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"One of the most potent entertainment litigation shops in the country." ~VarietyWith coast-to-coast resources backing entertainment litigation teams in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, the sheer breadth of Manatt’s full-service capabilities provides you with a level of counsel you can’t find anywhere else.
We know the industry players, often on a first-name basis, and we complement in-depth knowledge of industry deals and transactions with a proven record in entertainment and media litigation. Unlike other firms, we don’t focus on one aspect of these industries. Instead, our strength lies in a multidisciplinary practice that encompasses television, radio, motion pictures, music, digital entertainment, art and advertising. From high-profile disputes over copyright infringement and breach of contract, to right of publicity matters, trademark claims, false advertising consumer class actions, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act claims, you can be confident of Manatt’s counsel – because chances are, we’ve already handled a case like yours.
We’re nationally recognized as leaders in the defense of “song theft” or music copyright matters, and our representation of popular talent, including Howard Stern, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Al Franken, and Frosty Stilwell, places us among the most renowned firms in the country for radio- and broadcasting-related disputes.
IndustriesManatt provides a full range of litigation and dispute resolution services within the following core entertainment industries:
Music: Manatt represents recording artists, record labels, music publishers, songwriters, record producers, distributors, managers, concert promoters and booking agencies in a full range of matters.
Motion Pictures/Television: Manatt represents motion picture studios, television broadcasters, producers, distributors, sales agents, financiers and above-the-line talent in a variety of disputes, including copyright infringement and idea submission claims, disputes among underlying rights claimants, contract disputes arising out of content production, distribution and financing, profit participation and accounting disputes and artist-manager disputes.
Advertising: Manatt represents a wide range of talent, advertising agencies, content providers and licensors, broadcasters, and consumer goods companies in a variety of advertising and branded entertainment-related disputes, including contract, copyright, right of publicity and trademark claims, as well as in the defense of false advertising consumer class actions.
Other clients include Anschutz Entertainment Group, Sony BMG, HBO, CBS Broadcasting, WME Entertainment (the merged entity of William Morris Agency and Endeavor), Twentieth Century Fox Television, Lionsgate Entertainment, Summit Entertainment, Ticketmaster, United Talent Agency, Robin Williams, Neil Young, and Michael Douglas – to name just a few. When it comes to litigation, we’re often the trailblazers:
Copyrights, Rights of Publicity and Trademarks
Class Action Lawsuits
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