Entertainment, Media & Sports

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.



  • 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.

Co-chair Anthony Caruso and his team have provided legal counseling, negotiations, strategy, media supervision and crisis management on a national level in blackmail cases. We have also negotiated and assisted in the production of various reality television and film projects. The previous examples are mentioned not only to illustrate the multi-faceted nature of the industry but also to highlight various circumstances with which our lawyers have assisted clients.


  • 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.


The Sports lawyers at Scarinci Hollenbeck have negotiated player and coach contracts for sports teams including the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic, for example. Notably, co-chair Anthony R. Caruso, Esq. is officially certified as a NFLPA Contract Advisor, otherwise known as a certified NFL Agent. He has a broad range of significant experience in the negotiation and drafting of all types of legal transactions including business, sports and entertainment contracts, intellectual property matters, technology, licensing and franchising deals, and land development was at the forefront of advising, structuring and drafting all documentation for the formation and establishment of a new professional sports league which operates under an innovative “for profit” LLC format. He previously served as league counsel for the National Lacrosse League based in New York City, and has represented professional sports teams.


  • Negotiated a substantial multi-year licensing and sponsorship agreement with Reebok on behalf of a professional sports league
  • Co-founded pro lacrosse league and served as legal counsel and acting commissioner
  • Handled arena and/or stadium licenses and leases on behalf of stadium owners and sports team tenants
  • Represented pro football players in the NFL
  • Founded, owned and served as legal counsel to a professional team in the United States Basketball League
  • Served as legal counsel to a pro sports league
  • Handled the purchase and sale of pro sports teams
  • Represented NBA Hall of Fame member and Olympic swimmer in endorsement deals
  • Represented licensee in an art media deal with a MLB Hall of Fame member


  • 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