So Television

We provide legal services to this top-ranked, BAFTA-winning, UK production company founded by Graham Norton and Graham Stuart.

Four Lions

Production counsel for "Four Lions," the BAFTA-award winning comedy about a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point.

Real Detective

Every detective has one. The case that takes him or her to the brink. The one that takes hold and won't let go. From investigation Discovery and WAM Group (Toronto). We’re production counsel.

Raw TV

US production counsel for Raw TV, a multi-award winning production company with a reputation for gripping narrative, visual innovation and journalistic vigour.

Ealing Studios

We are among the counsel to this legendary television/film production company, which is the oldest continuously working film studio in the world.

Channel 4

U.S. counsel to Channel 4, Britain's second largest broadcast network and one of the world's most challenging and creative producers of television programs and films.


We are production counsel for this Oscar-Nominated 2014 documentary about the fight to save Virunga National Park, the last refuge of moutain gorillas.

Locked Up Abroad

We are production counsel for "Locked Up Abroad," the National Geographic Channel's series that features inside accounts of capture, imprisonment, and pure terror, far from home.


Production counsel for the Primetime Emmy Award Winning HBO Documentary based on Bin Laden expert Peter Bergen's highly acclaimed, bestselling book.


US counsel to the largest and most popular commercial television network in the United Kingdom.


We are counsel for this groundbreaking CNN series narrated by Kevin Spacey, and produced by Kevin Spacey and Raw TV.


We are among the outside counsel to one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of outstanding entertainment brands.


Our latest Irish punk rock clients, the Derry/Londonderry band, TOUTS. With a name like TOUTS, it doesn't get more "in yer face" than this.


We're counsel to this award-winning film and television company, which for over 20 years has developed a reputation for high-quality, distinctive and innovative content.

The Shine Group

The Shine Group is the UK's largest independent production company. We have been providing production counsel services to two of its award-winning members: Shine TV and Dragonfly Productions.


Production and litigation counsel to Sacha Baron Cohen's award-winning film "Bruno."

Studio Lambert

We're among the counsel to this award-winning, fast-growing independent production company based in Soho, London.


US and UK counsel for this LA-and-London based production company founded by multiple Oscar and Emmy Award winning Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, and funded by Channel 4.

The People's Couch

We're production counsel to this hysterical, hit unscripted Bravo series that delivers the buzziest watercooler moments of the television season.

James Bond

We've been retained as production counsel for MGM's 50th Anniversary James Bond film.

Dirty Wars

We served as production counsel for this award-winning, widely acclaimed investigative documentary about U.S. covert operations across the globe.


Honored to be representing the director and producers of this important, Academy-Award-winning film.


Among the counsel for Sacha Baron Cohen on the Sony Pictures blockbuster action comedy, THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY


Based in London and New York, our client October Films is one of the UK's most respected and longest established factual television production companies. They have won over 100 international awards.


We are counsel to this Sundance-selected film showing how VHS tapes of Western movies sowed the seeds of revolution.


We are production counsel for this investigatory series by All3Media America, narrated by Martin Sheen for Investigation Discovery

The Dictator

We have been providing legal services in connection with Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator."

Stairway to Heaven

Counsel for this BBC Films documentary feature presented by Louis Theroux and produced by two-time Oscar-winner Simon Chinn.

Biggie & Tupac

Production Counsel for Nick Broomfield's "no holds barred," feature-length documentary on the murders of two rap music icons, Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.


Boardwalk Pictures is an award winning multimedia production company that develops and produces content for a variety of partners and distribution platforms, including most major networks.

The War On Democracy

Production Counsel for "The War on Democracy," John Pilger's award-winning, Lions Gate documentary about the U.S. role in Latin America.

Da Ali G Show

Production and litigation counsel to Sacha Baron Cohen's multiple-Emmy-nominated, path-breaking television series, "Da Ali G Show."

Royal Opera House

Providing U.S. legal assistance regarding the acclaimed, controversial opera, "Anna Nicole," about the life and death of Anna Nicole Smith.


We're counsel for this compelling ESPN/BBC feature film by producer/director Daniel Gordon, who takes on one of the darkest days in European football.


Among the counsel for Brad Pitt's production company, acclaimed for SELMA, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE BIG SHORT, THE DEPARTED, and other important films.


We are among the counsel to this award-winning independent production company, specializing in thought-provoking, entertaining television.


Counsel to this multiple award winning feature doc, starring Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Bono, Gregg Allman, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, Etta James, and Kieth Richards.


Production and claims counsel for the multi-Oscar nominated comedy, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."


