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CKC’s entertainment law practice provides a broad range of legal services to clients involved in the creation, performance, management, and protection of creative works. Our clients include record industry professionals, movie producers, recording artists, film equity funds, music publishers, songwriters, music producers, artist’s managers, promoters, and others in the music entertainment industry.
Performing Artist Representation, Publishing Song Writer Agreements, Business Development, Sponsorship agreements, Distribution agreements, Record Label Contracts, Management agreements, Sports Marketing, Trademark Protection, Entity Formation, Media Relations
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Entertainment Law

CKC’s entertainment law practice provides a broad range of legal services to clients involved in the creation, performance, management, and protection of creative works. Our clients include record industry professionals, movie producers, recording artists, film equity funds, music publishers, songwriters, music producers, artist’s managers, promoters, and others in the music entertainment industry. Our attorneys understand the unique needs of the entertainment industry both in representing and counseling clients about their contracts as well as enforcing the client’s contractual and intellectual property rights. Whether you are an artist or an industry professional, you deserve the utmost in experience, knowledge, and strategy from your legal professionals. Trust CKC with your entertainment law needs today. Contact Christman Kelley & Clarke today to schedule your initial consultation and let us fight for you.

Performing Artist Representation

As exciting as the entertainment industry is, the road to fortune and fame can be loaded with loopholes and bumps in the road. At CKC, we specialize in entertainment law and truly serve the needs of our clients and their best interests. We will advise you on the course of action most beneficial to your artistic goals and, if necessary, initiate litigation or alternative dispute resolution to enforce your rights. Our areas of expertise include: Review, draft and negotiate talent, production, producer, director, distribution and finance contracts, Structure writer contracts from draft through final version, Consult on entertainment production and business issues, Assist with licensing, royalty, and publishing agreements.

 

Our CKC attorneys know that exceptional legal representation can be costly, which is why we will work with you to structure a payment arrangement that fits your financial capability. Contact us today.

Publishing

CKC represents clients in all areas of literary property and publishing, including books, magazines, newspapers, graphic novels, comic books, Web sites, screenplays, stage plays, teleplays and other print and visual media.

 

Whether you are an author who wants to retain the “ancillary rights” to a literary work or who needs to ensure that all foreign-language versions of your book generate royalties for you, CKC can help. You will discuss your needs with an experienced attorney committed to helping you capitalize upon your hard work.

 

CKC regularly represents publishers and writers in conjunction with publishing agreements and exploitation of ancillary rights arising from those agreements. In addition, we have significant experience negotiating publishing contracts, film-rights deals and royalties for both experienced and first-time authors.
Literary property and publishing requires that a lawyer understand not only contract and negotiation principles, but constitutional law, torts and intellectual property issues as well. CKC has a firm understanding of all these issues. Contact us and let us assist you.

Song Writer Agreements

As an artist, you have a talent worth protecting. A music attorney should be one of the first business associates you add to your songwriting team. A music attorney can be your best friend and ally, so hiring your attorney in the beginning will start your team off with the right offense and defense. Contact us at CKC and let our team will help you avoid the pitfalls so many songwriters fall into and guide you into fair contracts with reputable people.

Business Development

CKC represents artists, management companies, Internet site owners, talent agencies, publishing companies and other businesses in the entertainment industry on a full range of legal matters. The attorneys at CKC regularly advise entertainment and sports companies regarding intellectual property and other corporate issues.
If your entertainment or Internet company needs bulletproof contracts, seeks to protect its intellectual property rights, or has another pressing legal issue, Contact CKC. We can handle a full range of business issues and our goal is to protect your brand and allow you to capitalize on the marketing and sale of your product.

Sponsorship agreements

Advertising is a crucial component of the entertainment industry fraught with a bevy of legal hurdles. With online advertising becoming more commonplace, those legal hurdles have only increased, requiring advertisers to look even more towards the counsel of law firms like CKC, which has a strong working knowledge of the advertising industry and its relationship to businesses operating within (or even outside) the entertainment industry

Distribution agreements

If you’re an entertainer, artist or performer and you need representation for a contracts or licensing issue, you need legal counsel who understands the complexity of the entertainment industry. We represent film, television and music industry professionals—such as actors, actresses, directors, producers, distribution companies, production companies, writers, musicians and recording studios.

