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Los Angeles Entertainment Attorney  



Based out of the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, AXIS Legal Counsel is a Los Angeles Entertainment Attorney that has represented numerous  individuals and businesses involved with the entertainment industry, whether involving Music, TV, Film, Visual Arts, Fashion, Photography, Literary / Publishing, Digital Media, talent/artist side, company, technical talent, producers, studios, distributors, manufacturers, support teams, or others.

Searching for the right entertainment attorney to represent you can be a difficult decision. AXIS Legal Counsel provides full-service entertainment law firm support for entertainment clients in California and from around the world.

► Who We Represent

Axis represents numerous types of clients involved in and connected with the film and television industry, whether consisting of the studio/company side, producers and production companies, as well as talent. Our clients include but are not limited to the following:

  • Talent, Creatives, and Influencers
  • Television / Film Clients
  • Music Industry clients
  • Fashion Clients
  • Art Clients
  • Actors/actresses
  • Independent studios
  • Producers and Production Companies
  • Bands, Songwriters, Music Groups
  • Musicians
  • Directors
  • Post-production companies
  • Screenwriters
  • Television writers
  • Television producers

► Types of Entertainment Businesses we Represent 

Axis Legal Counsel can assist your entertainment businesses in full-service legal representations that span multiple practice areas for comprehensive legal coverage:

  • Entertainment Business Law
  • Business Tax Law
  • Formations & Dissolutions
  • Contracts & Transactions
  • Talent Agencies
  • Casting Agencies
  • Managers and Management
  • Production Companies
  • Post-Production Companies
  • Publishers and Co-Publishers
  • Public Relations
  • Independent Record Labels
  • Entertainment Services
  • Entertainment Businesses

► Film & Television Practice Areas

We represent clients involved with the Film & Television industry with a variety of legal matters. Whether it involves contract negotiations, entity formation, compliance with California laws and regulations,  licensing, copyright/trademark matters, consulting, strategic advice, or production issues,  Axis offers entertainers connected to the film & television industry high-quality legal representation spanning multiple legal fields.


    Film and TV Businesses

Axis helps Film and Television business form, run, and operate in compliance with California’s laws, rules, and regulations:

  • Business entity setup and formation
  • Legal compliance
  • C Corporations
  • S Corporations
  • LLCs
  • DBAs
  • Entertainment loan-out companies
  • Licensing and Permits
  • Production vehicles
  • Investment vehicles
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Film Tax Credit Issues
  • Film and TV businesses
  • Film and TV business contracts
  • Partnerships and ventures
  • Celebrity/Influencer ventures

► Music Industry Practice Areas

      Music Industry

Axis represents music clients in the music industry, across multiple practice areas:

  • 360 Deals
  • Artist Development Contracts
  • Artist-Producer Transactions
  • Artist-Record Label Transactions
  • Band Formations
  • Band Disputes
  • Band Management Disputes
  • Composition Rights
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Live Performance Agreements
  • Manager Agreements
  • Merchandising
  • Music Royalties Disputes
  • Recording Contracts
  • Recording Agreements
  • Royalties Accounting
  • Trademark Infringement


Entertainment Contracts Practice Areas

       Writers and Talent

Axis Legal Counsel serves the entertainment industry, including entertainment talent, creative professionals, and influencers across multiple medium, including film, television, music, new media, mobile apps, radio, online, and numerous others:

  • Actor/actress agreements
  • Screenwriters
  • Screenwriting agreements
  • Screenplay commissions
  • Filmmaking agreements
  • Producer agreements
  • Producer compensation
  • Director agreements
  • Director compensation
  • Cast agreements
  • Talent agreements
  • Option/purchase agreements
  • Life rights agreements
  • Rewriting agreements
  • Creative consultant agreements


      Financing and Investments

Axis assists entertainment producers, and production companies with investment and financing issues arising out of the production process:

  • Loanouts and Entertainment Businesses
  • Production LLCs
  • Entertainment investment agreements
  • Entertainment production Financing
  • Investor pools
  • Entertainment Investments
  • Residual/participation agreements
  • Back-end compensation agreements
  • Production investment agreements
  • Producer participation agreements
  • Participation agreements
  • Sales financing
  • Distribution financing


