Film & Television

Dickinson & Wright has long been a go-to law firm for well-known names in the film and television industry. From major production companies to A-list stars, our clients see us as vital and trusted partners. Having spent more than 25 years working for this specialized sector, we understand the complex nature of the film and television business and the needs of each unique stakeholder.

Whether it is advising a production company on protecting its investment in multi-million dollar studios or helping film and television talent leverage their brand into endorsement and spokesperson deals, we have done it all. We also understand the unique needs of our film and television clients when it comes to securing their valuable intellectual property (IP) assets, such as trademarks and copyrights. Always focused on the details, our lawyers also take a wide view of each matter to ensure it supports the client’s goals, both immediate and long-term business goals.

Some of the work we have done in film and television includes:

• Drafting and negotiating talent agreements, host deals, and sponsorship and endorsement contracts.
• Advising production companies on set-up, funding, production and distribution agreements.
• Filing for copyright and trademark protection, managing IP portfolios and defending client assets through litigation.
• Immigration related to extra-ordinary ability (i.e. 0-1 Visas).
• Litigation and dispute resolution.
• Reality show production and talent agreements.
• Music and trademark licensing for film and TV projects.
• Nationwide children’s show production and distribution agreements.
• International live broadcasts and music licensing.
• Book to film agreements.
• Film and TV legal reviews for high controversy productions.

To learn more about major areas of our Film & Television practice, please select from among the following:

Talent Agreements

Production Companies

TV Host Deals

Sponsorship and Branding

Copyright Protection for Film and TV

Trademark Protection for Film and TV

International Film Immigration

Dispute Resolution