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I have had extensive experience in negotiation, documentation and legal, business and structuring advice as to production and distribution of theatrical and video motion pictures and television long-form and series productions, with strong emphasis as to the financing aspects, including as to equity investments and lending in the motion picture field, representing investors, lenders, producers and distributors.


Representative Matters

  • Leading manufacturer of paintball sport equipment and owner of professional team competing in professional paintball league, including television series financing and theatrical motion picture and television development and production, U.S. XBall League agreements and potential U.S. and European league TV broadcast agreements re paintball leagues

  • Independent producer as to insurance-backed $100 million revolving credit from Chase Manhattan Bank relating to production financing of five theatrical feature pictures, aggregate production cost of which was contemplated to be $200 million, as to structuring, financing, production and worldwide distribution matters

  • Leading German broadcaster as to $55 million acquisition of licenses and investment in and co-production of 22 animated television series (572 half-hour episodes) and 30 two-hour television motion pictures

  • Subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate in connection with advances against territorial licenses for Japan rights and equity investment in four feature pictures and licensing to U.S. distributor of three television series

  • Estate of author and related entities as to negotiated agreements and advice re agreements as to sequel to "Gone With the Wind" entitled "Scarlett," including as to writer of sequel novel



Practice Areas


  1. Entertainment: 50%
  2. Project Finance: 25%
  3. Intellectual Property: 25%

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1801 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA, 90067



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Highest AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super Lawyer, Southern CaliforniaN/A2006
Super Lawyer, Southern CaliforniaN/A2005
Super Lawyer, Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles Magazine/Law & Politics Magazine2004
Association NamePosition NameDuration
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)Member, Board of Directors2001 - 2002
Los Angeles Copyright SocietyMember, Board of Governors1993 - 1995
ABA Motion Picture & Television Division, Forum Committee on Sports & Entertainment IndustriesChair1987 - 1992
UCLA Law SchoolAdjunct Professor1980 - 1982
Los Angeles Copyright SocietyMember, Board of Trustees1976 - 1986
UCLA Entertainment SymposiumCo-founder and initial chair, Advisory Committee1975 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re National Peregrine, Inc., et al. v. Capital Federal SavMy client prevailed in all aspects
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Publication NameTitleDate
UCLA 2008 Annual Entertainment SymposiumMotion Picture Completion Guarantee Structure2008
Los Angeles LawyerInternational Co-Financing Arrangements1992
Copyright WorldNegotiating Contingent Interests in Motion Pictures1989
Film ExchangeCo-Production and Interim Financing: The United States Situation1987
University of California at Los Angeles Law ReviewMotion Picture Secured Transactions Under the Uniform Commercial Code; Problems in PerfectionN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard Univ Law SchoolLawLL.B.1962
Univ of California at Los AngelesBusiness Administration-AccountingB.S.1958
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Film Finance Forum, Cannes Film FestivalCo-chair and moderator, Effective Negotiation of Risk Management and Mitigation Strategies from the Standpoint of the Investor or Lender and Enhancing Upside2010
Cannes Film FestivalCo-chair and moderator, Optimism in Film Industry During Challenging Times: Solutions For Film Financing and Distribution2009
UCLA 2008 Annual Entertainment SymposiumModerator, Completion, Delivery & Worldwide Distribution: Navigating Choppy Waters and Solving Common Missteps2008
Cannes Film FestivalSpeaker, ICC program re Errors and Omissions Insurance2008
New Technologies: Their Influence on International Audiovisual LawMultimedia case study1994
Cannes Film FestivalCo-Production and Interim Financing: The United States Situation1987