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Los Angeles Film Attorney | Film Law 

Looking for the Right Film Lawyer?

We represent Film and Television clients
throughout Los Angeles and California with a
focus on affordability and strong representation.

Filmmaking  is at the core of entertainment industry.  Filmmakers, studios, producers, directors, actors, technical talent, and others need legal assistance to navigate through an unyielding series of legal issues.

Distinguished from other firms by the array of services offered, AXIS handles  film and television legal matters, production and distribution, copyright matters, union and guild contracts, film, television and music licensing, represent music, film and television talent; and litigate a wide variety of entertainment- and media-related disputes.

 

 

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► 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:

  • Actors/actresses
  • Film distributors
  • Film investors
  • Film companies
  • Filmmakers
  • Independent studios
  • Producers
  • Production companies
  • Post-production companies
  • Screenwriters
  • Television writers
  • Television producers

► Types of Film/TV Projects We Represent

Having experience and industry knowledge of the film and television business is crucial for providing reliable legal advice. Our clients come from a range of genres spanning multiple fields and areas, including but not limited to the following:

  • Independent films
  • Shorts
  • Life stories / biographies
  • Documentaries
  • Film-festival submissions
  • Feature motion pictures
  • Television series
  • Television specials
  • Comedy specials
  • Reality TV Shows
  • Scripted Series

► 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

 

Writers and Talent

Axis represents Film and TV professionals in their involvement with Film/TV ventures, across multiple practice areas:

  • 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

 

TV/Film Contracts and Transactions

Axis represents TV and Film professionals and businesses in a wide variety of contracts, negotiations, agreements and transactions relating to film and tv production:

  • Adaption agreements
  • Cast Agreements
  • Chain of Title opinions
  • Commission agreements
  • Contract negotiations
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Crew Agreements
  • Day Actor Agreements
  • Film ventures
  • Film Cast Agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Hosting Agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Location agreements
  • Option/purchase agreements
  • Production Counsel
  • Publicity Contracts
  • Security Agreements
  • Sound & Light Contracts
  • Studio Contracts
  • Talent/Model Agreements
  • Screenplay agreements
  • Sales agency agreements
  • Writing agreements

 

 

Financing and Investments

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

  • Film LLC
  • TV Production LLCs
  • TV and Film investors
  • Film financing
  • TV and Film financing agreements
  • Film bonds and sureties
  • Film investor pools
  • Film investments
  • Residual/participation agreements
  • Back-end compensation agreements
  • Television production investment agreements
  • Producer participation agreements
  • Participation agreements
  • Sales financing
  • Distribution financing

 

Intellectual Property & Licensing

Axis assists TV and Film 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

 

Disputes, Lawsuits, and Litigation

Axis represents clients in Film/TV matters in a wide range of disputes, lawsuits, and litigation, ranging multiple practice areas:

  • Participation/residual accounting
  • Accounting disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Infringement
  • Breaches of contract
  • Film investment fraud
  • TV/Film financial mismanagement
  • Non-disclosure agreement breaches
  • Unfair competition
  • Invasions of privacy
  • Non-payment of debts or money for services rendered

 

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 Film Lawyer Do?  

A film lawyer can be crucial to success in film and television industry. Whether it involves shooting a short film, videos and commercials, creating a larger feature film project involving hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, and crew, there are a number of legal issues that arise during film production. For example, a business entity will have to be created to produce the film, and will deal with issues of financing, liability, and tax. When developing a film project, many producers first create a Corporation or LLC that develops one or more projects until each project is ready to be funded and produced. The development company does all the developmental work for the film project, such as acquiring underlying literary work for screenplay on which the film will be based. When the project is ready for funding in production, it will be transferred to a production LLC, insulating the producers other projects from failure or liability. The production LLC will owner license all the rights to the intellectual property associated with the film. Distributors will carefully examine a production LLC’s paperwork to make sure that the production LLC has all the necessary intellectual property rights. Film production is a collaborative process and it requires legal counsel to avoid mistakes.

What Can a Film Lawyer Help You With?

AXIS Legal Counsel’s film and media practice includes the handling of finance, production and distribution agreements as well as talent and executive employment, union and guild contracts, rights acquisitions, and sales agreements for both established and emerging film, music and media entities. AXIS can assist with raising debt and equity capital from private and public sources to fund major studio and independent projects as well as entertainment startups.