This "NY Times Critics Pick," directed by two-time Oscar Nominee Lucy Walker and theatrically released worldwide, was produced by our joint venture, Convergent Media. We also served as counsel.

Death of a President - Chicago Borough Films

Production counsel for "Death of a President," the Emmy Award-winning docudrama involving the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush.


Counsel for groundbreaking documentary series by All3Media America and Participant Media.


We're counsel on this acclaimed film, inspired by the Arab Spring. It tells stories of ordinary individuals transformed by moral and personal challenges.

The Green Prince


We are among the counsel for this award-winning TV production company created by former Discovery Channel US President Jane Root.


We were production counsel for this "wildly entertaining" (Variety) scripted feature film that captivated the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.


We have been production and claims counsel for Sacha Baron Cohen for over a dozen years. We have been his counsel on DA ALI G SHOW, BORAT, BRUNO, THE DICTATOR, and THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY.


Among counsel for Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures Television, producers and/or distributors of some of the most successful motion pictures and programs in the world.


An insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their final year, as they set out to define their legacy, promote diplomacy - and react to the rise of Donald Trump.

LA 92

We were production counsel for this Primetime-Emmy-Award-winning feature, looking back at the protests and violence after the verdict in the Rodney King trial, through rarely seen archival footage.


One of our partners, Russell Smith, has provided legal advice and related services for Philip Glass, the world's most successful living music composer.


We're production counsel for this riveting film from producers of Academy Award winning, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, and BAFTA-winning Alex Holmes.

Stones In Exile

Production counsel for" Stones In Exile," a documentary film about the 1972 Rolling Stones album "Exile on Main St.," widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time.


We're among the counsel for this Oscar-winning (Best Feature Documentary) about Edward Snowden and national security in post 9/11 America.


US Production counsel for "The Bengali Detective," feature documentary about an overweight dance obsessed intrepid detective, providing unprecedented look at modern India through the prism of crime.


We have provided production counsel services for this TV series on Fox, featuring master chef Gordon Ramsay

20th Century Fox

Our attorneys have served as counsel for 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and the Fox Entertainment Group.


We are production counsel for this Primetime Emmy-Award-wining hit CNN series that follows comedian and political provocateur W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities and challenges across America.


We've been retained by the cable network with the best in British entertainment, including sci-fi, comedy, reality, drama, documentary, and movies.


We have been retained to provide legal advice to one of the world's leading providers of E&O and other media insurance for the film and television industry.


We were production counsel for this feature-length Showtime Documentary about the life of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.


We are among the preferred claims defense counsel for one of the world's largest media insurance companies.


We are among the counsel to the production and distribution arm of Sky UK, which is the UK's largest pay-TV company, and which in turn is owned by Sky plc, Europe's leading and largest media company.

The Flaw - Studio Lambert

Production counsel for Studio Lambert's "The Flaw," a telling documentary about the recent economic crisis.


We are counsel to this HBO Films / Altitude Films release, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the scandal-rocked, Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.


Handling contract drafting and negotiations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts

The Graham Norton Show

We provide production legal services to the UK's most popular television talk show, broadcast by the BBC.

The Pitch

Providing legal advice for this acclaimed TV series about the ad business.


Production counsel for the late Malik Bendjelloul's sensational, Oscar-winning "Searching for Sugar Man," released by Sony Pictures Classics.

Project Nim

Production counsel for "Project Nim," a revealing bio doc about a chimpanzee named Nim, raised & nurtured like a human child in 1970s experiment aiming to show that apes can communicate with language.


We're counsel on Beeban Kidron's acclaimed, absorbing feature film that addresses the relationship between teens and the Internet.


We are counsel to this multiple Oscar winning film and television company behind Searching for Sugar Man, The Imposter, and Project Nim, to name a few.


We're production counsel for this acclaimed HBO/BBC film by Dan Reed, about the murderous assault on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris


We're production counsel for this gripping Discovery series that follows extraordinary, true accounts of psychological manipulation of everyday people.


Owned by Lionsgate, our client Starz is a leading global media and entertainment distributor/producer, with over 5,000 TV episodes and feature films each year on its several channels.


Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) is an award-winning next generation production and distribution studio with content across film, television, social and premium digital video, and virtual reality.

Lion Television

US Counsel for Lion Television, one of the most successful independent production companies in the United Kingdom.


Our attorneys have been among the production and claims counsel to Home Box Office, Inc.


We're among the counsel for All3Media America, the LA-based, multi studio production hub for one of the world's leading creators of high-quality content.

Channel 5

US counsel for the highly popular and diverse Channel 5, Britain's fifth and final terrestrial broadcast network, launched in 1997.

