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

 
  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