Entertainment Litigation

The Law Office of Bryan J. Swerling caters to the diverse needs of the entertainment community at large, working with a variety of clients, including but not limited to: musicians, screenwriters, authors, actors, personalities, and companies.

What separates the Law Office of Bryan J. Swerling from many other firms that practice entertainment law is that the Firm’s founder, Bryan J. Swerling, prior to becoming an attorney, worked on both the business and creative side of the film, television, and music industries. As a result, Mr. Swerling has the unique perspective of knowing exactly how business and art fuse and how they diverge, and these experiences have imparted upon him the ability to approach the various disciplines of entertainment law more efficiently, pragmatically, and thoughtfully.

Below you will find a non-exhaustive list of some of the services we provide our entertainment clients. If there is something that you need performed that you do not see listed, feel free to contact us and inquire about additional services.

FIRST AMENDMENT ISSUES

We will represent artists or business people whose rights have been violated
by another person or by a corporate entity. Areas include:

  • Right of Privacy and Publicity
  • Defamation
  • Misappropriation
  • Libel and Slander

CORPORATE

We will handle various and assorted issues with regard to starting up and
maintaining production companies, talent agencies, management companies,
websites, and record labels. Services include:

  • Start Up Advice
  • Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Licensing
  • Distribution
  • Business Entity Formation/Dissolution
  • Shareholders Agreements/Operating Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Trademark Issues (Research Availability and Registration)
  • Research of Availability
  • Litigation

FILM INDUSTRY

Whether you are an aspiring or established writer, producer, director, actor,
manager, or cinematographer we will assist you with making sure you and
your work are protected. We will work with artists or business people involved
with Major or Mini-Major Studio Deals, Independents, and Documentary Filmmakers.
Services include:

  • Start Up Advice
  • Agency and Management Agreements
  • Copyright Issues: (Including, Copyright Registration, Cease and Desist
    Letters, Infringement, Fair Use, Work For Hire, Collaboration/Joint
    Works, and Quitclaims)
  • Trademark Issues (Research Availability and Registration)
  • Production Issues: (Including Above the Line and Below the Line Agreements,
    Distribution, Foreign Sales Agents, Domestic and Foreign Banks, Completion
    Bonds, and Labor and Employment Issues)
  • Commercial Appearances, Endorsements and Sponsorships
  • Merchandising
  • Dispute Resolution with Third Parties
  • Litigation

MUSIC INDUSTRY

We will represent performers, songwriters, producers, record labels, promoters,
and managers in all genres of music. Services include:

  • Start Up Advice
  • Agency and Management Agreements
  • Copyright Issues (Including, Copyright Registration, Cease and Desist
    Letters, Infringement, Fair Use, Work For Hire, Collaboration/Joint
    Works, and Quitclaims, Sampling Letters of Authorization, Licensing
    Agreements (Master/Mechanical))
  • Trademark Issues (Research Availability and Registration)
  • Intra-Group Agreements for Recording Artists
  • Recording Agreements
  • Production Agreements
  • Record Producer Agreements
  • Music Publishing / Co-Publishing / Administration Agreements
  • Acquisition of Publishing Catalogues
  • Registrations with Public Performance Societies
  • Music Synchronization and Compilation Clearances
  • Merchandising
  • Distribution Agreements (Domestic and International Record Distribution
    Agreements)
  • Live Events (Including Touring Agreements)
  • Commercial Appearances, Endorsements and Sponsorships
  • Film and Television Music Supervisor and Soundtrack Album Agreements
  • Dispute Resolution with Third Parties
  • Litigation

TELEVISION INDUSTRY

We will represent dramatic, situational comedy, reality show, and news writers,
directors, producers, and talent with regard to Television Network, Cable,
and Satellite broadcasting. Services include:

  • Start Up Advice
  • Agency and Management Agreements
  • Copyright Issues: (Including, Copyright Registration, Cease and Desist
    Letters, Infringement, Fair Use, Work For Hire, Collaboration/Joint
    Works, and Quitclaims, Rights Clearance)
  • Trademark Issues (Research Availability and Registration)
  • Syndication Issues
  • Labor and Employment Issues
  • Commercial Appearances, Endorsements and Sponsorships
  • Dispute Resolution with Third Parties
  • Litigation

THEATER

We will represent producers, directors, writers, actors, and below the line
talent in the theater.

  • Startup Advice
  • Agency and Management Agreements
  • Copyright Issues: (Including, Copyright Registration, Cease and Desist
    Letters, Infringement, Fair Use, Work For Hire, Collaboration/Joint
    Works, and Quitclaims, Rights Clearance) Trademark Issues (Research
    Availability and Registration)
  • Trademark Issues (Research Availability and Registration)
  • Copyright Issues: (Including, Copyright Registration, Cease and Desist
    Letters, Infringement, Fair Use, Work For Hire, Collaboration/Joint
    Works, and Quitclaims)
  • Trademark Issues (Research Availability and Registration)
  • Commercial Appearances, Endorsements and Sponsorships
  • Labor and employment Issues
  • Dispute Resolution with Third Parties
  • Litigation

BOOK PUBLISHING

  • Startup Advice
  • Agency and Management Agreements
  • Copyright Issues: (Including, Copyright Registration, Cease and Desist
    Letters, Infringement, Fair Use, Work For Hire, Collaboration/Joint
    Works, and Quitclaims, Rights Clearance)
  • Book Publishing Agreements
  • Trademark Issues (Research Availability and Registration)
  • Commercial Appearances, Endorsements and Sponsorships
  • Dispute Resolution with Third Parties
  • Litigation

PHOTOGRAPY AND ART

We will represent photographers and other visual artists. Services include:

  • Start Up Advice
  • Agency and Management Agreements
  • Agency and Management Introductions
  • Copyright Issues: (Including, Copyright Registration, Cease and Desist
    Letters, Infringement, Fair Use, Work For Hire, Collaboration/Joint
    Works, and Quitclaims, Rights Clearance, Rights Clearance)
  • Trademark Issues (Research Availability and Registration)
  • Artwork/Photography Copyright Assignments
  • Releases
  • Model/Photography Agency Agreements
  • Commercial Appearances, Endorsements and Sponsorships
  • Labor and Employment Issues
  • Dispute Resolution with Third Parties
  • Litigation