        Intellectual Property & Licensing

Axis assists entertainment clients with a wide variety of intellectual property and licensing matters, ranging across copyright, trademark, trade secret, licensing, confidentiality, and related matters:

  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Copyrights
  • Copyright Assignments
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Content-Licensing Agreements
  • Intellectual Property Assignment
  • Licensing Contracts
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Licensing Contracts
  • Video Synchronizations
  • Film Clip Licensing
  • Trademarks
  • Trademark Disputes
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Trademark Registrations


     Unions and Guilds

Axis advises clients on a variety of union and guild issues, including compliance, contract negotiations, disputes, and regulatory matters:

  • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists  (IATSE)(AFTRA)
  • Directors Guild of America (DGA)
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  •  Motion Picture Directors Association
  • Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
  • Writers Guild of America (WGA)
  • Producers Guild of America (PGA)
  • Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP)
  •  International Cinematographers Guild
  • Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG)
  • Animation Guild
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE)

What Does an Entertainment Lawyer Do?  

Entertainment lawyers can help negotiate deals and opportunities for you, and represent you if you have a dispute involving an entertainment matter. They can assist with:

  • Reviewing contracts
  • Negotiating terms of a deal, arrangement, opportunity, or contract
  • Helping you deal with intellectual property issues, licensing, sampling, and other creative expressions
  • Investigating your rights to royalties and making sure you are getting paid the royalties you are due
  • Helping you with public relations issues, image- or reputation-management, and working with your team to help take your brand to the next level
  • Dealing with a lawsuit, dispute, or other legal matter involving others

If you are involved in any type of entertainment matter and need legal advice, contact AXIS Legal Counsel.


How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Entertainment Attorney?

Many clients wonder how expensive it will be and how these are charged when hiring an entertainment attorney. The answer often depends on the type of the project. For example, if your matter involves a contract review, usually, we can give you a budget and flat fee quote, once we are able to see the contract. In some cases, clients ask us to review agreements they have been presented with, or prepare an agreement they need to present another party with, and we can usually do so for a flat fee. We offer flat fees to make hiring an entertainment attorney more affordable. The typical fees for an entertainment attorney are hourly; however, in our experience, there are a variety of projects that can typically be budgeted and billed on a flat fee basis. We work with clients to make the hiring of an entertainment attorney as affordable as possible.

Some of our flat fee services included the following:

  • Contract reviews
  • Contract revisions
  • Music agreements
    • Independent record label agreements
    • Artist-Producer agreements
    • Studio agreements
    • Producer-Record label agreements
    • 360 agreements
    • Numerous others
  • Film agreements
    • Screenplay option/purchase agreements
    • Production collaboration agreements
    • Screenplay commission agreements
    • Investment agreements
    • Financing agreements
    • Numerous others
  • Entertainment loan-out company formations
  • Visual Arts Agreements
  • Intellectual property
    • Trademarks
    • Copyrights

and numerous others.

When Should I Hire an Entertainment Attorney?

One of the biggest mistakes many entertainers make during the course of their entertainment careers is not getting legal help soon enough. Many aspiring authors, musicians, actors, producers, models, bands, and others often make the error of relying on their managers or agents to pair them up with a lawyer. This can often lead to disastrous consequences, with the entertainer receiving very little independent legal advice by a lawyer who is actually looking out for their best interests.

If you are an actor/actress, model,  singer/songwriter, artist,  a  musician, band, photographer, scriptwriter, producer, filmmaker, or are writing, producing books, movies, songs, or anything else, you should get an entertainment lawyer to make sure: 1) you are on equal bargaining terms with a much larger agency, label, production company, or studio; 2) that you understand what you are signing; and 3) get credit and compensation that you deserve. A Los Angeles entertainment attorney can help you accomplish these tasks.

How Long Will my Project Take to Complete? 

