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Entertainment, Media & Sports


Practice Leader

Our attorneys have significant collective experience in a plethora of entertainment, media, and sports matters, and have represented clients in transactions stemming from all types of contracts, negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, as well as other dispute resolution.

Overview

The attorneys in Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law Group are well-versed in the unique issues and challenges facing those in the entertainment, media, and sports industries.

Our attorneys have significant collective experience in a plethora of entertainment, media, and sports matters, and have represented clients in transactions stemming from all types of contracts, negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, as well as other dispute resolution.

They have expertise in areas including print media, literary, music, television, motion picture, broadcast and cable television, radio, advertisement/branding. Other areas of concentration include but are not limited to, fine art, and digital technologies.

Entertainment Law

  • Sponsorship and Endorsement Agreements
  • Film and Television Production Agreements
  • Celebrity Employment Contracts
  • Artist Management Agreements
  • Book Distribution Agreements
  • Sale and Acquisition of Professional Sports Teams
  • Author-Agent Agreements
  • Copyright/Trademark Ownership, Registration and Enforcement
  • Film and Television Development Agreements
  • Talent/Management Disputes
  • Co-Promotion and Strategic Alliances
  • Composer/Music Publishing Agreements
  • Restraining Orders and Other Types of Litigation
  • Right to Privacy/Publicity
  • Composer/Music Publishing Agreements
  • Restraining Orders and Other Types of Litigation
  • Right to Privacy/Publicity
  • Tax and Labor Law

Our attorneys are pioneers and leaders in the field of entertainment law, who have handled virtually every type of transaction that an entertainment or media business may require, including music recording and publishing agreements, producer agreements, music licenses for film and television, artist intra-band agreements, scripted and non-scripted television and film production agreements, on-screen and crew talent agreements for a myriad of media, management agreements, work-for-hire agreements, personal appearance agreements, book publishing agreements, name and likeness, and endorsement agreements.

Our firm understands that a career in the entertainment industry comes with peaks and valleys, and we are committed to counseling entertainment clients by fostering long-term goals. We also work to create enduring business relationships by and among the members of a group of creative individuals and entities.

Co-chair Ronald S. Bienstock has represented artists, songwriters, composers, bands, producers, engineers, managers, on-screen talent, models, fiction and non-fiction writers, studios, media production companies, music, recording and publishing companies, television production companies, new media and internet companies in various emerging markets, and non-profit organizations, amongst others, in all of their entertainment-related business matters. As part of our entertainment law and transactional practice, we obtain innovative and creative results for our clients.

Our team has provided legal counseling, negotiations, strategy, media supervision and crisis management on a variety of national and international matters. We have also negotiated and assisted in the production of various reality television and film projects. Our attorneys can navigate the multi-faceted nature of the entertainment industry in different circumstances and help clients in their endeavors.

Media Law

  • First Amendment and newsgathering advice and defense
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements for the creation, development, production, distribution, licensing and dissemination of all manner of media and entertainment content, products and services
  • Privacy issues, including misrepresentation of photographic images
  • Security issues
  • Litigation
  • Unfair competition defense
  • Entity formation
  • Purchase and sale of media and entertainment properties and businesses
  • Employment matters
  • Negotiating Media Rights
  • Providing counsel on corporate formation and business law for various sports ventures
  • Cease & Desist Notices
  • Trademark and Copyright Registration & Enforcement
  • Regulatory Issues

Due to the development of new technologies, media and entertainment companies are up against new legal issues. The attorneys in our group have substantive experience in areas relating to Entertainment, Media, and Sports law, including First Amendment defense, all manners of communications, entertainment content issues, newsgathering concerns, licensing, intellectual property rights, antitrust, new and existing technologies, distribution, financing, acquisitions and divestitures of interests in sports and media properties and businesses, employment, bankruptcy, real estate and constitutional law.

Sports Law

Over the years, Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Sports Law Group has provided a full range of legal services to help resolve the business issues and disputes that arise in the sports industry. By leveraging the capabilities of our team, including lawyers experienced in handling corporate, labor, litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, real estate, bankruptcy, technology, media and tax matters, we have assisted our clients in a variety of situations.

Capabilities
  • Negotiation of licensing and sponsorship agreements
  • Purchase and sale of sports teams
  • Handling arena and/or stadium licenses and leases on behalf of stadium owners and sports team tenants
  • New media rights
  • Licensing disputes
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Tax
  • Labor and Employment law

Representative Clients

  • Dave Ellefson - Megadeth
  • Darryl Jones – Rolling Stones
  • Joe Santriani
  • Chuck Burgi – Billy Joel Band
  • Desiree Bassett
  • Bobby Kimball – Toto
  • Zebra
  • Murphys Law
  • Agnostic Front
  • Rod Morgenstein
  • The Aristocats
  • Wicked Little Dolls
  • Circuline
  • Chris Butler - The Waitresses
  • Drive The Bus
  • Little Anthony & the Imperials
  • Richard Danielpour
  • Crystal Talierfero – Billy Joel Band
  • Shotgun Wedding
  • Ashley Massaro
  • Blue Cheer
  • Rudess / Morgenstein Project
  • Yungchen Lhamo
  • The Tornadoes
  • Winger
  • Billy Joel
  • Bret Michaels
  • Cubic Feet
  • DJ Reach
  • Quicksand
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Cubic Feet
  • Artie Fletcher
  • Serban Ghenea
  • Will Calhoun
  • Takeshi Asai

  • Living Colour
  • Beth Hart
  • Simple Plan
  • Dream Theater
  • Leslie West - Mountain
  • Barret Strong
  • Manny Cabo
  • Cicero and the Orations
  • Bernard Fowler – Rolling Stones
  • 24-7 Spyz
  • John Ginty – Robert Randolph
  • John Petrucci
  • Jonathan Moffit
  • Moccasin Creek
  • Carmine Appice – Cactus / Vanilla Fudge / Rod Stewart
  • Greg Phillinganes – Michael Jackson / David Gilmore
  • Shawn Patterson – “Lego Movie” / “Everything is Awesome”
  • Cannibal Corpse
  • Steven Wilson
  • Jonathan Mover
  • Gordon Bahary – Electric Kingdom
  • Kathleen Turner
  • Ken Hensley
  • Porcupine Tree
  • Vinnie Moore
  • Mercyful Fate
  • Steve Morse
  • Dixie Dregs
  • Steven Haigler
  • Heartist
  • Greg Curtis
  • King Diamond
  • Jr Writer
  • LCD Soundsytem
  • Rufus Reid