FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an entertainment attorney?
Entertainment attorneys generally draft, review and negotiate contracts, organize their clients’ businesses, counsel their clients in respect of their career objectives, business relationships and strategies, and advice clients about the potential risks for their business choices and endeavors. Entertainment lawyers also act as “general counsel” for more established clients handling all variety of matters with a concentration on business development and strategies.
Can I afford an attorney? What are your fees?
It is extremely risky to sign a contract or enter into a business relationship without an attorney’s counsel and advice. Fees vary depending upon the project, but in general we work on a percentage of revenue-generating deals, flat fees, hourly rates, or a combination of these. Once we have come to an agreement about the fee structure, we will send you an Engagement Letter detailing everything in writing. You’ll find our fees are reasonable and we will try and work with you to tailor fees to your particular needs and situation.
How do I know if I need an attorney?
If you’re about to sign a contract, chances are you need an attorney.
Do you make submissions or “shop” projects to record companies, motion picture or television production companies, managers, agents, etc.?
No, except in instances where you have already received an offer in which case we will, with your agreement, solicit offers from other companies. For example, if you wrote a screenplay and have received an offer to purchase or option it we may then work with you to solicit other offers. Or if a record label has offered you a recording agreement we may solicit offers from other labels. Otherwise, we do not “shop deals” unless you are an existing client.
Will you charge me for an initial phone call?
No. We will be happy to take your call and speak with you. There is no charge for this telephone consultation.
I see you are licensed to practice law in California and New York. Can you still represent me if I don’t live in either of those states? Should I use an attorney in my own state?
We represent clients from all over the country and in foreign countries as well.
Do we have to meet in person for you to represent me?
No. There are many times we never are able to meet with a client in person and so it is not necessary that you make an in person appointment at our offices.
I’m a musician but I don’t know anything about the business and legal aspects of the music business. Can you help me?
As you move through your career, we can guide and advise you along the way. However, it is always best to have a basic understanding of the business and legal aspects that can impact you, your career and your bank account balance. Reading Don Passman’s book All You Need to Know About the Music Business is a helpful first step to learning about the music business. Also, attending networking events, music conferences and seminars about the music business is a great way to educate yourself and meet people in the industry.
I have a screenplay. Will you shop it for me?
Generally speaking, we don’t shop screenplays, but we can write submission letters if you have a party interested in receiving the script. Once you get someone who wants to option and/or purchase your screenplay, we can negotiate your acquisition agreement, e.g., option and purchase agreement, license or purchase agreement.