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  Partner Lisa Callif Speaks at Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Year in Review Event

Partner Lisa Callif will speak at the 2019 Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Year in Review event discussing the highlights of 2018 for independent producers, as well as future legal trends in the industry. Lisa was one of four individuals selected … Full Story

 
  Congratulations to Our Clients On the 2019 Oscar Documentary Shortlist!

One hundred sixty-six films were originally submitted in the Documentary Feature category. The 2019 Academy Award Nominees will be announced on January 22nd. The 91st Academy Awards Ceremony will air live on Sunday, February 24th.  Crime + Punishment Director: Stephen … Full Story

 
  Lisa Callif Presents at SFFILM’s Doc Talk Series

Partner Lisa Callif presented at SFFILM’s Doc Talk series, providing independent filmmakers advice on fair use and copyright issues. The presentation was held on December 5, 2018 at the SFFILM FilmHouse in San Francisco. SFFILM is a nonprofit organization that … Full Story

 
  Congratulations to Our Clients Who Won at the 34th IDA Awards!

The International Documentary Association held its 34th Documentary Awards at the Paramount Theater on Saturday, December 8th. Congratulations to all of our clients who were honored! Best Feature Minding the Gap Director/Producer: Bing Liu Producer: Diane Quon HULU/POV ABC News … Full Story

 
  Partner Chris Perez Comments on Broadened DMCA Exemptions in Daily Journal, IP Watchdog, The Recorder and More!

Under the newly broadened copyright exemption laws granted by the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress, filmmakers no longer have to request permission or make payments to copyright owners for the use of DVD, Blu-ray and streaming services for … Full Story

 
  Congratulations to Our Clients Nominated at the 2018 IDA Awards!

The 34th IDA Documentary Awards will be on December 8th at the Paramount Theatre. Good luck to all of our clients!   Best Feature Crime + Punishment Director/Producer: Stephen Maing Producers: Ross Tuttle and Eric Daniel Metzgar HULU   Free … Full Story

 
The Daily Journal - Lisa Callif, Donaldson + Callif   Broadened DMCA Exemptions Stand to Help Filmmakers With Copyrights: Chris Perez Comments in Daily Journal Article

Under the newly broadened copyright exemption laws granted by the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress, filmmakers no longer have to request permission or make payments to copyright owners for the use of DVD, Blu-ray and streaming services for … Full Story

 
  Donaldson + Callif Ranked on 2019 “Best Law Firms” List by U.S. News – Best Lawyers

U.S. News – Best Lawyers recognized Donaldson + Callif  among its 2019 “Best Law Firms” in the Metropolitan Tier 2 ranking in Los Angeles for motion pictures and television entertainment law. This is the first year the firm has been … Full Story

 
  Donaldson + Callif Secures Broader DMCA Exemptions for Indie Filmmakers in Landmark Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Partners Michael Donaldson and Chris Perez of Donaldson + Callif, a Los Angeles-based law firm representing independent producers of film, television and web-based content, and Professor Jack Lerner, Director of the Intellectual Property, Arts and Technology Clinic … Full Story

 
  Congratulations to our clients nominated for Gotham Awards!

This year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards will be in New York and winners will be announced on Monday, November 26th. Good luck to all of our clients!  BEST DOCUMENTARY Bisbee ‘17 Robert Greene, producer; Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Bennett Elliott, … Full Story