Industry Sectors

Fox Rothschild represents clients across a full range of content platforms. Our team includes attorneys with expansive contacts, deep knowledge and extensive experience in the TV, film, music, digital media and publishing sectors. 

TV | Film | Music | Digital Media & Influencers | Book Publishing

TV

This is the era of Peak TV, and Fox attorneys are leading legal advocates at the forefront of the transformation of the medium to a consumer-driven multiplatform, on-demand experience. Our select roster of individual and corporate clients are involved in every aspect of the television landscape and Fox attorneys are frequently in the news for making high-profile deals and counseling clients behind the scenes on how to expand their audiences, create leverage and maximize their brands.

We assist clients with:

  • Program development
  • Artist agreements
  • Shopping and attachment agreements
  • Rights agreements
  • Intellectual property acquisitions
  • Financing
  • Fundraising
  • Copyright clearance (including fair use matters)
  • Startup ventures
  • Above-the-line agreements
  • Location, equipment, prop and other agreements
  • Co-production agreements
  • Production legal services
  • Podcast agreements
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Brand integration agreements
  • Production service agreements
  • Post-production agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Sales agreements

In the entertainment industry, connections and access matter. Our attorneys, many of whom have worked in-house, have long-standing relationships with network, cable and streaming service executives and creative personnel. Fox clients have contributed to a variety of highly successful TV properties including:

  • 9-1-1 (The #1 show in the world)
  • The Last Defense
  • Nat Geo’s Genius: Aretha
  • Carol’s Second Act
  • Shark Tank
  • Project Runway
  • NCIS
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Luke Cage
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Ben 10
  • Castlevania
  • Dear White People
  • High Fidelity
  • Wu Tang: An American Saga
  • Daybreak
  • Lovecraft Country
  • Astral
  • Murder
  • Raq Rants

Film

Our clients create, produce, act in and direct leading films — scripted and unscripted — that are distributed in theaters and on cable and digital streaming platforms. Fox attorneys negotiate these high-profile deals and counsel clients — both individual and corporate — on how to leverage their success via digital distribution, creating additional revenue sources and expanding their audiences.

We assist clients with:

  • Artist agreements
  • Life rights agreements
  • Production service agreements
  • Co-production agreements
  • Sales and distribution agreements
  • Intellectual property acquisitions
  • Financing
  • Production
  • Collection account management agreements
  • Escrow agreements
  • Copyright clearance (including fair use matters)
  • Startup ventures
  • All above-the-line agreements

In the entertainment industry, connections and access matter. Our attorneys, many of whom have worked in the film industry, have long-standing relationships with studio executives and creative personnel as well as actors, writers, directors and producers. Fox clients have contributed to a variety of highly successful film properties including:

  • Mission Impossible – Fallout
  • Fate of the Furious
  • Jordan Peele's Candyman
  • Dolemite Is My Name
  • Beyond the Velvet Rope
  • Midsommar
  • Knock Down the House
  • Three Christs
  • Transformers – The Last Knight
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Academy Award® Winner Black Panther
  • The Irishman
  • Otherhood
  • Rim of the World
  • The Mummy
  • Fierce Street
  • Remember Me
  • 12 O’clock Boys
  • Uncorked
  • The Photograph
  • Songwriter (Ed Sheeran documentary)
  • Gunpowder Milkshake
  • Fear Street
  • Beats

Music

Fox Rothschild’s music lawyers are well versed in the law and passionate about music. Our attorneys draw on experience as former professional musicians and music industry executives, which results in wise, well-informed and no-nonsense advice. We counsel artists and their heirs on their rights, their business and their legacy. We advise music industry companies and executives on various business transactions and opportunities.

Fox attorneys are top practitioners and leaders in the music industry. Our artist clients range from young hit-makers to iconic veterans and the estates of some of the most important artists of our time. We serve all facets of the creative and business communities.

Comprehensive services include the following:

  • Recording contracts, including re-negotiations
  • Music publishing agreements and re-negotiations
  • Live performance agreements
  • Band member agreements
  • Merchandising deals
  • Producer agreements
  • Management agreements
  • Copyright and trademark registrations
  • Music licensing for commercials, TV, movies, digital platforms and products
  • Music asset estate planning
  • Copyright terminations
  • Endorsement and sponsorship deals
  • Branded product contracts
  • Distribution agreements
  • Executive employment agreements
  • Music catalog acquisitions
  • Company formation, maintenance and governance
  • Litigation

Digital Media & Influencers

The rapid expansion of digital media continues to create new opportunities, and challenges, for influencers, artists, athletes, investors and entertainment companies. For every new revenue stream or audience engagement opportunity, there is a new intellectual property risk to be mitigated.

Social media influencers are growing in prominence, facing evolving legal risks and expanding opportunities. We help influencers convert their carefully curated content, personal brands and throngs of devoted followers into revenue via sponsorships, recording contracts, distribution deals and film and TV crossover agreements, while avoiding costly legal pitfalls and litigation.

We’re not new to this arena. Fox has been helping clients navigate the risks and capitalize on the possibilities of this ever-changing sector for years.

We work with clients to develop strategies to exploit social, interactive and mobile platforms to address niches and maximize their brands. Our attorneys are also adept at capitalizing on the opportunities created by traditional media’s pivot to digital. We work hand-in-hand with both individual celebrity clients and corporate entities to help them target, reach and engage their audiences via:

  • Social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat…)
  • Interactive (video games, podcasts, websites, blogs…)
  • Streaming (You Tube, Hulu, Netflix…)
  • Mobile (games, apps, augmented and virtual reality…)
  • Traditional media (print, radio, television and film)
  • Brand endorsements

Whether the intent is to deliver a message of pure entertainment or simply to use entertainment as a medium to deliver a larger message, Fox attorneys are helping clients to maximize the opportunities presented by all available outlets.


Book Publishing

The world of publishing is changing as rapidly as the rest of the entertainment industry.Readers can now access the latest bestseller in print and on a range of devices in both written and audio formats. Technology offers authors and publishers a variety of new ways to engage with fans and market ancillary products via social media and other digital platforms, each of which carries its own risks and benefits.

Fox attorneys help keep the pages turning — and screens refreshing — for our clients, representing large publishing and media companies as well as aspiring authors and established professionals seeking to expand their celebrity as authors.

We assist with:

  • Publishing agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Copyright issues
  • First Amendment protection
  • Ghostwriting agreements
  • Writer collaboration agreements
  • Self-publishing agreements
  • Pre-publication review for defamation and libel