Production and Distribution
In addition to motion pictures and television, Akin Gump facilitates the production and distribution of diverse entertainment and media offerings such as independent films, television syndication, home video, pay television, satellite and cable ventures, and Internet-based media. The breadth of the firm’s practice is reflected in its representation of both well-established corporate entities and smaller, independent companies, thus providing ample flexibility in production and distribution arrangements.
Our lawyers provide the contractual documentation required for all stages of production and distribution. Counseling in this area emphasizes the negotiation of sound legal agreements and the implementation of dispute avoidance strategies. The group’s handling of production-related disputes includes providing pre-litigation advice regarding issues such as intellectual property licensing and merchandising, collective bargaining agreements, talent agency agreements and regulation, child labor laws and minors’ contracts.
Akin Gump aids distribution clients in the creation of global programming opportunities, offering clients both strategic and operational guidance in the constantly changing multimedia environment. The entertainment and media industry group’s content distribution capabilities also extend to transactions involving acquisitions of motion picture and television program libraries, cable channel ventures, engagement of foreign sales representatives, foreign distribution and co-production agreements, multiparty financing/distribution transactions, negative pick-ups, network licenses, output and multipicture transactions, pay television and home video licensing agreements, print and advertising financing, studio production/distribution transactions, and television syndication and barter transactions.