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Ameri Law, PC has extensive experience representing writers, directors, producers, reality television talent, and athletes in connection with film, television, digital media and endorsement transactions. We have worked with many of our clients from the outset of their careers, helping structure deals and making introductions so artists can gain exposure, while growing their film and television credits.
Ameri Law, PC has extensive experience working with both first time filmmakers as well as seasoned producers. We handle all aspects of production legal on independent films from inception to distribution, guiding clients through the development phase by drafting and negotiating acquisition of intellectual property rights and life story rights. We regularly form holding companies for each film where we are engaged as production counsel. In addition, we have experience preparing private placement memorandums and negotiate investor agreements. During an independent film’s pre-production phase we draft and negotiate talent agreements as well as counsel producer clients on SAG, WGA and DGA signatory applications.
Ameri Law, PC provides guidance and strategy to filmmakers seeking to use private investors to finance their independent film projects (both feature and documentary). The firm’s film finance services include assisting clients in understanding federal and state securities laws as well as the various investment vehicles for raising investor funds.
Ameri Law, PC regularly represents clients in connection with licensing their film and television projects to digital distributors. We have broad experience navigating legal issues derived from the digital revolution. Television and film distribution via new media platforms are now industry norm, Ameri Law, PC is committed to helping client’s stay apprised of the legal issues that often emerge in this everchanging landscape.
Ameri Law, PC supports filmmakers in the final step in the film making journey – namely distribution. We negotiate sales agent agreements, domestic and foreign distribution agreements, and we help ensure filmmakers have obtained all of the necessary documents and rights to meet delivery requirements. Our law offices are committed to helping filmmakers with this tedious process.
Ameri Law, PC has significant experience helping entrepreneurs and business owners in understanding the risks and benefits of licensing their intellectual property and representing them in connection with negotiating and drafting IP licensing agreements. We can assist producers in acquiring life story rights, rights to novels, screenplays, and plays (“Source Materials”). We also represents Source Material owners in negotiating and shopping option agreements for the disposition of their intellectual property rights.
Copyright and Trademark
We routinely assist an array of clients with obtaining and securing trademark and copyright registrations. We regularly conduct trademark screening searches and file state, federal, and international trademark applications. We also regularly issue cease and desist letters to parties infringing on our client’s trademark rights. We have vast experience counseling clients on copyright protection for their creative works and regularly file copyright applications with the United States Copyright office.
Ameri Law, PC can assist with incorporation needs from start to finish including choosing the right entity structure. We also have specialized experience in forming the most common business structures in the entertainment industry, namely single purpose limited liability companies for independent motion picture production and loan-out corporations for talent.
Business and Legal Affairs
Our offices serve as outside counsel for companies in the entertainment, beauty, sports, health and wellness industry by providing management with effective legal advice on business issues and company strategies. We regularly select and oversee the work of outside counsel, drafting and editing complex commercial agreements, to ensure your company operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
The firm regularly assists clients with negotiating and drafting recording agreements, publishing agreements, soundtrack agreements, brand partnerships, influencer agreements and merchandising agreements in connection with the music industry. Our clients include music artists, music producers, songwriters and composers in the film and television industry. We also provide strategic and business legal advice with respect to an artist’s music career with a special emphasis on protecting their brand and as such we file and manage trademarks for artist’s both in the US and in foreign territories. We believe that intellectual property is the foundation for financial longevity in the entertainment business and work with artists to find creative ways to exploit their intellectual property.
The terms of a book publishing agreement dictate how much you are paid for the exploitation of your work but also some of the creative control and ancillary rights you will retain. Whether you are embarking on the path of traditional publishing, self-publishing, or e-publishing we can provide you guidance and help you structure the best deal terms. In addition, we are regularly engaged to assist authors in negotiating film and television option agreements as well as multi-media agreements for the exploitation of their work.