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Fox Rothschild Adds Renowned New York Entertainment Lawyer Marc H. Simon

May 11, 2017 – Press Releases

In a move that deepens the bench of the firm’s highly regarded national Entertainment Law Practice, Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to welcome Marc H. Simon to the New York office.

“Our entertainment practice is thriving nationwide, and we are thrilled that Marc is joining our team and expanding our film and television group in our New York office,” says Darrell D. Miller, chair of Fox’s Entertainment Law Department. “Marc possesses extensive experience representing clients in both the traditional areas of film and television as well as the continually evolving realm of digital and new media. An award-winning producer himself, Marc’s unique insight and practical knowledge has made him particularly valuable to his wide client base.”

Simon’s clients include film and television production companies, financiers, producers, directors, writers, talent and other content providers, including those in the digital, gaming and new media spaces. He has served as production and distribution counsel on numerous films and frequently handles complex negotiations and transactional matters on behalf of his diverse clientele.

A sampling of notable projects include:

  • Packaged and served as lead attorney for the production and distribution of, “The Eagle Huntress,” 2016s top grossing documentary at the box office, which has been optioned by Fox Studios for an animated feature film.
  • Served as lead attorney for all legal matters for the soon-to-be released “Three Christs” and the spy-action thriller “November Man.”
  • Handled the financing, production and distribution negotiations for the Best Picture Academy Award® nominees “Winter’s Bone” and “The Kids Are All Right.”
  • Oversaw distribution matters for Werner Herzog’s “Caves of Forgotten Dreams” and “Into The Abyss.”
  • Recent Client Stand Out Projects include “The Hunting Ground,” “Walking Out,” “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” and “The Hero.”

Additionally, Simon advises clients on executive employment and agency agreements, financing, copyright clearance (including fair use matters), intellectual property acquisitions, startup ventures, all above-the-line agreements, co-production and sales and distribution agreements. He also has experience in commercial litigation, including securities, employment and real property matters.

An acclaimed filmmaker, Simon developed, wrote and produced the award-winning feature-length documentary film “After Innocence,” which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was short-listed for Best Documentary Feature at the 78th Academy Awards. The film tells the stories of wrongly convicted individuals who spent decades in prison before the Innocence Project took up their cases and DNA tests proved their innocence, and chronicles their efforts to rejoin society. Simon also directed and produced the acclaimed and award-winning feature documentaries “Nursery University” (2009) and “Unraveled” (2012).

Simon earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a member of the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Also joining Fox is Daniel Benge. Benge, an associate, advises clients in theatrical live performance, motion picture, advertising and digital media industries. He has experience counseling writers, producers, agents and corporate clients on a broad range of media projects, including acquisition and entertainment financing, production and distribution.

Benge earned his LL.B. and B.A. from Monash University Law School in Australia.

Prior to joining Fox, Simon was a partner and Benge was an associate at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard.