Business & Legal Affairs

Weintraub Entertainment attorneys provide a comprehensive business, legal, and production affairs solution for production companies, studios, networks, and digital media companies requiring full-service business affairs and/or legal department or interim/project-based assistance.

Business & Legal Affairs Services

We provide assistance on all business and legal affairs matters, including development, production, post production, sales and distribution, for scripted and non-scripted productions in all forms of entertainment, including film, television, and premium digital. Our services include:

  • Assisting development executives and business affairs executives in negotiating and/or drafting all rights acquisitions, attachments (including writers, directors, producers, EPs, and showrunners), and collaboration and shopping agreements;
  • Creating and implementing legal process and best practices, including development and rights acquisition protocols and policies;
  • Providing rights and chain of title analysis;
  • Negotiating network and platform service agreements or license agreements.
Production Counsel Services

We provide production counsel services for scripted and non-scripted projects and have been approved by all major broadcasters, distributors, and premium digital platforms. We work as an integrated component to existing business and legal affairs and to active productions. Our services include:

  • Implementing production protocols and overseeing day-to-day production legal;
  • Negotiating and drafting host, talent, producer, EP, director, writer, and other production agreements;
  • Overseeing clearance matters, including clip and music licensing and product integration;
  • Providing title clearance opinions and fair use opinions;
  • Providing production risk management and analysis;
  • Overseeing guild relations, including WGA, SAG/AFTRA, DGA and IATSE.

Below is a list of some of our recent projects.

Feature Film
  • CODA, Academy Award-winning feature film, produced by Vendome, Pathé Films and Patrick Wachsberger
  • Bird Box, feature film, starring Sandra Bullock for Netflix
  • Poolman, scripted feature film written by Chris Pine and Ian Gotler, directed by Chris Pine and starring Chris Pine, Annette Benning, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Danny DeVito, produced by AGC Studios
  • Knox Goes Away, scripted feature film directed by Michael Keaton, and starring Michael Keaton, James Marsden, Joanna Kulig and Suzy Nakamura, produced by Brookstreet Pictures
  • Moving On, feature film, written and directed by Paul Weitz, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, produced by Depth of Field
  • Magazine Dreams, feature film, starring Jonathan Majors, produced by LAMF and Jennifer Fox
  • Queenpins, scripted feature film starring Kristen Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Vince Vaughn, produced by AGC Studios and Red Hour Films, and to be released by STX Films
  • Lockdown, scripted feature film shot remotely on Zoom and other remote platforms, written by Steven Knight, directed by Doug Liman, produced by P.J. van Sandwijk, with financing and sales handled by AGC Studios
  • On Swift Horses, feature film starring Daisy Edgar Jones and Jacob Elordi, produced by Peter Spears and Ley Line Entertainment
  • The Silent Hour, feature film starring Joel Kinnaman and produced by AGC Studios
  • All Too Well: The Short Film, Grammy Award-winning music video, directed by Taylor Swift and produced by Saul Germain
  • The Lake, scripted series created by Julian Doucet and produced by Amaze Film + Television for Amazon Prime Video
  • #1 Happy Family USA, scripted animated series co-created and executive produced by Ramy Youssef for Amazon Prime Video
  • Severance, Seasons 1 and 2, scripted series, directed by Ben Stiller, produced by Fifth Season for Apple TV+
  • Poker Face, scripted series, created by Rian Johnson, produced by MRC for Peacock
  • Nine Perfect Strangers, Seasons 1 and 2, scripted series, starring Nicole Kidman, produced by Blossom Films, Made Up Stories and Fifth Season for Hulu
  • Truth Be Told, Seasons 1, 2, and 3, scripted series, starring Octavia Spencer, produced by Fifth Season for Apple TV+
  • Life & Beth, Season 2, scripted series, created by and starring Amy Schumer, produced by Fifth Season for Hulu
  • Tokyo Vice, Season 2, scripted series, staring Ansel Elgort, produced by Fifth Season for HBO Max
  • Wolf Like Me, Seasons 1 and 2, scripted series, staring Josh Gad and Isla Fisher, produced by Made Up Stories and Fifth Season for Peacock
  • Shining Girls, scripted series, staring Elisabeth Moss, produced by MRC for Apple TV+
  • Extrapolations, scripted anthology series, starring a number of A list talent, produced by Media Res for Apple TV+
  • I’m A Virgo, scripted series, created by Boots Riley, produced by Media Res for Amazon
  • Mrs. American Pie, scripted series, staring Kristen Wiig, produced by Apple Studios for Apple TV+
  • Those About to Die, scripted series starring Anthony Hopkins, directed by Roland Emmerich, and produced by AGC Studios, Roland Emmerich, Gianni Nunari and Harald Klosser
Unscripted & Documentary