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I negotiate and litigate in the entertainment business in Los Angeles and blog about the legal and business culture of the industry at


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French, Arabic

Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 70%
    25 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    26 years
  3. Arbitration: 5%
  4. Intellectual Property: 5%
    26 years



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  • Steven Joseph Pena

    I've worked with Peter on matters and worked opposite with Peter on matters and I have nothing but the highest regard for his legal abilities and temperament in properly representing clients. If I can't do the work for a client, my first referral is to Peter.


    Steven Pena Entertainment Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Peter Carl Swarth

    I know Peter Kaufman for over 20 years. I have referred several clients to him. He has negotiated excellent deals that made lots of money for the clients.


    Peter Swarth DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Kaufman Entertainment Law Group, PC

100 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 940
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

Kaufman Entertainment Law Group, PC

23975 Park Sorrento
Suite 210
Calabasas, CA, 91302



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2014
Interviewed re crowdfundingmsnbc.com2014
Interviewed re ComiconDaily Variety2014
Recognition of ServiceLos Angeles County Bar Association1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerKaufman Entertainment Law Group, PC2001 - Present
General, Inc.2000 - 2001
VP of Business and Legal AffairsFilm Roman, Inc.1998 - 2000
Director of Legal and Business AffairsLive Entertainment/Artisan Entertainment1996 - 1998
LawyerPrivate Practice Firms1992 - 1996
Production CounselA.D. Productions1991 - 1992
AssociateParkinson Wolf Lazar & Leo1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Independent Film & Television AllianceArbitrator2002 - Present
Academy of Television Arts & SciencesMember1999 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law SectionChair1997 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Splash News & Picture Agency, et al. vs. Perez Hilton aka Mario LavandeiraUndisclosed
Gackstetter v. Conde' Nast Publishing and Details Magazine, et al.,Undisclosed Settlement
Sobini Films v. Horizon Film GMBHUndisclosed Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Variety's Complete Film Production Handbook 4th Ed.Contributor2010
Los Angeles LawyerWizards of Ahhhs: Digital Sampling of Film and Television in New Works1995
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law SectionEditor of Symposium Syllabus1992
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law SectionEditor of Symposium Syllabus1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Emory UniversityPsychology/Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Whiitter Law School - Guest LectureEntertainment Law Practice2014
CNBCInterview with CNBC about "Veronica Mars" and crowd funding film, TV and web projects.2014
Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law Entertainment & Sports Law SymposiumNegotiation Culture2014
Bloomberg International Film & TV Finance SummitCrowd Funding2014
USC School of Cinematic ArtsEntertainment Law2013
UCLA Extension - Guest Lecturer of Instructor Stephan ManpearlMarketing Entertainment2013
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) - Guest Lecturer of Instructor Jon ReissStructuring entertainment contracts2013
International Film Finance, Production & Distribution ConferenceFilm Financing2012
Legal career programPracticing Entertainment Law2010
Atlas Conference on Entertainment LawMotion Picture Financing Sources2009
Directors Guild of AmericaEntertainment Law for Directors (Women in Film committee)2008
CeBit — GermanyDigital Sampling of Fim and Television Content in New Works2000
Cal LutheranGuest Speaker on Copyright Law2000
The Hollywood Film FestivalPanel on Independent Film Distribution1998
Los Angeles Country Bar Association Symposium on Entertainment LawTrends in Entertainment Law1996
Los Angeles Country Bar Association Symposium on Entertainment LawNew Media1992
Los Angeles Country Bar Association Symposium on Entertainment LawCensorship and Prior Restraint1991