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Entertainment



Our Entertainment team helps entrepreneurial talent find the right strategic partners, creatively structure deals, maintain ownership, and protect and monetize their assets across all entertainment and social media platforms.

The demand for new and innovative media and entertainment content continues to grow at a rapid pace. Our Entertainment team helps clients navigate this evolving landscape and diversify the types of content they participate in, produce and endorse.

A number of our attorneys previously served as in-house counsel and in non-legal roles in digital media, licensing, fashion, food and music and understand both the talent and corporate side of the business, offering clients unparalleled industry insight and knowledge.

We work with

Individuals/Talent

  • YouTube, TikTok, Instagram content creators
  • Social media influencers
  • eSports athletes, teams, and leagues
  • Actors
  • Musicians, music producers, and songwriters
  • Celebrities
  • TV/film producers
  • TV/film/book writers
  • Celebrity nonprofits, trusts, and estates
  • Entertainment industry executives

Corporate Entities

  • Fashion brands
  • Consumer products companies
  • Major broadcast and cable TV networks
  • Management companies
  • Advertising agencies
  • Beauty brands
  • Wellness brands
  • Book publishers
  • Media production companies
  • Licensing agencies
  • Producers of live events and concerts
  • Record labels and music distribution companies

We help with

  • Brand protection and brand building
  • Negotiating agreements of all kinds, including:
    • licensing agreements
    • collaboration agreements
    • manufacturing and distribution agreements
    • publishing agreements
    • recording agreements
    • touring and live appearance agreements
    • Master Services Agreements (MSAs)
    • production services agreements
    • option agreements
    • catalog sales agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Business formation
  • Product line launches
  • FTC advertising compliance
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Employment matters
  • Litigation

TikTok star Addison Rae signs multiple picture deal with Netflix

The Wrap | September 08, 2021

The following articles cover TikTok sensation Addison Rae’s multi-picture deal with Netflix. In addition to acting in upcoming films for the streamer, Rae will serve as executive producer on the projects she appears in. NP is mentioned for representing Rae, with the NP team led by Los Angeles Corporate partner and Entertainment team leader Ellie Heisler. Ellie also represented Rae in the recent deal for the top influencer to make her acting debut in Netflix’s “He’s All That”.

TikTok Star Addison Rae signs film deal with Netflix

Variety | September 08, 2021

The following article covers TikTok sensation Addison Rae’s multi-picture deal with Netflix. In addition to acting in upcoming films for the streamer, Rae will serve as executive producer on the projects she appears in. NP is mentioned for representing Rae, with the NP team led by Los Angeles Corporate partner and Entertainment team leader Ellie Heisler. Ellie also represented Rae in the recent deal for the top influencer to make her acting debut in Netflix’s “He’s All That”.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | July 29, 2021

This roundup of notable legal news and moves mentions the arrival of Los Angeles Corporate counsel Farrah Usmani, who focuses her entertainment practice on recording artists, songwriters, entertainment executives, and companies in the music industry.

The 13 leading attorneys and law firms that work with digital creators and influencers

Business Insider | May 12, 2021

This article on the top attorneys and law firms representing digital influencers features Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler, including how she got her start in the space and how her practice has grown. Los Angeles Corporate associate Christina Chang is mentioned for being Ellie’s “ right hand”.

Celebrities Keep Getting Sued Over Instagrams of Themselves

Law360 | September 17, 2020

This article, covering the dilemma of celebrities being sued for posting images of themselves to social media, references a copyright lawsuit involving a paparazzi photo of actress and model Emily Ratajkowski. New York Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp and Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler are representing Ratajkowski in this matter.

Addison Rae Heads to Hollywood with Starring Role in "She's All That" Remake

Tubefilter | September 11, 2020

The following article announces the film debut of TikTok star Addison Rae Easterling in the upcoming “He’s All That,” a remake of ‘90s teen comedy “She’s All That,” mention NP for representing the TikTok star. Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler leads Easterling’s NP team and represented her on this deal.

TikTok Star Addison Rae Joins "She's All That" Remake

The Wrap | September 11, 2020

The following article announces the film debut of TikTok star Addison Rae Easterling in the upcoming “He’s All That,” a remake of ‘90s teen comedy “She’s All That,” mention NP for representing the TikTok star. Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler leads Easterling’s NP team and represented her on this deal.

TikTok Star Addison Rae Cast in "She's All That" Remake

Variety | September 11, 2020

The following article announces the film debut of TikTok star Addison Rae Easterling in the upcoming “He’s All That,” a remake of ‘90s teen comedy “She’s All That,” mention NP for representing the TikTok star. Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler leads Easterling’s NP team and represented her on this deal.

Peloton case an example of intellectual property rights of copyright owners

Rochester Business Journal | March 20, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column analyzing a copyright dispute between home exercise giant Peloton and the National Music Publishers Association regarding the use of popular music in Peloton video workouts. This column was adapted from an NP alert by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan, New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp, and associate Catherine Savio.

Tekashi 6ix9ine hit with $2M suit alleging vanished advance

Law360 | March 18, 2020

This article mentions Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan and Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes associate Ryan Duckett for their representation of Fashion Nova in a breach-of-contract claim against incarcerated rap star Tekashi 6ix9ine.

WME Signs 6-Year-Old Vlogger Anastasia Radzinskaia (Exclusive)

The Hollywood Reporter | February 04, 2020

This article about leading entertainment and media agency WME signing vlogger Anastasia Radzinskaia notes Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler as one of the attorneys representing the six-year-old YouTube star.

As esports take off, questions abound over players' rights of publicity

LegalTech News | November 21, 2019

Los Angeles Labor and Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan talks about the increasing sophistication of esports player contracts, a trend fueled in part by game publishers and investors showing interest in more standardized pacts.

How the EU copyright directive affects esports live streams

Esports Insider | August 06, 2019

Intellectual Property associates Jason Kunze of Chicago and Jennette Psihoules of Washington DC participated in the latest edition of the regular feature “Ask the Esports Lawyers.”  In this edition, Jason and Jennette look at how the European Union copyright directive may impact esports.

Artists vs. influencers: Why That Street Art Selfie Could Get You Sued

The Hollywood Reporter | August 06, 2019

This article quotes Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Altshuler on why social media influencers could become the next crop of celebrities to face copyright infringement claims from street artists whose work appears on their social channels.

E-sports practices get boost with teen's Fortnite win

LegalTech News (Law.com) | August 05, 2019

This article highlights Los Angeles Labor and Employment partner Ben Kim and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan for leading the e-sports practice at Nixon Peabody, one of only a few such practices at large law firms.

Legal Impact Report

Variety | April 08, 2019

Variety magazine named Los Angeles Corporate Partner Ellie Altshuler to its 2019 Legal Impact “Up Next” list. The piece, which recognizes Ellie as one of only a handful of attorneys recognized for “cutting the deals shaping modern Hollywood,” highlights her work with digital influencers.

Alum Ellie Altshuler is Ahead of the Curve

November 05, 2018

Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Altshuler is featured in this Loyola Law School article on the path she took to becoming the go-to lawyer for YouTube content creators and social media influencers seeking to expand their brand.

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