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► Loan-Out Companies for Entertainers 

Loan-out Company Formation and Maintenance

We represent Entertainment Clients
with Loan-Out Companies, Corporations
Loan-Out S Corps and LLCs for Entertainment Ventures


Nearly every celebrity, musician, artist, band, group, or other entertainment professional that you know has what is called a “loan out company,” by which their personal services are provided to the public at large.

A loan-out corporation is essentially a company that is formed for the purposes of employing the entertainer, whether it is an actor, actress, musician, artist, band, group, singer, or other entertainment professional.

If you need to establish a loan-out company, a loan-out corporations, a loan-out S Corporation, or LLC for entertainment, business, or tax reasons, contact us today. Axis Legal Counsel represents entertainment clients in a multitude of legal matters.


► Types of Entertainers and Influencers we Represent 

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

  • Entertainment Law
  • Business Tax Law
  • Formations & Dissolutions
  • Contracts & Transactions
  • Influencers and Entertainers
  • Actors and Actresses
  • Musicians
  • Athletes and Sports Figures
  • Singers and Songwriters
  • Social Media Influencers
  • Dancers and Theatric Stars
  • Fashion Models
  • Creatives and Creators

► Entertainment 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.

    Contracts and Transactions

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:

  • Contracts and transactions
  • Endorsement deals
  • Licensing
  • Intellectual property
  • Influencer agreements
  • Social media promotions
  • Production agreements
  • Actor/actress agreements
  • Screenwriters
  • TV & Film Agreements
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Writing contracts
  • Publishing
  • 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)

Why Loan Out?   

There are a few reasons why entertainers form loan-out companies, most of which have to do with taxes, income-planning, and intellectual property. For example:

  • Reducing Tax Rate. Generally, having a loan out company will help entertainers who do not have consistent income (very high one year, maybe low the next year) spread out their tax obligations for high-income years. Being able to spread that income out over several years will result in an overall lower tax rate.
  • Lower Taxes Overall. Because corporations are taxed lower than individuals, entertainers would generally pay less in taxes operating through a corporation than as a n individual, i.e., a sole proprietor.
  • Pensions and 401(K)s. One of the greatest benefits of an entertainment loan-out company is the ability to funnel the entertainer’s income, tax-free, into certain plans that have very favorable tax treatment, such as pensions, 401(K) plans, or other similar profit sharing plans and trusts. With these types of tax-deferred accounts, the entertainer does not need to pay taxes on income until retirement and would even have an opportunity to obtain distributions of income, tax-free, in the case of a disability later in life. Even better, the money saved up in these tax-deferred accounts could be excluded from death taxes upon the death of the entertainer, leaving more for the entertainer’s family and heirs.
  • Protecting Intellectual Property. In the event that bad financial or other circumstances fall upon the entertainer, the entertainer’s valuable intellectual property assets are preserved as property of the company.

How Loan Out Companies Work

In a typical loan-out entity, a musician would form a loan-out company, and when advances or royalties were paid by the musician’s record label, they would be paid to the company, not the musician. The company would then pay salary to the musician, as an employee, and pay payroll taxes and the employer’s share of FICA (Medicare/social security) for the musician. At the end of the year, the company would issue a W-2 tax return to the musician and the musician would file taxes as an employee.  The loan-out company would pay the expenses incurred by the musician, such as agency or manager commissions, and legal or accounting fees, and could deduct business expenses such as office space, and equipment.

Types of Loan-Outs 

Loan-out companies are like any other business entity. They can consist of C-Corporations, S-Corporations, and LLCs. Many entertainers prefer S-Corporations or LLCs rather than traditional C-Corporations because of the easier administration and management of those types of corporate entities.

What are the Disadvantages to Loan-Outs?

The disadvantages of having loan-out companies are primarily related to the extra expense that will be required to set up and maintain the business entity, as well as accounting and legal services to reduce the risk of audit by the IRS.  Because loan out companies can result in significant tax savings, they can be investigated more closely by the IRS. Corporations and LLCs  can generally cost approximately $1,500 – $3,500 to start up, with various governmental and other maintenance fees payable over the course of the entity’s life. In California, for example, a franchise fee of $800 per year must be paid to the California secretary of state, which is waived for the first year for corporations, but due immediately for LLCs.

What kind of Maintenance is Required for a Loan-out?

To ensure that the loan out company stays in existence, and in accordance with the legal requirements, entertainers will need to make sure that the corporate formalities are met, such as holding annual meetings, maintaining minutes of meetings, filing the necessary secretary of state annual filings, and paying taxes to state and federal taxing authorities. Further, if the loan out company employs any assistants, staff, or other employees, it will need to comply with state and federal labor laws.

AXIS Legal Counsel represents entertainers in all types of entertainment matters, including forming loan out companies and structuring entertainment business entities and transactions to accomplish a variety of business planning needs for entertainers. For information or for a confidential consultation, contact us at (213) 403-0130.

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.

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We 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.


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