Gold Rush: Alaska - Raw Television

Production counsel for the hit observational documentary television series, "Gold Rush: Alaska," about a group of men who risk everything in search of gold.

Media Rights Capital

Among counsel to MRC, the industry’s largest independent film, TV and digital studio.


We have been among the outside counsel for the BBC, where SmithDehn's Philip Wheeler was a senior in-house solicitor for 11 years.


Continuing as counsel to "The Yes Men" in their third acclaimed feature film, designed to draw awareness to the issue climate change.


Production counsel to this Sundance-premiering, inspirational film about a barmaid who breeds a racehorse, invading a province of the privileged.

Paramount Pictures

We are among the outside counsel for Paramount Pictures.

K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute

We have been counsel to this renowned yoga institute in Mysore, India, founded by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois, who spoke at the opening of our India office.


We are counsel to this non-profit foundation, supported by Channel 4, which empowers independent documentary filmmaking.

Paper Heart

Production counsel for "Paper Heart," the award-winning documentary about love starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera.


Together with Benedict Cumberbatch and others, our film/TV joint venture is executive producing the film version of the NY Times best-selling book by current Guantánamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi

The Yes Men Fix the World

Production Counsel for "The Yes Men Fix the World," the award-winning documentary film using alter-egos to expose large corporations and government agencies.


We are production counsel for this six-part series on the National Geographic Channel, starring Morgan Freeman, and produced by Revelations Entertainment.


We're production counsel to this HBO Film by Emmy-winning director Greg Barker, which offers a gripping, insider’s account of America’s counter-terrorism machine.


Together with top executives from clients HBO & Channel 4, we're teaching a graduate course in the business of film and television, at the University of Ulster, in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland.


We are counsel to these world-famous, award-winning creators of stylish, attention-grabbing, talked about content.

Paranormal Witness - Raw Television

Production counsel for "Paranormal Witness," the docudrama series that brings to life true stories of people who have lived through explanation-defying paranormal experiences.


Among the counsel for this distinguished production company, acclaimed for such films as SELMA, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, and PHILOMENA.

My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding

Production counsel for the hit series exploring the secret world of American Gypsies, produced by Firecracker Films and broadcast by TLC.

Fear Thy Neighbor

Production counsel to this Investigation Discovery series about what happens when a homeowner unwittingly takes up residence next to psycho or when evil minds decide to lay down roots right next door.


We are production counsel for this acclaimed ESPN documentary for Netflix, produced by Lightbox, on the subject of the Duke Lacrosse rape scandal


We are production counsel to this 2015 Sundance-selected, 2016 Oscar-Short-Listed, Marlon Brando biopic released by Universal Studios and Showtime.

Web of Lies

We are production counsel for this compelling Discovery series that reveals stories of deception and homicide triggered by online interactions.

The Imposter

Production counsel for "The Imposter," an astonishingly true story about a French man who fools everyone into believing he is a missing Texas boy, including the boy's family.


We are honored to be production counsel for this scathing, "bird's eye" documentary, directed by Sonia Kennebeck and exec produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, about the US military drone program.

Whether a client is involved in film or television development, financing, production, distribution, litigation, contract negotiations, visa applications, or any other legal matter, expert guidance is needed to get to the desired destination and avoid costly mistakes. Clients of our firm can depend on highly trained attorneys and other legal professionals with many decades of collective experience in handling some of the most specialized fields of the law. To learn more about our areas of special expertise, as well as some of our more high-profile cases and matters, click on any of the links to the left, or scroll down to the desired section further down the page.

Film and Television

With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, London, Mysore, and Derry/Londonderry, we are one of the leading US and UK providers of legal services in the television and motion picture industries. Clients from both sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific, such as Paramount Pictures, HBO, Channel Four, 20th Century Fox, ITV, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Media Rights Capital, and BBC Worldwide, have retained us. Over 100 production companies also have done so. The services we provide are too numerous to list completely, but here's an attempt:

  • all types of production counsel services
  • all types of business affairs services
  • research/advice on US/UK content/compliance issues
  • packaging and sales
  • filming guidelines and advice
  • litigation and/or litigation support
  • out-of-court resolution of claims
  • AccuMark title searches/reports
  • title opinions
  • fair use and other copyright opinions
  • other legal opinions/clearances
  • trademark and copyright registrations
  • production agreements
  • commissioning agreements
  • talent agreements
  • writers' agreements
  • director's agreements
  • actors' agreements
  • music producer's agreements
  • cinematographer's agreements
  • casting agreements
  • location agreements
  • appearance consent agreements
  • deal memos in advance of agreements
  • insurance agreements
  • soundtrack agreements
  • all types of licensing agreements
  • music/composition agreements
  • stills/clips agreements
  • online channel streaming agreements
  • same for other 3rd party platforms
  • sales/acquisition agreements
  • chain of title searches/reports
  • distribution agreements
  • financing agreements/PPMs
  • agreements for live shows/performances
  • first look agreements
  • option agreements
  • U.S. work permits/visas
  • crew deal memos/agreements
  • presenter's agreements
  • shareholder agreements
  • completion bond agreements
  • E&O and other insurance applications
  • lab access letters
  • bank mandates