  • Negotiations. AXIS offers legal services to actors, actresses, studios, filmmakers, producers, writers, and numerous other professionals involved in filmmaking with negotiations of many kinds and types of deals.
  • Contract Review.  At a minimum, film industry professionals should have a lawyer or attorney help them review all contracts they are asked to sign so as to obtain a complete understanding of what their obligations are.
  • Film / Video Licensing. Once production is cimplete, there are a multitude of issues involving licensing rights, or simply put, who has the rights to use all or some of the final product and for what purposes. AXIS helps film professionals understand copyright and licensing laws and their rights and obligations.
  • Merchandising.  Merchandising can provide enhanced income for those involved with filmmaking.  Who has the authority to approve merchandise and how is merchandise income accounted for?  AXIS helps film industry professionals address merchandising now and in the years to come.
  • Distribution. With the growth of mobile and digital media, the legal issues involved with packaging and distribution rights have exponentially grown.  Fillmaking profesionals may not always have a clear understanding of the legal issues involved when films, movies, and shows are distributed online or through streaming channels.  AXIS is here to help.
  • Film / Video Production.  The relationship between studio, actor/actress, director, and producer can be a complex one.   AXIS helps provide legal counsel on numerous production and developmental issues in the film industry.
  • Reality Shows.  AXIS is experienced with the numerous legal issues that accompany reality shows. From pitching concepts to securing talent, releases, negotiations, public relations, film location legal matters, chain of title issues, or other common legal issues, AXIS Legal Counsel can assist.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Film Attorney?

Many clients associated with the film and television industry worry that it can be too cost prohibitive to hire a experienced film and television attorney. This is not accurate. Axis Legal Counsel removes these obstacles by providing a variety of flexible fee and billing options for film in production clients. Most film in production clients ask us to do work on a flat fee basis, task-based basis, and for film financing projects, we are able to assist on a deferred contingency basis, so that the production company pays little to no amount for attorneys fees up front. With a variety of billing options available, it is easier than ever to retain a film attorney to help with film project

When Should I Hire a Film Attorney?

A film attorney should be hired as early as possible in the film development project. For example the production company will have to be properly formed in accordance with California laws and regulations, as will the vehicle for soliciting investments in the film. Once the producer is ready to seek investments for the film, the film attorney should be brought in to assist with the mechanics of making a securities offering, as US and California securities laws will have to be complied with.

This may involve the creation of private placement memorandums, promissory notes, production support, fiscal sponsorship agreements, as well as a business plan, production budget, timeline, and if the circumstances warrant, a film financing finder agreement.

What Kinds of Legal Issues Will I Need a Film Attorney to Help With?

AXIS Legal Counsel’s film law and entertainment practice focuses on both transactional and litigation issues faced by members of the film and television industry.  AXIS has experience with a variety of issues pertinent to the film industry, including

  • Agency  Bookings
  • Artwork Releases
  • Booking Contracts
  • Broadcast Recordings
  • Casting Director Agreements
  • Certificates of Authorship
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Counterfeiting
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Chain of Title
  • Collaboration Agreements
  • Crew Deal Memos
  • Cyber-Piracy
  • Day Actor Contracts
  • Deal Memos
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Event Sponsorships
  • Film Clip Licensing
  • Film Synchronization Agreements
  • Film/Video Licensing
  • Location Agreements
  • Management Agreements
  • Merchandising Agreements
  • Option-Purchase Agreements
  • Production Counsel
  • Publicity Contracts
  • Security Agreements
  • Sound & Light Contracts
  • Studio Contracts
  • Talent/Model Agreements
  • TV Hosting Agreements
  • TV Series Producer Agreements
  • Union Bookings
  • Video Releases
  • Video Licensing

 

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 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.

 

 

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 Avvo.com, 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.

 

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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 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) – Top 2.5% of Attorneys in the State
  • “Superb” Rated by Avvo.com (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • “Top Attorneys – Los Angeles Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Recognized as one of the Global 100 Lawyers in Business Law (2017)
  • “Business Law Firm of the Year” – ACQ/Intertrust Magazine (2016)
  • “Top Business Law Firm” – Finance Monthly Magazine (2016)
  • “Superb” Rated by Avvo.com (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Lawyers of Distinction (2016)
  • “Up and Coming Attorneys” (2010)
  • Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to Leading Lawyers and Firms (2009)

 

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