For those outside of the “Hollywood bubble,” the life of actors, singers, producers and other entertainers can appear to be carefree and almost magical. Life for entertainers seems like a never-ending fairy tale of red carpet events, expensive dinners with other celebrities and powerful individuals, and expansive mansions filled with the finest furnishings. While some entertainers in California do enjoy a lavish lifestyle, nearly every entertainer, whether seasoned or new to the scene, faces legal hurdles that can jeopardize not only lifestyle but his, her, or their very livelihood. Sehgal Law PC has represented entertainers from various backgrounds and assisted them in the beginning of their careers by setting up their independent businesses, reviewing, negotiating and drafting contracts, to the peak of their careers by resolving the legal disputes they encounter. Sehgal Law PC will provide you with competent and experienced legal advice and representation so that you can focus on advancing your career and honing your craft.
What Sehgal Law PC Can Do for You
Entertainment law attorneys in California help those in the entertainment industry (artists, producers, directors and others) confront and surmount the legal challenges that threaten to derail their careers or that endanger their sources of income. An entertainment lawyer must be flexible and have a broad base of knowledge, as no two entertainers are in the exact same situation. Because of my experience and knowledge, Sehgal Law PC can assist entertainers with a wide variety of concerns, such as:
Contract review and negotiation and breach of contract disputes: Contracts in the entertainment industry are most often written instruments that describe the promises two or more parties agree to perform. This does not mean that each party to a contract is looking out for the wellbeing of the other party or parties. This is why each party to a contract should be represented by knowledgeable counsel that can help them understand what obligations they will be agreeing to undertake and the benefits they can expect to receive. A lawyer can also help the entertainer negotiate a contract that is more beneficial and helps protect their rights. Furthermore, an entertainment law attorney can assist entertainers in obtaining compensation when the other party to a contract breaks its contractual agreements. Finally, an entertainment law attorney may be able to help an entertainer renegotiate a contract that is detrimental to the entertainer while minimizing any potential negative effects.
Royalties: Like any other independent contractor or employee, an entertainer is entitled to fair compensation when their work or image is used for entertainment purposes, or to help market other products and services. Refusing to pay entertainers what they are entitled to is not only unprofessional, but it deprives the entertainer of their livelihood. Swift and affirmative legal representation is needed to help entertainers obtain the royalty payments they deserve.
Intellectual property: Screenplays, novels, lyrics to a song or any other personal creation needs to be protected against unlawful use, duplication and distribution. An entertainment law attorney can help ensure your artistic creations are protected so that you alone are able to enjoy the benefits of your hard work.
Frequently Asked Questions About California Entertainment Law