Copyright Law

Our attorneys frequently handle copyright issues, not only for media clients, but also for companies and individuals in multiple industries, all over the world. We help our clients avoid claims, and protect their rights. In addition, our outstanding team of US-law-trained attorneys in India handle copyright registrations at low cost, and at great speed, with no compromise in quality. If and when litigation is unavoidable, our Western lawyers, supported by our expert litigation support team in India, provide a top-tier defense or prosecution at affordable cost. For example, we recently turned the tables on a copyright claimant who made the mistake of suing our clients Sacha Baron Cohen and the largest independent film studio in Hollywood. We not only won the case, at a record low cost, below the insurance deductible, but we also were able to use a threatened motion for attorneys' fees to persuade the plaintiff and his law firm to drop their appeal. Historically, we have handled some of the most significant copyright cases in the United States, including:

  • Thomson v. Larson (the "Rent case")
  • Carell v. The Shubert Organization et al (the "Cats case")
  • Wildmon v. Channel Four Television Corporation
  • Ridenhour v. Malt Liquor Companies (the "Chuck D case")
  • Cheever v. Academy Chicago Publishers

Libel Defense

We are expert in obtaining dismissals of libel claims against television networks, production companies, publishers, journalists, and other media defendants. For example, one or more of our attorneys have obtained the dismissal of libel claims against Channel Four Television Corporation, Sacha Baron Cohen, HBO, Viking Press, Warner Books, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books, New American Library and other media defendants. To help avoid libel and related claims, we provide pre-publication content review and other legal advice to facilitate television programming and motion picture production for several major studios, networks and others. We are an active member of the Media Law Resource Center, and we are approved counsel for Hiscox Insurance, Axis Pro (formerly Media Professional Insurance), The Chubb Group, Navigators, and other media insurance carriers. Some of the more well-known known libel and related cases our attorneys have worked on include:

  • Doe v. HBO (the "Ali G" case)
  • Prentice v. McPhilemy (the "Committee case")
  • Welch v. Penguin Books USA, Inc.
  • Randall v. Warner Books, Inc.
  • In re King World Productions, Inc.

Trademark Law

We are expert in prosecuting false advertising claims, as well as in defending and/or registering trademarks and rights of attribution, under the Lanham Federal Trademark Act. With the expert help of our highly-trained India team, we are able to perform trademark and title searches, and provide trademark and title opinions, in record time, and at low cost, with no sacrifice in quality. When it comes to trademark disputes, whether in the USPTO or in court, we have had considerable success in defending our clients, and/or prosecuting infringers. Some of the more prominent trademark cases our attorneys have worked on include:

  • Carell v. The Shubert Organization et al (the "Cats case")
  • R/Greenberg Associates, Inc. v. Portfolio Networks, Inc.
  • Ridenhour v. Malt Liquor Companies (the "Chuck D case")

Entertainment Law

Our Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and London professionals have been called upon to represent or counsel some of the biggest names in the arts and entertainment worlds, including, just to name a few, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, MGM, Media Rights Capital, HBO, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sacha Baron Cohen, The Royal Opera, ITV, Erykah Badu, Channel Four Television (UK), Philip Glass, Graham Norton, BBC Worldwide, Chuck D, American Broadcasting Companies, Miramax Films, The Matthew Marks Gallery, Terry McMillan, MTV Networks, and George C. Wolfe. We handle everything from contract drafting and negotiations, to visa applications, to content review, to litigation.

Internet Law

As the power and influence of the Internet continue to explode, intellectual property and other issues have multiplied exponentially. From disputes over domain names, to battles over software ownership at companies, to litigation involving defamation and website design and hosting, our firm has been called upon to handle a variety of Internet matters, from which our expertise in this area has grown dramatically.

Media Law

We have decades of collective experience and training in representing prominent television companies, motion picture studios, book publishers, magazines, journalists, and theatre companies. We have become particularly experienced in providing content review and other legal advice to facilitate television programming for major networks, movie studios and others. And when it comes to media defense litigation, our skill and success rate are legendary.