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Cohen Gardner LLP advises producers and production companies with the development of intellectual properties and the production of motion pictures, television and new media projects. We provide counsel with respect to structuring and negotiating the acquisition of creative materials, guild and union issues, as well as the engagement of above and below-the-line personnel. Additionally, we have extensive experience in negotiating the distribution of entertainment productions in all media. In this way, we often provide legal services from the inception of a project to its ultimate delivery to the end distributor.
Cohen Gardner LLP represents both financiers and producers in the capitalization of entertainment productions and entities. We have structured private equity deals, secured and unsecured financing transactions, foreign pre-sales arrangements, as well as institutional gap deals. We have advised on various "soft-money" financing mechanisms, including sale-leaseback, foreign subsidy captures, international co-productions, as well as U.S. and foreign tax rebate programs. Whether negotiating for a private individual intending to finance their first feature film, or with a hedge fund intending on financing a slate of projects, our focus is to provide a business structure for our clients which will successfully meet the capital needs of their creative endeavors.
Cohen Gardner LLP represents and advises a wide variety of business entitites and executives on such diverse matters as: corporate formation and governance, executive employment agreements and general business transactions. Our goal is to provide responsive and efficient services that allow our coporate clients to focus on their core business and not its legal architecture.
The evolution of technology has heightened the importance of intellectual property protection. Cohen Gardner LLP actively protects copyrights in the traditional areas of print publication, screenplay, artwork, merchandise, songwriting and telelvision and feature films. We are also advancing the practice to include new media protections, such as integrated computer code, software programs and digital content.
Cohen Gardner LLP represents award-winning screenwriters, authors, directors, musicians, actors and hosts in all areas of media. We take a proactive and dedicated approach to our talent and literary representation, seeking out new opportunities for our clients in addition to aggressively advancing their interests in ongoing negotiations. As the media landscape becomes increasingly diversified, we have helped devise and execute strategies for our clients to expand their creative vision by taking on additional responsibilites.