Film & TV Production Law

Producing a film or television series is an exciting endeavor – but can also be complex.  At E.L. Key Law Group, our job is to take care of the nuts and bolts of the legal aspects of your production, so you can focus on the creative side of your project.  Our team’s goal is to protect you from unexpected legal claims that can arise even after the cameras have stopped rolling.

E.L. Key Law Group counsels content creators and providers across all forms of media in strategizing, structuring, and negotiating complex deals ranging from branded content to new ways to create great content and distribute it. These deals certainly include stuff like film, television series or documentary production, product placement, advertiser-sponsored programming, celebrity endorsements, funding of independent content creation and domestic or worldwide distribution. We counsel clients to have a solution for every screen, whether as content owner or distributor.

Our entertainment attorneys can assist with all stages of the production process – from development and financing to pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution.

Our client base includes:

  • Producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and other talent
  • Production companies and distributors
  • Emerging creative digital and media companies

We have experience drafting and negotiating various production-related documents, including:

  • Development Deals
  • Appearance Releases
  • Location Releases
  • Nondisclosure Agreements
  • Employee and Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Product Placement Agreements
  • Assisting with chain of title and related guild signatory documentation (WGA, DGA, and SAG-AFTRA)
  • Sales Agent Agreements and Distribution Agreements
  • Production Legal packages for Films, Television Shows and Internet Projects
  • Entity Formations – Incorporations, LLC and Partnerships
  • Script Acquisitions
  • Above the Line Agreements – Producer Agreements, Executive Producer Agreements, Director Agreements
  • Copyright and Trademark Registration
  • Talent and Crew Agreements
  • Location, Equipment, Prop and Miscellaneous Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Post-Production Agreements
  • On Call Legal Advice During Production

Experts in business and entertainment law

We are proud to provide experienced, innovative legal counsel.