Monthly Archives: August 2015

  Dean Cheley Advises How to Use Social Media at the Art Directors Guild’s Social Media Salon

Utilizing social media to promote a film release is not only encouraged, it is a necessity. Partner Dean Cheley examined the legal issues with social media and film at the Art Directors Guild’s Social Media Salon on August 29-30 in … Full Story

  The Pros and Cons of Life Rights in Film: Lisa Callif Talks with Documentary Magazine

In the past year, there were multiple documentary film releases featuring some of the most influential artists, including Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain and more. As the go-to attorney for documentary filmmakers, Partner Lisa Callif explores life rights with Documentary magazine … Full Story

  Daily Journal Features Dean Cheley on New Digital Distribution Opportunities

The increasing prominence of digital distribution deals within the entertainment industry provides unprecedented revenue-generating opportunities for indie filmmakers. Partner Dean Cheley, who represents independent filmmakers in distribution matters, explores this growing trend in the Daily Journal article, “Digital marketplace creates … Full Story

  Congratulations to our clients with films in the 2015 Toronto Int’l Film Festival

Special Presentation Films Louder Than Bombs | Joshua Astrachan, Producer Where to Invade Next | Michael Moore, Director TIFF Docs Amazing Grace | Sydney Pollack, Director He Named Me Malala | Davis Guggenheim, Director Hitchcock/Truffant | Kent Jones, Writer The … Full Story

  Congratulations to our 2015 Emmy Nominated Clients

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck | Brett Morgen, Writer and Producer The Case Against 8 | Ryan White, Writer and Director Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series The Sixties | Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, Executive … Full Story

  Lisa Callif Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Partner Lisa Callif was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 list. This is Ms. Callif’s first year on the list for her work in entertainment law and theater. For more than three decades, … Full Story

  Michael Donaldson Discusses ‘Happy Birthday to You’ Lawsuit with AMERICAblog

AMERICAblog interviewed Partner Michael Donaldson for the article, “Why do filmmakers and restaurants have to pay to use ‘Happy Birthday’?” to weigh-in on how the “Happy Birthday to You” lawsuit against Warner Music will impact copyright law. Warner Music has … Full Story

  Daily Journal Publishes Christopher Perez on Filmmakers’ Right to Fair Use

Daily Journal published Partner Christopher Perez’s article, “Filmmakers must be free to exercise fair use rights,” addressing the Copyright Office’s pending exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), granting access to certain materials to all filmmakers. Due to an … Full Story

  Dean Cheley Talks YouTube Stars, Self-Distribution and More with ScreenCraft

Partner Dean Cheley was interviewed for the ScreenCraft article, “Entertainment Attorney Dean Cheley on YouTube Stars, Self-Distribution and More,” discussing life-rights issues, the new world of online distribution and the effects of social media on filmmaking. Mr. Cheley addresses the … Full Story

  Clearance and Copyright Earns Top Marks on Amazon

Clearance and Copyright, 4th Edition, written by Partners Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif, has been rated as one of the “Best Books of the Year so Far,” and has earned 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The book has … Full Story