production agreements
  • Joint Development Agreements
  • Talent Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Management Agreements
  • Merchandising Agreements
  • Royalty and Participation Audits
  • New Media and Communications Negotiations
  • Trademark and Copyright Counseling,
  • Prosecution, and Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Protecting Privacy and Publicity Rights for Clients and their Heirs

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Broadcast Television

Our years of experience have allowed us to create and foster close relationships with a multitude of television producers, directors, actors, entertainers, reality TV personalities, broadcast networks, talent agents, managers, and others involved in the television industry. We take into consideration and understand that every transaction, every deal, has multiple layers and participants. Our services are flexible, personal, and collaborative. We help our clients plan their television careers and enhance their wealth through careful investment strategies. We offer practical advice for wise decision-making. We counsel on everything, such as incorporating, selecting the right production company, negotiating the distribution contracts, and auditing the royalty and participation results.

 

Our broadcast television services include the following:

  • Network and Cable Broadcast Television
  • Licensing Contracts
  • Talent Agreements
  • Partnership Arrangements
  • Producer and Production Agreements
  • Film Distribution Deals
  • Digital Distribution Deals
  • Employment Agreements
  • Talent Agency Negotiations and
  • Management Agreements
  • Merchandising Agreements
  • Royalty and Participation Audits
  • Guild Arbitration Representation
  • Protecting Privacy and Publicity Rights for Clients and their Heirs
  • New Media and Communications Negotiations
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Trademark and Copyright Counseling, Prosecution and Litigation

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Theatrical Productions

We represent producers, directors, playwrights, performers, set and costume designers, theater owners, licensing organizations, theatrical agents, not-for-profit theaters, and investors involved in stage productions for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional, and touring productions.

 

We provide an entire array of legal services for theatrical productions including the following:

  • Agreements for Stage Rights and Services
  • Theatrical Financing and Production
  • Book-to-Film Deals
  • Joint Venture and Partnership Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Talent Agreements
  • Talent Agent Negotiations and
  • Management Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Merchandising Agreements
  • Touring Agreements
  • New Media and Communications
  • Royalty and Participation Audits
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Trademark and Copyright Counseling,
  • Prosecution, and Litigation

Boddie Associates

Fashion Industry

The interface between fashion and entertainment is compelling, each industry feeding the other. So it is with our law firm, with practices in both fashion and entertainment law. In both, we help creative people in the fashion industry realize their professional dreams through hard work, industry relationships, and legal counsel that is nimble and knowledgeable. We understand the inner workings of fashion, from emerging fashion trends to international sources to manufacturing to the distribution of product worldwide. Fashion is a not just a creative endeavor, it is a vigorous business that is constantly evolving.

We provide legal representation and counsel on all aspects of the fashion business including the following:

  • Licensing
  • Sourcing Agreements, both Domestic and Foreign
  • Distribution Agreements and Trade Issues
  • International Business and International Trade
  • International Trade Laws and Regulations
  • Taxation of International Transactions
  • Franchising
  • Showroom Transaction Audits
  • Sales Representative Agreements
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Partnership Arrangements
  • Patenting Intellectual Property
  • Trade Secret Protection
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Trademark Law

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Print and Electronic Media

Print media is a growth industry full of opportunity, an evolving enterprise that employs traditional forms of marketing and advertising as well as internet technology as new pathways to publication and distribution are being forged. Such expansion defies convention and shapes new and different modes of operation for the author and publisher.

Fraught with exponential change, the print media industry needs legal advice and representation that is both nimble and current on judicial decisions that affect it. Here is where we can help. We work on the front lines, helping our clients navigate uncharted territory to achieve their publishing goals.

We provide legal representation and counsel on all aspects of print and electronic media including the following:

  • Acquisition of Rights
  • Licensing
  • Talent Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Publishing and Distribution Agreements
  • Development and Management
  • Agreements
  • Partnership Arrangements
  • Online Commercial Venture Agreements
  • Online Advertising
  • Email Marketing
  • First Amendment, Civil rights and
  • Freedom of Speech Issues
  • Branding, Marketing and Advertising

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Global Entertainment Finance and Investment

The cross-over between our securities practice area and our entertainment law practice area has produced impressive results in that we have been able to provide investment dollars for film, television, stage, and music ventures. Many investors wish to find alternative financing that offers a good return on investment. Many in the entertainment industry have creative ventures that build upon past successes and reputation. The marriage between them is a happy one.

We offer the following finance and investment services:

  • Film Financing, Production, and Distribution
  • Television Financing, Production, and Distribution
  • Theater Financing, Production, and Distribution
  • Investment and Financing Agreements
  • Financial Regulatory Compliance
  • Escrow and Paymaster Services

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Protection of Intellectual Property

The field of intellectual property protection is constantly being redefined by the challenges presented courts from a variety of creative sources wishing to protect themselves and their work products. Do you have creative endeavors that are at risk? Are you the head of a company whose employees are being lured away by competitors seeking information about your trade secrets? Did someone already take your idea and use it?

We can provide the most current thinking on intellectual property infringement because we stay at the forefront of the evolution in intellectual property law. We will point out the many options available to our clients, including defensive and offensive strategies, proceedings before the US Patent Office Board of Patent Appeals and interferences and the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and litigation if all else fails. Intellectual property litigation is about individual rights and the protection of those rights. We represent people in the fields of music, film, television, theater, fashion, and publishing.

We offer the following intellectual property services:

  • Rights of Privacy and Publicity
  • Unfair Competition
  • Intellectual Property infringement
  • Patenting Intellectual Property
  • Trade Secret Protection
  • Theft of Ideas
  • Trademark and Copyright Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation

Get A Free Consultation Today

We are a solid team of professionals and love to get things done quickly and effective! If you have any questions feel free to contact us to receive a free consultation today!

info@boddieassoc.com
40 Exchange Place, Suite 1800, New-York
+1 (212) 480 7652

New York

40 Exchange Place, Suite 1800

New York, NY 10005

Local: 212-480-7652

Fax: 646-349-2933

Atlanta

235 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 400

Atlanta, GA 30303

Toll Free: 888-769-4773

Fax: 646-349-2933

Los Angeles

10940 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1600

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Toll Free: 888-769-4773

Local: 310-873-3722

Fax: 323-999-5143