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Entertainment Law

Foster Swift entertainment lawyers counsel clients on a wide range of issues involving entertainment law, such as film financing, project management, distribution, intellectual property, licensing and optioning of rights. Entertainment law encompasses many broad legal categories. The attorneys at Foster Swift can help artists, writers and producers handle contract, merchandising, securities, employment, taxation, litigation and contested rights issues. Our lawyers work closely with artists, talent and their management to help them pursue their careers successfully.

Our services in the following areas include working with:

  • Film/Television: Studios, Screenwriters, Producers, Directors, Casting Directors, Music Directors, Managers, Agents, Actors and Actresses, Animators, Distributors, Production Companies
  • Music: Composers, Songwriters, Producers, Recording Artists and Bands, Musicians, Managers, Agents, Publishing Companies, Record Labels, Distributors, Digital Download Companies, Performing Rights Societies, Concert Promoters
  • Theater: Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, Producers, Managers, Actors and Actresses
  • Literature: Authors (fiction, nonfiction and technical), Publishers, Electronic Publishers
  • Advertising: Models, Photographers, Writers and Singers of Jingles, Agencies

Foster Swift's entertainment lawyers work diligently on behalf of our clients to provide a strategic legal focus and cover necessary details so the artists can do what they do best: create.

Please contact us for any entertainment law questions or assistance with proposed projects you may be developing. 

Foster Swift has created a series of short videos to address a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding entertainment law.  To view a video click on the title below.

John Mashni talks about Tips for Licensing Music to be used in film.
 John Mashni answers the frequently-asked question, "Will you read my script?"
 John Mashni discusses Film Distribution
 John Mashni discusses tips for creating a reality TV show.


  • The Law of Music, NALA Conference, July 24, 2017
  • Legal Lifecycle of a Feature Film, NALA Conference, 2016



Entertainment Law

Tips for Finding Investors for Your Film
Will You Read My Script?
Tips for Distributing Your Film
I Have a Script and I Want to Make a Movie
Music Licensing 3 Tips
Film Financing
3 Tips for Creating a Reality TV Show