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Entertainment, Media and Sports

We represent entertainment clients of every type; newspaper, magazine, and other media publishers; and players, coaches, owners, promoters and the like in amateur and professional sports arenas.  In addition to providing traditional legal services in the areas of business, corporate, and intellectual property transactions, Bell Nunnally attorneys are unusually experienced and sought after as leading-edge entertainment, advertising and new media law practitioners.   We have these skills and experiences from years of working with industries that merge the disciplines of copyright, trademark, licensing, business and commercial transactions, technology, and media.

Entertainment

Bell Nunnally represents and counsels clients in various areas and genres of the arts, including music, film, television, radio, theatre, visual arts, literary publishing, amateur and professional athletics, and interactive media.

Music

Bell Nunnally's music attorneys are among the most nationally and internationally well-respected in the Mid-Coast.  Our attorneys have represented some of the world's foremost recording artists, songwriters, performers, producers, and personal managers.  We are counsel to music publishing, recording, and production companies, digital distributors of music, talent agencies, and promoters.

Our attorneys are adept at forming record labels, publishing companies, and production companies, as well as artist loan-out companies and intra-group agreements.  We also utilize significant resources to ensure that our client's copyrights, trademarks, and other proprietary rights are protected and enforced.

Film & TV

Bell Nunnally's attorneys handle all aspects of film and television production, financing, and distribution. We have experience serving as legal counsel to movie exhibition and distribution companies, independent film companies, and production companies with respect to negotiating development/production agreements, option/acquisition agreements, creating production entities, engaging writers/directors/producers, investment and financing agreements, and coordinating with distributors/banks/financiers and completion guarantors on both a picture-by-picture and multi-picture basis. We also represent the legal, business, and personal interests of numerous producers, performers, writers, directors, managers, and other talent and entrepreneurs in both film and television.

Media

Bell Nunnally attorneys have represented media outlets including newspapers, magazines, and traditional as wel as web-based broadcasters in a number of broad issues and matters. We have the skill and experience to support our clients in the areas of advertising and political advertising, reality shows and contests, copyright and trademark infringement, publishing, and broadcasting contracts, on-air talent agreements, Federal Communications Commission rules and regulation compliance, and related issues. We have experience assisting individuals in obtaining access to meetings and records under Sunshine, Meetings, and Open Records Laws, and the federal Freedom of Information Act, as well as access to judicial records and proceedings.

Sports

Bell Nunnally attorneys can assist our clients with a full-service approach to sports franchises and properties. Our sports lawyers have worked with amateur and professional athletes (such as professional boxers, football, basketball and baseball players and U.S. Olympians), coaches, league franchises, broadcasters, sponsors, and promoters with respect to the unique legal issues related to various matters, including:

  • Contract Analysis, Drafting, Negotiation and Enforcement
  • Endorsement and Sponsorship Deals
  • Intellectual Property Licensing, including Broadcast and Merchandising Rights

We also assist other attorneys, agents, and executives by supplementing their services and knowledge and, in turn, strengthening their relationships with their clients.

Merchandising & Special Events

The firm's attorneys have negotiated merchandising licenses and agreements for a variety of entertainment-related and sports-related properties, such as endorsement and sponsorship deals, branded media and sponsor-funded productions, clothing companies, and marketing campaigns. We also represent performers, producers, promoters, and associated recording, broadcasting, and merchandising companies for the production of fairs, festivals, concerts, sporting, charitable fundraising, and other special events.