Charlotte Entertainment Law Attorneys
Providing Experienced Legal Services to the Film, Music, and Sports Industries
Entertainment is one of the most vibrant and exciting industries in the
world. It is also one of the most fundamentally unique sectors, and entertainment
professionals require tailored legal services that understand the specific
needs of their individual career in an ever-evolving landscape.
Our Charlotte entertainment law lawyers at Oakhurst Legal Group know that
the music, film, and sports are not only built on skill and prowess, but
also relationships. Our team is prepared to become a pivotal relationship
in your career, as we emphasize and encourage long-term, personable relationships
with our clients. Our offices in Charlotte, Los Angeles, and Washington,
D.C. can together work to further and protect your career interests. We
want to understand your goals in the entertainment industry and do whatever
it takes to help achieve them.
Learn more about how we can help you in areas of entertainment law by calling
(704) 288-1003 or
contacting us online.
Entertainment Law Services We Offer
We understand that the entertainment industry is like no other, with highly
specific needs that must be further tailored to one’s specific profession
and career trajectory. Our team has a thorough knowledge of the common
legal needs of artists, performers, and entertainment professionals on
the individual level. We are also prepared to legally assist production
studios, production companies, and record labels with their legal needs
in all areas of
Some of the specific legal services our Charlotte entertainment law attorneys
can assist you with include:
Entity Formation. New entertainment professionals may seek to limit their tax liability,
especially if much of their work is done through independent contracting.
We can help you explore “pass through” corporations commonly
used by individual actors, artists, writers, directors, and other entertainment
professionals to lawfully limit your personal tax burden. We can also
assist in the forming of new production companies.
Intellectual Property Formation & Protection. Whenever you create something as an artist, whether it be a script, painting,
drawing, novel, or music recording, you have produced something that will
require copyright protection to prevent others from unlawfully duplicating
or distributing your content. Logos, slogans, and company names will need
trademark protection to avoid faux imitators that can dilute your brand
identity. We can help you assess the specific needs of your intellectual
property, work to get you formal protections, and fight to protect you
in the event of disputes or violations.
Management and Agency Contracts. A huge milestone for any entertainment professional is getting “signed”
by a prominent manager or agent. These representatives will advocate for
your career and projects in exchange for a cut of your entertainment income.
Many entertainment representatives come from reputable firms, but you
should always have your contract reviewed by an experienced entertainment
lawyer to make sure your interests are protected. We can also work with
agencies and management companies to draft and review contracts for new
and existing clients.
Recording Agreements. A recording artist who attracts the interest of one or more record labels
will likely have to decipher a recording agreement, also known colloquially
as a “record deal.” This is a complex legal contract that
conscripts the musician or musical group to create a record or series
of records that the label will then distribute, sell, and promote. Many
young performers are unfamiliar with the language used in these contracts
and consequently agree to deals with unfavorable terms. We can help recording
artists review and negotiate record deals. We can also work with record
labels to prepare and complete recording agreements.
General Contract Review. Any time you agree to something in the entertainment industry, you should
get it in writing. This can range from employment agreements to script
options to first look deals to financing arrangements. We are prepared
to review any contract you are presented with throughout your career.
Clearances and Placements. In film and television, any piece of intellectual property, including
the image of a character, a piece of media, or a logo cannot simply appear
in a new work. Production companies must obtain “clearances”
from the individual or entity that controls that piece of intellectual
property, which can sometimes require careful negotiation. On the opposite
end of the spectrum, some companies will pay handsomely for the opportunity
for their products and company logos to appear in a piece of media. Our
team can help navigate and finalize both clearances and product placement
Advertising and Sponsorships. When an entertainment professional or athlete reaches a certain level
of prominence, advertisers may seek to use their image for endorsements
and appearances in ad campaigns. It is important to understand the incalculable
value of your image. Every sponsorship or advertising deal should come
with a robust contract that specifically defines how and when your image
will be used, how it will be associated with the product, service, or
brand, and the overall scope of the campaign. It should also specifically
define what (if any) of your words will be used and what mediums a campaign
will utilize. We can help negotiate these deals and help you understand
what agreeing to a given sponsorship will mean. Our team can also assist
advertising firms with preparing sponsorship or ad campaign contracts.
Merchandising and Licensing. Similarly, when an entertainment professional or athlete begin to draw
a significant following, it can be wise to explore merchandising and licensing
opportunities. Poor quality merchandising can dilute an artist’s
brand, so it is critical that agreements with merchandising vendors and
other licensing deals are carefully drafted and heavily scrutinized. We
can work with entertainers and athletes of all varieties to ensure your
long-term interests are protected in any licensing or merchandising deal.
Touring. Mounting a tour can be one of the most lucrative prospects for growing
or established recording artists and groups. Tour organization is an inherently
complex process that requires the coordination of numerous moving parts,
including transportation, merchandising, site logistics, accommodations,
venue setup, promotion and advertising, and more. We can help recording
professionals make sense of all of these moving parts when they are evaluating
contracts involving touring.
Privacy Protection. When an entertainment professional begins to gain celebrity status, privacy
becomes hard to come by. This is especially true as support teams around
the artist grow, creating more potential avenues for leaks and unwanted
information dissemination. Strong, enforceable nondisclosure agreements
can help protect entertainment professionals who wish to maintain some
level of privacy. We are familiar with the drafting of these contracts
and can work to ensure you have some separation between your public and
Partnerships, Joint Ventures, and Collaborations. Entertainment is all about collaboration, so it is only natural that individuals
or companies might choose to work together to pursue an artistic or business
opportunity. Even seemingly casual partnerships between individual entertainers
should employ contracts to protect the interests of everyone involved.
We can help you legitimize any partnership, joint venture, or collaboration,
which can define the nature of the relationship, the liabilities each
party takes on, and stakes in any profits or losses.
O & P Visas. The United States is one of the centers of the entertainment industry,
and many professionals from abroad seek to do business here. Our team
is familiar with helping qualified entertainers, artists, and athletes
gain access to the country through O visas and P visas. We can also assist
those looking to pursue entertainment investment opportunities as a means
of entering the United States.