Variety’s 2017 Legal Impact Report

Client: Jonathan Gardner, Esq. - Partner Date: 04-04-2017

Jonathan Gardner

Co-Founder and Partner, Cohen Gardner

Most indie film deals assume recoupment from multiple distribution schemes, but when streaming giants gobble up all rights, Gardner steps in to educate financiers and alter expectations. “Whether or not the film breaks out, compensation for everyone is pretty much the same,” he says. The good news: payment comes fast, and there’s no complicated backend. Since sreamers popped up, their impact is evolving on the business, he adds. His practice covers movies/TV for talent, financiers, producers and sales companies, repping producers in Netflix’s $12.5 million purchase of “Mudbound” and writer-director Ryan Coogler for “Black Panther.”

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