We are recognized as having the nation’s premier entertainment litigation practice. Our lawyers, and the results they achieve in high-stakes and high-profile lawsuits, command the respect of judges, arbitrators and potential opponents.
Greenberg Glusker resolves client disputes involving individuals, partnerships, production companies, distributors, guilds and/or governmental agencies. We have extensive experience with issues under the California Talent Agencies Act and we counsel clients in actions for and against agents and business and personal managers.
If litigation is necessary, our attorneys are forceful, experienced advocates who have established important legal precedents in the entertainment industry. Our extensive experience ranges from motion picture and television to music, sports, interactive gaming, theatre and photography.
In the film arena, we handle every conceivable type of dispute relating to the motion picture business. This includes conflicts over initial rights acquisitions, the engagement of talent, motion picture production, exploitation and distribution. Our background includes resolving copyright and trademark disputes, editing rights, right to final cut and writer’s credits. We resolve disputes involving international film distribution before the American Film Market Association, now known as the Independent Film and Television Alliance. To resolve these many disputes, our attorneys arbitrate before all of the guild arbitration forums.
Television litigation, including idea submission disputes in reality shows, is part of Greenberg Glusker’s vast tv experience. In both scripted and unscripted programming, we handle disputes between actors, production companies and broadcast and cable networks.
The music industry typically uses in-house attorneys and small boutique music firms for its transactional legal work. In litigation challenges to the industry, Greenberg Glusker provides sophisticated counsel. We represent performers, composers and songwriters, music publishers and record labels in copyright, royalty and other litigation arising out of the exploitation of sound recordings and musical compositions. Our background includes “7 year” disputes, management agreement disputes and contractual disputes between record labels and business partners.
Well-versed in the technology of music, we obtain copyright protection for the sound recordings contained in electronic musical instruments, litigate patent disputes over new technologies and monitor the Internet for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works.
As the video game business has evolved from a niche area to a fully integrated multibillion-dollar industry, our litigators have an unparalleled level of experience in this area. We work to forge new legal ground in the industry’s untested areas and regularly handle claims brought on behalf of, or against, persons and entities in this bourgeoning industry.
Intellectual property protection is unique in the entertainment industry. Greenberg Glusker 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.
Talent is a critical component of success in the entertainment industry. Accordingly, our Entertainment Litigation Group has the talent and credentials to resolve successfully every conceivable type of dispute arising in all entertainment industries.
For more information, please contact Matthew Falley.