Fox Rothschild Launches Pro Bono Initiative to Help Restart Production in the Entertainment Industry

June 10, 2020 – Press Releases

With restrictions beginning to soften following the months-long COVID-19 crisis, and producers eager to get back to production, but daunted by the economic and legal challenges of the pandemic production protocols, Fox Rothschild is launching a pro bono initiative to support financially impacted producers and production companies.

“As areas in the country start to reopen, the entertainment industry is keen to safely restart production and bring people back to work,” said Marc H. Simon, chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Department at Fox Rothschild LLP. “As someone who has made three films myself, I understand the struggles that producers face, and we hope that our commitment can help reinvigorate the industry.”

The pro bono program is a multi-disciplinary approach that joins the firm’s entertainment practice, with its labor and employment practice and health care group.  To help producers transition back to work, the attorneys will provide pro bono legal guidance to each producing team that engages the firm’s counsel to assist in deciphering the applicable guidelines and to navigate the complex surrounding issues.

To kick off this pro bono initiative, Fox is hosting a town hall webinar on June 15 at 4 pm ET/ 1 pm PT, which will focus on:

  • The state of the market in the top 10 U.S. film locations and the market(s) most advantageous to recommence production
  • State-by-state breakdown of the labor and employment mandates and requirements in top U.S. film destinations and how these measures impact production companies
  • Health and safety measures, including contact tracing, temperature checking and relating issues of privacy

The panel will be moderated by Marc H. Simon, Chair of Fox’s Entertainment and Sports Law Department and Darrell D. Miller, Founding Chair of the Department. 

Panelists include:

  • Jody Simon, Partner, Entertainment & Sports Law
  • Sahara Pynes, Partner, Labor & Employment
  • Margaret J. Davino, Partner, Health Law

Attendees will be able to submit questions for the panel to address.

For more information, please email [email protected].

To register for the webinar, please click here