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  Congratulations to All 15 of Our Clients at SXSW!

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts, and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of … Full Story

  Congrats to Free Solo for Winning Best Documentary Feature!

Congrats to Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill Watch the full Oscar 2019 acceptance speech here!

  RealScreen, Law360, Variety and More Report on Dale Nelson’s Addition to the Firm

Deadline, RealScreen, Daily Journal, Variety and more shared the news of Dale Nelson joining Donaldson + Callif, including Q&A features in Corporate Counsel and Law360. “I spent over 20 very happy years at Warner Bros., and I could have happily … Full Story

  Congrats to Our Clients Who Won at Sundance!

2019 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE FILM AWARDS The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Rachel Grady to: Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, for One Child Nation / China, U.S.A. (Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Producers: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christoph … Full Story

  Former Warner Bros. VP and Senior Counsel Joins Donaldson + Callif as Partner

Dale Nelson, 20-year veteran of Warner Bros. intellectual property group joins the independent film industry’s go-to law firm  LOS ANGELES – Donaldson + Callif is pleased to announce the addition of former Warner Bros. Vice President and Senior Intellectual Property … Full Story

  Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif Selected as 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers

Partners Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif were named 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers for their work in entertainment law. Lisa was also selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers’ 2019 Women’s edition. This marks Lisa’s fourth consecutive year on the list, … Full Story

  Congratulations to Our Clients in Sundance and Slamdance!

This year our clients had 38 projects at the Sundance and Slamdance festivals. See you all in Park City! SUNDANCE A Jester’s Tale AR American Factory Apollo 11 Ask Dr. Ruth Bedlam Bootstrapped David Crosby: Remember My Name Disappearance Of … Full Story

  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