Actors, Authors & Comedians

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Actors, celebrities, authors, and comedians from various walks of life have come to Dickinson Wright for assistance in their dealings with managers, agents, movie production companies, networks, book publishers, and live or stand-alone shows.

Our media attorneys understand the various rights that actors and authors need to focus on and protect. At times, we help to place, fund, and negotiate various deals for actors, authors and comedians. Our work includes the following:

Actors & Celebrities


  • Movie deals

  • Television series deals

  • Broadway & “off Broadway” show deals

  • Twitter & social media deals

  • Network specials

  • Special appearances

  • Show funding deals with actors owning their rights & licensing the show back to the network

  • Sale of the actor’s brand name & royalty management

  • Show brand protection

  •  Estate planning of the IP, trademarks, & likenesses associated with the actor
  • Net Profits participation                           

  •  Bodyguard & security agreements
  • Executive producer & director deals

  • Confidentiality agreements & policies for staff

  • Branding deals

  • Enforcement of all the above




  • Negotiate single book deals & renegotiate book deals    

  • License content, pictures, & art for authors & book publishers

  • Negotiate series book deals

  • Legal readings for biographies

  • Negotiate ghostwriter deals

  • Movie option deals

  • Negotiate book agent deals

  • Screenwriting option negotiations 




  • One-off show agreements      

  • Album deals

  • National tours

  • Acting agreements

  • Vegas stays

  • Management, agent &  business

  • Movie deals

  • Manager agreements & disputes

  • Brand protection

  • Enforcement of all the above


Additionally, our Actors, Authors, and Comedian practice assists with the following:


  • Talent Agreements

  • Sponsorship & Branding

  • Production Companies      

  • Copyright Protection

  • TV Host Deals

  • Trademark Protection

  • Books and Authors

  • Dispute Resolution


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