Working with Clients Throughout the Entertainment Industry

KDV offers first-rate legal counsel to clients in the entertainment industry. From television and film to music and theatre, our firm develops innovative transactions that help our clients achieve their most important goals and objectives. We represent a wide variety of individuals and business in the industry on national and international levels, including:

  • Recording Artists
  • Producers
  • Production Companies
  • Actors
  • Talent
  • Writers
  • Directors
  • Production Designers
  • Institutional Investors
  • Estates

Attorney Ivan Smith, who leads our Entertainment Law Practice, is well-recognized throughout entertainment industry circles. His clients have included Emmy award-winning television producers, members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and artists who have won Grammy Awards presented by The Recording Academy. As part of his entertainment law practice, he also represents institutional investors in the industry who have grossed nearly $1 billion in revenues.

Comprehensive Counsel and Representation

KDV’s Entertainment Law Practice provides across-the-board representation to industry clients, from publicity and concerts to licensing and marketing. We have extensive experience drafting and negotiating all types of entertainment transactions, including deals involving licensing, intellectual property, marketing, merchandising and publishing rights. The lawyers at our firm also litigate high stakes cases in state and federal court on behalf of individuals and companies in the entertainment industry and represent music estates in matters involving critical licensing and publishing rights.

Clients in the entertainment industry trust that our legal team has the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to help them achieve their desired results. We combine strong backgrounds in business and commercial litigation with an extensive understanding of the entertainment industry to meet the needs and objectives of our clients. We do not believe in taking a standardized approach to industry transactions. Instead, we craft individualized deals and agreements that address the particular circumstances and concerns of our clients in order to position them to successfully launch and grow their careers and advance their business and financial interests.

KDV’s entertainment law clients also benefit from our firm’s multidisciplinary approach to the practice of law. Our lawyers regularly share ideas and work with colleagues in practice groups throughout the firm, including Labor and Employment Law, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Insurance Coverage and Litigation, Risk Management and General Liability, to meet the diverse needs and demands of the entertainment industry.

Entertainment Law's Leaders
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