Kasowitz’s Entertainment Practice Group represents actors, directors, producers, talent agencies, business managers, lawyers and studios in the entertainment industry in their most significant disputes, with a focus on "backend" profit participation claims. In particular, we specialize in providing pre-litigation advice in connection with profit participation audits and negotiating audit settlements, and in litigating profit participation disputes. While most of the Entertainment Practice's representations are confidential, certain matters have been the subject of articles in the Hollywood trades and The Wall Street Journal.
Our entertainment litigators understand the nuances of profit participation accounting and litigation unlike any in the industry. The group is led by a former Senior Vice President and Head of West Coast Television Litigation at NBCUniversal, who established and led a sub-group dedicated to providing advice to the studios regarding the negotiation of profit participation contracts, the issuance of accounting statements, audits, and the resolution of audit claims. We are therefore uniquely equipped to advise talent and studios on protecting and enforcing their rights, while appreciating the importance of preserving key industry relationships. When disputes about these or other entertainment related matters necessitate litigation, we litigate for our clients in collaboration with Kasowitz partners who are widely regarded as being among the most talented and successful litigators in the United States, bringing to bear unparalleled industry expertise with big firm litigation resources.