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California Media & Entertainment: Litigation
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3 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Katten

Katten’s Entertainment and Media Transactions team routinely handles complex matters involving the acquisition, development, financing, production, and distribution of motion pictures, television shows, animated and digital productions, video games, and other properties. We also handle talent agreements for film, television and digital products, executive employment contracts, and domestic and international licensing and merchandising. We assist with the financing of, and secured transactions relating to, motion picture and television productions and slates of production, and with acquiring, selling, and investing in production, distribution, and new media companies, as well as film, music, and television catalogs.

We understand the entertainment business and provide thorough risk assessment, advice, and strategy to help clients avoid litigation, and we provide experienced representation when litigation is unavoidable. We represent our clients aggressively and effectively in matters including idea submissions and copyright and trademark infringement claims; motion picture and television financing, development, production, distribution, and profit participation disputes; defamation and right of privacy claims; artist management and talent agreements; employment; and valuation of motion picture and television libraries.

We offer a full-service approach to litigation and dispute resolution intellectual property, contract and business torts, and other related matters.

Chambers Review

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Media & Entertainment: Litigation - California
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Band 3
What the team is known for

Highly respected group of litigators with extensive experience of advising media and entertainment companies on a wide array of disputes, including intellectual property, contractual, employment and First Amendment claims. Also frequently advises on litigation avoidance during the early stages of film and television production. Clients include individual talent, as well as motion picture studios and television networks.

Notable Practitioners

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David Halberstadter
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David Halberstadter
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David Halberstadter represents prominent entertainment companies in complex copyright and trademark infringement disputes.
"David is highly knowledgeable and responsive. He is always delightful to work with on complex matters." "David is an amazing attorney with a wide breadth of knowledge who we regularly rely on to avoid legal pitfalls."

Joel Weiner
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Joel Weiner
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Joel Weiner is routinely engaged by leading media and entertainment companies to handle copyright infringement, breach of contract and defamation claims, among others.
"He is an exceedingly smart and efficient lawyer with a real commitment to the media law community." "Joel is very thorough and strategic in his processes."

Zia Modabber
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Zia Modabber
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Managing partner of the firm's Los Angeles office Zia Modabber undertakes a broad range of contentious work for clients in the music sector.
"Zia Modabber is a wise and thoughtful attorney. I found the level of his care and counsel very helpful." "Zia is always my first call for complex copyright litigation and general sophisticated problem solving."

Ranked Lawyers at
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Media & Entertainment: Litigation

David Halberstadter
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David Halberstadter
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Joel Weiner
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Joel Weiner
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Band 4
Zia Modabber
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Zia Modabber
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Band 4