► Television Attorney | Television Lawyer
We represent Television clients throughout the U.S.
and from 22+ Countries Internationally
The small screen is often where big dreams take shape. Comprising the grass-roots of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, television stars, producers, directors, technical talent, and others need legal assistance to help address common legal issues with confidence and reliability.
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.
► Who We Represent
Axis represents numerous types of clients involved in and connected with the 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:
► Types of TV Projects We Represent
Having experience and industry knowledge of the 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:
► 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:
Writers and Talent
Axis represents Film and TV professionals in their involvement with Film/TV ventures, across multiple practice areas:
TV/TV 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:
Financing and Investments
Axis assists producers, and production companies with investment and financing issues arising out of the filmmaking process:
Intellectual Property & Licensing
Axis assists TV clients with a wide variety of intellectual property and licensing matters, ranging across copyright, trademark, trade secret, licensing, confidentiality, and related matters:
Unions and Guilds
Axis advises clients on a variety of union and guild issues, including compliance, contract negotiations, disputes, and regulatory matters:
► What Does an Television Lawyer Do?
Independent producers, tv production, and development companies usually need legal help from time to time. Whether it involves development, production, or distribution, having competent counsel involved with a TV production project can be instrumental. Generally, TV attorneys can assist with a variety of tasks, including serving as production counsel, assisting with Hollywood union (WGA, DGA, SAG/AFTRA, and IATSE) union contracts, non-union deals, music licensing, rights clearances, book, life story, literary acquisitions, negotiating talent agreements with writers, directors, actors, voice-over talent, reality television performs, composers, casting directors, and digital media artists. In addition, there will generally be celebrity endorsements and merchandising opportunities with successful TV projects, so negotiating favorable opportunities is just as important as securing intellectual property rights to the TV project. With so many hands involved in financing and developing a movie or television production, you need to make sure each individual has a clear legal understanding of his or her roles and responsibilities.
► What Can a Television 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 complete, 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. Film-making professionals 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 Television 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 television production clients. Most television 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 Television Attorney?
A television attorney should be hired as early as possible in the television 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 series. 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 financing finder agreement.
► What Kinds of Legal Issues Will I Need a Television Attorney to Help With?
AXIS Legal Counsel’s television 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
- Copyright Infringement
- Chain of Title
- Collaboration Agreements
- Crew Deal Memos
- 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. Read My Bio
► Tell Me More About Your Firm … I Really Need a Good Law Firm Behind Me.
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.
► What are Past Clients Saying About You?
Don’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 television 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 television 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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► Serving Clients Nationwide and in 22+ Countries Internationally
We represent clients throughout the U.S. and in 22+ countries internationally.
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