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Overview

Taking a leading role in helping entertainers reach their goals

The media and entertainment sectors are rapidly evolving, forcing industry players to innovate and reinvent their content offerings to remain competitive. However, as increased investment and content delivery revolutionize the media and entertainment industries, the expansion presents new risks to creative assets and business interests.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig works with clients in television, digital media, music, film, theater, publishing, and emerging media. Our law firm has a depth of experience that transcends sheer legal knowledge, honed by years of working within the media and entertainment industries.

Our experience in media and entertainment

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig represents companies, groups, and individual performers in legal disputes and contractual matters. Our clients include indie bands, authors, directors, actors, studios, and producers of Academy Award-winning films.

Our multidisciplinary team delivers practical advice informed by industry experience. Our lawyers include former film and television producers who have worked on feature films, commercials, and television shows. Attorneys in our media and entertainment team, in addition to inside industry experience and IMDB credits, have been named to the “Power 100” list of U.S. entertainment lawyers by The Hollywood Reporter, participated on the AMC Network’s Sundance Film Festival TV panels, and have served as guest speakers at entertainment symposiums and workshops across the United States. They have also been involved in the music industry, including production, publishing, and podcasting.

What we do

  • Negotiate financing, production, and distribution deals for conventional and digital media, including producers, broadcasters, distributors, banks, talent, marketing agencies, and investors
  • Secure endorsement, licensing, and sponsorship opportunities in the entertainment and media industries
  • Negotiate and draft employment and talent agreements
  • Protect intellectual property, including litigating copyright matters on behalf of artists and managing copyright and fair use issues for studios
  • Support business and legal affairs issues for marketing activations involving social media channel series, influencers, FTC compliance, web series producers, production companies, and talent
  • Represent music clients, including media companies, imprints, new labels, and new artists, in contracting, licensing, merchandising, corporate sponsorship, and financing matters
  • Serve as film financing counsel and production counsel for independent film production
  • Negotiate international film distribution rights and life rights purchase options for feature films
  • Spearhead sale of film rights for novelists
  • Handle copyright and apostille for film production and distributors, including correction of copyright office and filing errors
  • File and manage copyright registrations, cease-and-desist matters, and various enforcement issues related to film, music, photography, and written works of authorship

Our Team

Partner

Alex Butterman

Partner

Charles Cantine

Partner

Thomas Dunlap

Partner

William Flachsbart

Partner

S. Claire Gibson

Partner

Robert Greenspoon

Partner

Dubs Herschlip

Partner

Michael La Porte

Partner

David Ludwig

Partner

Team

Craig Besnoy

Of Counsel

Scott Cipinko

Of Counsel

James Dick

Of Counsel

Ron Diaz

Senior Associate

Jeffrey Lippman

Senior Associate

Tracy Pearson

Senior Associate

Hyung Gyu (Leo) Sun

Senior Associate

Daniel Davis

Associate

Alex Rowan

Associate

Michael Shafer

Associate

Dylan Cooper

Law Clerk

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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.