 

We are involved in the organization, preparation and negotiation of various entertainment law contracts for film, television, music and publishing—many of which require union compliance. A distribution contract is an important contract, and you deserve superb legal counsel to protect yourself and your intellectual property. Contact CKC today to find out how we can help you.

Record Label Contracts

A recording contract might seem like the Holy Grail, but record labels are not charities and their contracts are not set up with your interests in mind. CKC is here to guide you through the maze and protect your interests. CKC protects the economic interests of our clients and their intellectual property rights, while advancing their business interests and careers. Recently, old-style “Exclusive Recording Agreements” have given way to what are called “360° Deals.” These new contracts seek to make the record label and the artist “Partners” in the artist’s non-recording activities. Our law firm has already had substantial experience in drafting and negotiating such agreements for both labels and soon-to-be-signed artists. No matter which side of the negotiation you are on, it is in your interest to have a lawyer who is familiar with these latest agreements. The music business has also recently seen the rise of the “Do-It-Yourself” method of artist development, with technological changes permitting artists to reach and sell to their fan-base without the help of a record label. CKC attorneys have already become experts in how to take advantage of this new opportunity. We have clients making a handsome living on their music without having to share their revenue — or their artistic freedom — with a label. contact us today and let us begin working for you.

Management agreements

As an artist, you’re passionate about your work and at CKC, our goal is to protect you and your interests. Many artists experience a great night on stage, and somebody tells you that they’d love to represent you. In a whirlwind, you sign a contract because they assure you that “it’s boilerplate” and “everybody signs this.” That’s where CKC can truly help you. Your ideal music manager should be someone you trust and respect, and someone who respects you enough to take you through a long, transparent vetting process that involves partnership. We have the experience necessary to guide you and protect you in forming that relationship to ensure that both parties achieve a successful outcome. Contact us today and let us assist you.

Sports Marketing

There’s nothing like the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd for a touchdown or the excitement when someone floats a 3-pointer into the basket. Sports are a major part the Texas lifestyle, from competitive team sports like football and baseball, to individual efforts like golf and racing. But sports are also a business and, like any business, must contend with a variety of legal issues on a daily basis. CKC has the experience to counsel sports-industry clients on those issues. contact us and let CKC keep you in the game.

Trademark Protection and Entity Formation

Establishing a trademark is an important and often complex task for individuals and companies in the entertainment industry. If you are seeking to establish a trademark, it is important to consult with an experienced intellectual property lawyer.

 

At CKC, we have extensive experience handling trademarks and other intellectual property matters for our clients. Our strong focus on entertainment law allows us to understand the unique needs of businesses and individuals who need to establish their brand-name in the entertainment industry.

 

Establishing and protecting your trademark is a critical element for continued success and profitability. Contact us and let our attorneys help you protect your intellectual property so you can focus on your career.

Media Relations

For years, CKC has served artists looking to launch their music career or simply bring it to a new level. We employ a team of savvy publicists who are passionate about music and knowledgeable about a variety of genres including but not limited to jazz, rock, and pop. Whether you are looking to get more publicity for a new release, or just trying to become more visible in the competitive entertainment industry, contact us at CKC. We can create a music publicity campaign that will introduce you to new audiences and generate a greater following.

The attorneys at CKC help our entertainment clients in a wide variety of disciplines and in multiple states. Our clients include record industry professionals, movie producers, recording artists, film equity funds, music publishers, songwriters, music producers, artist’s managers, promoters, and others in the music entertainment industry. Whether you are an artist or an industry professional, you deserve the utmost in experience, knowledge, and strategy from your legal professionals. Trust CKC with your entertainment law needs today. Contact Christman Kelley & Clarke today to schedule your initial consultation and let us fight for you