For Entertainment Lawyers, A New Reality

February 1, 2011 – In The News
American Lawyer

When the first season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" ended in 2008, four of the show’s stars sought the help of Darrell Miller in helping negotiate their pay increases. Through his efforts, the four stars received new contracts for season two that increased their salaries and ability to capitalize personal appearances as well as secured licensing and product promotion opportunities.

As reality television continues to rise, so does the need for entertainment lawyers, since the protections afforded by the guilds do not apply to reality stars. Miller explained that clients often come to him who have been given bad deals due to inexperience or inadequate representation.

Miller’s entertainment practice began with representing traditional celebrities, but has evolved in the past five years to where reality TV deals account for 15 percent of his practice.