Our entertainment litigation lawyers represent a broad range of clients, from A-list Hollywood talent to production studios associated with hit movies and television series. Our clients include production companies, writers, producers, directors, studios, networks, talent agencies, performers, artists and music publishing companies.
We are routinely trusted to handle significant disputes in the entertainment industry, including claims regarding profit participations, idea submission cases, disputes over commissions and royalties, defamation, copyright and trademark infringement as well a wide range of employment issues including wrongful termination, sexual harassment and non-compete litigation.
Our attorneys also counsel and represent clients in right of publicity, invasion of privacy and Digital Millennium Copyright Act claims.
Our representative matters include:
- Prosecuted a profit participation claim for three talent agencies on a commission package for the “Frasier” television series, which grossed more than $1.5 billion from its 11-season run.
- Represented an Academy Award winning director in a contract dispute with a studio regarding rights to a royalty payment for the sequel to an iconic film.
- Defended NBCUniversal against defamation claims arising from an investigative report involving the Staples Center.
- Represented The Walt Disney Co. in a defamation claim arising out of Hyperion Book’s The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night.
- Obtained summary judgment, affirmed on appeal, in a defamation case involving a book written about Judy Garland.
- Represented Julianna Margulies, an internationally known actor and star of the The Good Wife, in a suit brought by her former talent management company alleging breach of contract and seeking commissions on post-termination revenue.
- Defended one of television’s most successful creators and producers in an arbitration with a former attorney seeking to obtain post-termination compensation. The matter, involving a number of issues of first impression, ended with a confidential settlement after a 13-day hearing in front of a three-arbitrator panel.
- Represented the developer of popular features for the iconic Candy Land board game, in Landmark Entertainment Group, LLC v. Hasbro, Inc., et al., 2:14-cv-05539 (C.D. Cal.), a lawsuit against Hasbro and its subsidiary Milton Bradley. The suit claimed Hasbro did not have the right to license Sony’s Columbia Pictures to make a film based on Candy Land characters and environments.
- Defended a series of copyright infringement lawsuits brought in California federal court by “patent trolls” alleging infringement of copyrighted fabric designs and achieved a favorable settlement for the client in several cases.
- Prosecuted actions for trademark infringement and Internet domain name abuse involving Kelley Blue Book’s trademarks and domain names.
- Defended wrongful termination, sexual harassment and retaliation claims brought against NBCUniversal and the supervisors of the props department on the television series House.
- Obtained summary judgment, affirmed on appeal, for a television network and production company in a pregnancy discrimination claim by a former model.
- Represented a radio broadcasting company in a lawsuit brought by a competitor for tortious interference with contract, misappropriation of commercial identity and unfair competition in connection with the client’s hire of a popular on-air disc jockey.
Sheldon Eisenberg, Chair of the Entertainment Litigation Team, was recognized by Variety as one of the world's top 2015 entertainment attorneys.