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Solutions for Media & Entertainment

The media and entertainment industries bring together artistic and creative processes, technology, intellectual property, and big business—all supported by a diverse and complex workforce comprised of full-time and part-time employees, seasonal and contingent workers, contracted personnel and freelancers, and union and non-union workers. Media and entertainment employers, employees, or contractors often become embroiled in disputes over leadership, creative control, intellectual property and distribution strategies, as well as conventional employment disputes over unpaid wages, meal and rest break violations, discrimination and harassment claims, and disability and leave issues. Managing this type of workforce is demanding and requires up-to-date, comprehensive legal knowledge of federal, state, and local laws governing the industry.

Our team understands that managing these diverse workforce needs with business and financial needs can be overwhelming. With offices located in U.S. media and entertainment hubs, our attorneys will help guide your business through these challenges as you plan and produce new projects. Our representative experience for media and entertainment industries includes:

  • Negotiating and structuring executive and talent compensation plans, and preparing executive, employment, and separation agreements;
  • Advising regarding worker classification and joint employer issues regarding the relationship between the employee, employer of record, and media/entertainment company, and the related pay and benefits requirements;
  • Counseling regarding workplace safety and OSHA compliance and investigations;
  • Developing and implementing employment policies and procedures regarding workplace harassment and discrimination, social media and email use on and off the clock, and state and local compliance laws that apply to the media and entertainment workforce; and
  • Defending media and entertainment companies against individual or class claims of wage and hour violations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or other employment-related claims.

Practice Leads: Laura Thomasian