Congratulations to all our Clients who won awards at the Oscars and Spirit Awards this weekend!

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – American Factory, Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, Jeff Reichert  MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING – Bombshell, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker     BEST FEATURE – The Farewell (PRODUCERS: Anita Gou, Daniele Melia, Andrew Miano, Peter Saraf, Marc … Full Story

 
  Congratulations to American Factory for winning Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars!

This is our third client in a row to win Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards. Congratulations to American Factory!  In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. … Full Story

 
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2/03/20 | McMillions 1/31/20 | Miss Americana 1/31/20 | The Assistant MCMILLIONS Directed by James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte This documentary series chronicles the stranger-than-fiction story of an ex-cop turned security auditor who rigged the McDonald’s Monopoly game promotion for a decade, … Full Story

 
  Lisa Callif and Dean Cheley Named to Variety Dealmakers Impact Report 2016

Partners Lisa Callif and Dean Cheley were recognized by Variety as part of the 2016 Dealmakers Impact Report. Lisa was highlighted for her work securing funding for documentaries that bring awareness to social issues, while Dean was spotlighted for his … Full Story

 
  Fairly Simple: Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif Featured on Cover of Los Angeles Lawyer

Fair use has existed as a court-created concept since the 1800s, and has been in the U.S. Copyright Act since 1978. However, the four nonexclusive factors listed in the Act can be hard to understand, and challenging to apply in … Full Story

 
  Donaldson + Callif Clients Featured as Best Documentary Features At Sundance 2016

 As featured in Indiewire, Sundance has published a list of the best documentary features released at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and Donaldson + Callif is proud to announce that eight of the top ten documentaries listed are films Donaldson … Full Story

 
  Librarian of Congress Could Reform the DMCA: Michael Donaldson Speaks with the San Francisco Chronicle

Few have heard of the Librarian of Congress, but the person holding this office not only oversees the U.S. Copyright Office, but also decides what content deserves copyright protection. The position is currently vacant, and this has created enormous opportunity … Full Story

 
  Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif Named Top Entertainment Lawyers by Daily Journal

The Daily Journal named partners Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif as Top Entertainment Lawyers in 2015 for their success in representing independent filmmakers. Michael has established himself in the entertainment industry for his understanding of the fair use doctrine, a … 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

 
  Christopher Perez Appeals to U.S. Copyright Office for Exemption to DMCA

Partners Michael Donaldson and Christopher Perez have been working with the Intellectual Property Clinic at the UC Irvine School of Law, led by Jack Lerner, to appeal to the U.S. Copyright Office for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright … Full Story