Generally, we fulfill client orders for services on projects within 1 to 2 days. Obviously, it will depend on the exact nature of what you need. We suggest that you start by contacting us to tell us more about your project, and during the consultation, we will let you know what the estimated time frame will be, once we have more information from you. Most clients have their orders for services fulfilled within 1 to 2 days. If it will take longer than this timeframe, we will let you know.

How to Request a Flat Fee Quote?

The best way to request a flat fee quote for your project is to email us with what you need and, if it involves reviewing an agreement, a copy of your agreement. We will usually respond within 24 hours and provide you with the flat fee quote. Or, you can use the attached link to our form to Request a Consultation. 

There is no charge for budgeting. If you would like to go forward with our firm after receiving the quote, then we would love to work with you.

Who Will Work on My Legal Project? 

Meet our managing attorney, Rabeh Soofi. Rabeh is the founder of the firm and personally oversees all legal projects for clients. You will never be passed around from lawyer to lawyer, and your project will never be delegated to brand-new lawyers with no experience. We have a “clients first” approach, so we work very closely with clients to develop a good working relationship based on trust and mutual respect. Clients are never routed through receptionists or secretaries to have calls screened –  you will have direct access to your attorney, without any intermediaries, all the time, whenever you need help. Read My Bio

How Much Experience Do You Have on Projects Like Mine?

Nearly every client wants to make sure that their attorney has experience with projects like theirs and knows the ins and outs of the legal issues that arise in projects of that kind. Axis, there is an overwhelming likelihood that we have not only handled projects like yours, but probably dozens or hundreds of them.  Entertainment Law is one of our areas of focus at Axis. This means that we delve into all aspects and this is within entertainment law. Entertainment law is a very broad field. It involves a wide variety of legal topics spanning contracts and transactions, intellectual property, negotiating with others, and of course, addressing risks and liabilities to avoid legal disputes in the future. In some cases, it involves forming new entities, preparing documents to set up a new business relationship with partners, investors, or numerous others. We handle all aspects of entertainment law spanning multiple practice areas.

Tell Me More About Your Firm …  I Really Need a Good Law Firm Behind Me. 

PhiloButtonWe feel the same way! Axis places a huge focus on helping film clients get fairness and fair deals, and we genuinely approach each client engagement as an opportunity to help the growth of emerging or established entertainer. We develop strong relationships with their clients, often over the course of many years, and maintain a very collaborative working relationship with clients, decision-makers, and others, that is based on trust, mutual respect, and a team-based approach to helping the entertainment or creative professional growth.

Axis is also a huge supporter of the Los Angeles entertainment community. Axis is a member of the California Lawyers for the Arts, and routinely holds seminars, presentations, and other events for members of the LA entertainment community.


►   What are Past Clients Saying About You?

readreviewssDon’t take our word for it – hear what clients have to say! We are rated 10.0 by, ranked as “Superb” in the practice of law. What to know what past clients have to say about Axis? Check out our Client Reviews!


   This Seems Way Too Easy… What’s the Catch?

There is no catch! Axis counsels and represents film clients every day, all week long, every month, throughout the year. We routinely represent film clients from all genres. We love helping emerging and established film and motion picture professionals.

Entertainment FAQs

Our FAQs answer the most common issues
in the Entertainment industry.

We have an extensive FAQ Library that covers the most common questions we get from entertainment businesses, as well as FAQs on recent changes in law affecting entertainment businesses.

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► Our Recent Projects 


We counsel entertainment clients every day
in nearly every practice area.

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Our Awards and Accolades

Our talented legal counsel has  consistently been recognized for excellence in legal services, and has been rated or ranked by Avvo, SuperLawyers, Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to Leading Litigation Lawyers & Law Firms, Los Angeles Magazine, and others.

  • Superlawyers – Rising Stars – Top 2.5% of Attorneys in the State
  • “Superb” Rated by
  • “Top Attorneys – Los Angeles Magazine
  • Recognized as one of the Global 100 Lawyers in Business Law
  • “Business Law Firm of the Year” – ACQ/Intertrust Magazine
  • “Top Business Law Firm” – Finance Monthly Magazine
  • “Superb” Rated by
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • “Up and Coming Attorneys”
  • Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to Leading Lawyers and Firms



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