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© THE STERLING FIRM, APLC

ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA LAW

The Sterling Firm represents clients from all over the world in all areas of the entertainment industry, including film, television, streaming, music, digital media, and new media.  

The Sterling Firm represents independent film and television producers in issues dealing with development to distribution. The Sterling Firm provides legal counsel to producers of documentaries, feature films, television pilots, episodic television and web series. The Sterling Firm provides legal services regarding business formation (single-purpose LLCs and other entities), equity financing through Reg D and Rule 506 private offerings, drafting and negotiating agreements (e.g., producer agreements, director agreements, writer agreements, location agreements, crew agreements, life story rights agreements, book option agreements, composer agreements, music license agreements, guild agreements including SAG, DGA, and WGA, investor agreements, Private Placement Memoranda (PPMs), securing chain of title, and obtaining Errors & Omissions production insurance.

The Sterling Firm is also experienced in representing clients in the music industry, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, music publishers, record labels, concert promoters, YouTube channels, and multi-channel networks, on matters relating to contracts, licensing, copyright, and trademarks. The Sterling Firm is experienced in negotiating agreements with music publishers, labels, and artists involving recording agreements, music publishing agreements, synchronization agreements, composer agreements, management agreements, and new media licensing agreements.

The Sterling Firm serves as general counsel to advertising and branding agencies and digital media companies. The Sterling Firm is experienced with entity formation, corporate compliance, contracts,  employment agreements, copyrights, and trademarks.

TYPES OF

ENTERTAINMENT LAW

CASES:

FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION GENERAL COUNSEL

PRODUCERS' AGREEMENTS

BUSINESS PLANS

COMPANY FORMATION

INVESTOR AGREEMENTS

PRIVATE OFFERINGS

TALENT AGREEMENTS

OPTION AGREEMENTS

LETTERS OF INTENT

LOCATION AGREEMENTS

GUILD AGREEMENTS

PRODUCTION LEGAL SERVICES

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AGREEMENTS

COMPOSER AGREEMENTS

MUSIC LICENSING

CHAIN OF TITLE

FAIR USE ARGUMENTS

DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS

PRODUCERS' REPRESENTATIVE SERVICES

MUSIC LEGAL SERVICES

CONTRACT DRAFTING AND NEGOTIATION

RECORDING AGREEMENTS

SYNCHRONIZATION AGREEMENTS

PRODUCER AGREEMENTS

MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS

NEW MEDIA LICENSING AGREEMENTS

PARTNERSHIP AND BAND AGREEMENTS

LABEL AGREEMENTS

DISTRIBUTION DEALS

COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

DISPUTE RESOLUTION​

MCN AGREEMENTS

MUSIC CLEARANCE

DIGITAL MEDIA GENERAL COUNSEL

PRODUCERS' AGREEMENTS

BUSINESS PLANS

COMPANY FORMATION

INVESTOR AGREEMENTS

CONTRACT DRAFTING AND NEGOTIATION

GAME PUBLISHER, DEVELOPER AND SUPPLIER AGREEMENTS

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK

DRM ISSUES

RIGHTS CLEARANCES

EMPLOYEE AND CONTRACTOR AGREEMENTS

WEBSITE TERMS OF USE & PRIVACY POLICIES

GDPR COMPLIANCE​

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