Lisa Callif Moderates Film Independent Panel Discussing Legal Challenges with The Defiant Ones

Partner Lisa Callif moderated the panel “Going Legal: The Defiant Ones Case Study” at the 2017 Film Independent Forum. Along with members of the production team of the acclaimed HBO documentary The Defiant Ones, Lisa discussed some of the legal challenges associated with producing the … Full Story

Erez Rosenberg Authors USC Spotlight Article on Useful Articles

In his USC Spotlight article “A Useful Article About Useful Articles,” Associate Erez Rosenberg discusses how the useful article doctrine validates the unlicensed use of props and set dressings in audiovisual works. The principles in the useful article doctrine can … Full Story

Teach Us All Documentary to Debut on Netflix Next Month

As reported in Deadline, Partner Lisa Callif represented the filmmakers for the documentary Teach Us All and negotiated an international distribution deal. Teach Us All focuses on the crisis in American public education, with a historical perspective on the 1957 … Full Story

How Netflix and Amazon Are Changing the Indie Movie Business: Streaming Media Turns to Lisa Callif

When independent film directors bring their films to festivals, many hope that studios will pick up their distribution rights, opening the doors to widespread theatrical release and award consideration. However, online platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are disrupting this … Full Story

Michael Donaldson Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

Donaldson + Callif is pleased to announce that Partner Michael Donaldson has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 for his work in entertainment law – motion pictures and television. For more than three decades, Best … Full Story


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