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Entertainment



We help clients in new media, TV, film, book publishing and music position themselves as worldwide brands.

Our approach

The consumption of entertainment content will continue to evolve at a rapid pace and so must our approach to guiding clients. Our job is to help clients navigate this new and evolving environment and diversify the types of content they participate in, produce and endorse. Our entertainment attorneys help clients find the right strategic partners, creatively structure deals, maintain ownership and protect their rights across all entertainment platforms.

We understand the drivers of your business from the talent and corporate side, since many of the attorneys in our Entertainment group have worked in digital media, licensing, fashion, food and music before joining our firm. With this unique past experience serving as in-house counsel and in non-legal roles, we offer clients an unparalleled level of industry insight and knowledge when dealing with entertainment issues and transactions.

We think and act like entrepreneurs and business partners of our clients. Our team helps clients evaluate risks and strategic opportunities. Our clients rely on us to be their trusted advisor to help navigate their legal matters. We love working side by side with all different types of artists and entertainers to help them grow, expand and protect their business.

Who we work with

  • Superstar talent and estates in TV, film, live theater, book publishing, fashion, music and digital media, including YouTube content creators and social media influencers
  • Established and start-up fashion and beauty brands and consumer products companies
  • Established and start-up production companies operating in both scripted and unscripted media
  • Major broadcast and cable television networks
  • Management companies, licensing agencies and podcast platforms
  • Advertising agencies

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.

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.

Top 40 under 40

Los Angeles Daily Journal | June 24, 2018

Los Angeles corporate partner Ellie Altshuler was named as one of the top 40 attorneys in California under the age of 40 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | May 06, 2018

In this roundup of promotions to partner and firm management positions, 14 attorneys from Nixon Peabody are highlighted. The 11 attorneys promoted to partner are Ellie Altshuler, Mark Beaudoin, Erik Birkeneder, Hannah Bornstein, Chris Browning, Barry Carrigan, Keri McWilliams, Matt Mullen, Steven Richard, Charles Tamuleviz and Alison Torbitt. In addition, Kenneth C. Lind was promoted to leader of the firms’ public finance practice group, Justin Thompson was promoted to office managing partner in LA, and Aaron Yowell was promoted to chief innovation officer.

Why hasn't the hip-hop boom pushed more black executives to the top?

Billboard | April 12, 2018

Los Angeles IP Counseling and Transactions partner Julian Petty is quoted in this article discussing the lack of black executives in an industry that is increasingly driven by urban music and black culture.

Power Lawyers: 11 Top Music Attorneys for John Legend, BTS and More

The Hollywood Reporter | April 04, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty, whose clients include Childish Gambino and the estate of Notorious B.I.G., has been named a Top Music Attorney in the Power Lawyers issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

Frances McDormands Diversity Dream for Hollywood Faces Hurdles

Bloomberg | March 14, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Ellie Altshuler is quoted in this story about the possibility of widespread adoption for “inclusion riders”— a clause in an entertainer’s contract that mandates a diverse cast and crew for the project.

Daily Dicta: Nixon Peabody’s B.I.G. Win

AmLaw Daily | March 11, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty successfully defended the estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. in a copyright suit. Riordan is quoted in this article, saying the ruling “is sure to become an influential decision on music copyright infringement cases.”

Copyright Lawsuit Against Rita Ora, Notorious B.I.G. Estate Dismissed

Billboard | March 08, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty are quoted for their representation of the estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. in the successful defense of a copyright suit filed by a 1960s revolutionary poet.

Notorious B.I.G. Shakes Copyright Row Over 'Party' Song

Law360 | March 08, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty are mentioned in this article on NP’s win representing the estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. A judge ruled the rapper’s use of a phrase from a 1960s poem was permissible under copyright law because it was “transformative.”

What Does Black History Month Mean to the Music Industry?

Pigeons and Planes | February 25, 2018

Los Angeles IP transactions and counseling of counsel Carron Mitchell is quoted in this article on how she views the significance of Black History Month in the music industry, and the need for greater representation in leadership roles.

Music Attorney Julian Petty on Biggie, A Tribe Called Quest & Childish Gambino's RCA Deal

Billboard Magazine | February 01, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is profiled in Billboard, the top trade publication in the music industry. Petty talks about how a love of hip-hop led him from a small town in New York to Def Jam Records to a career representing artists such as Childish Gambino, A Tribe Called Quest, Vince Staples and the estate of The Notorious B.I.G.

2018 preview: With business booming, new pressures on music industry

Billboard | January 04, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty provides commentary in this roundup article about predictions for the music industry in 2018.

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