Entertainment Transactions

Jackson Walker leverages both its industry experience and full-service resources and capabilities to provide clients with valued advice and representation in their entertainment industry transactions.

Our attorneys have handled routine, complex, and novel matters involving the various facets of the entertainment industry, including industry-specific agreements, content rights management and clearances, finance deals, production and distribution deals, licensing, and risk management. Moreover, our attorneys have counseled clients about the advancement of their entertainment business endeavors and the monetization of their content.

Practice Category

  • Counsel various entertainment industry clients (including individuals, companies, and estates) on their intellectual property rights management and clearance issues
  • Counsel clients with acquisition and sale of various entertainment properties
  • Preparation and negotiation of various content rights agreements and releases, including work-made-for-hire (or work-for-hire) agreements, music, film, and photograph license agreements, personal releases, and location releases
  • Formation of various entertainment business entities, including IP holding companies, loan-out companies, artist furnishing companies, and general commercial entities
  • Pre-publication review of film and television productions for errors and omissions (E&O) insurance and distribution due diligence purposes
  • Representation of film financiers in independent feature film production deals
  • Representation of film producers in domestic and foreign distribution deals
  • Representation of reality television producer in basic cable network distribution deal
  • Representation of various authors in film option-purchase agreements, book publishing agreements, and literary agent agreements
  • Representation of private and public figures in the license or sale of their life stories for books, film, and television
  • Representation of professional athletes in endorsement and licensing deals
  • Representation of video game company in publishing and licensing agreements
  • Representation of major publishing company in commercial real estate transaction
  • Representation of various companies in event marketing and venue deals
  • Counsel clients about the various legal issues impacting their social media efforts
  • Assist clients with United States immigration matters, including visas for producers, entertainers, and athletes