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Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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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.

Strengths

A client comments: "Katten is an excellent, heavyweight firm with very good lawyers in various departments, giving comprehensive, expert advice."

"I have a very high opinion of the quality of their work," says another interviewee.

"The firm has been excellent as always," reports one source, adding: "I am very comfortable with their handling of matters and trust their judgment."

Work highlights

Represented NBCUniversal and Working Title Films as defendants in an idea theft claim for breach of implied in-fact contract, where the plaintiff alleges that the defendants used his ideas in the creation of the motion picture 'Yesterday'.

Notable practitioners

David Halberstadter represents prominent entertainment companies in complex copyright and trademark infringement disputes.
"David has been brilliant. He is always available to us and quickly responds to problems we encounter or questions we have." "He is our go-to lawyer in this area. He is responsive, very thorough and has a good knowledge of our business and the things we are focusing on."

Joel Weiner is routinely engaged by leading media and entertainment companies to handle copyright infringement, breach of contract and defamation claims, among others.
"Joel is a vastly experienced and smart attorney." "When Joel works on something, it gets 100% of his attention." "He is a very thorough, smart and strategic lawyer."

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Overview

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.

Media & Entertainment: Litigation

Katten

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Location

2029 Century Park East

Suite 2600

Los Angeles

California

USA

CA 90067-3012

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California

Media & Entertainment: Litigation


David Halberstadter
Band 3
Joel Weiner
Band 4