The Law Offices of Mark Litwak and Associates has offered its clients high quality legal and business solutions for more than twenty-five years. We serve a global clientele in transactions involving financing, producing, and distributing motion picture, television, and new media projects. We represent numerous writers, directors, producers and production companies. Mark is an AV rated lawyer, author, arbitrator and Adjunct Professor at USC Law School where he teaches courses on entertainment law. Mark has received the highest possible rating on AVVO.
The firm has served as production counsel for numerous television and new media programs and series including the Netflix series "Wet Hot American Summer," Yahoo's "Other Space," and Warner Brothers/Cartoon Network's Emmy Award winning “Childrens Hospital,” and Hulu's Hotwives of Las Vegas.
Mark is the author of six books, numerous articles and has served as an expert witness in entertainment industry disputes.
The firm has won millions of dollars in damages for filmmakers who have been defrauded by distributors.
Mark's IMDB credits page.
Mark's Independent Filmmaker Project Blog
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Mark Litwak named a Southern California Super Lawyer
Mark Litwak has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Southern California for 2016. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. This is 7th time Mark has been honored with this award.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-‐phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.
The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Super Lawyers magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to superlawyers.com or click Here.
Mark also has for many years received an AV peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest rating given a lawyer and is indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.
ADDRESS: We will have moved to Brentwood at 11766 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 270, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Our telephone number remains the same.
Areas of Practice
□ Entertainment Law
□ Contract Law
□ Copyright and Clearances
□ Trademark and Unfair Competition
□ Business Transactions and Formation
□ Motion Picture Finance and Distribution
□ Television and Film Production Legal
□ Book and New Media publishing
□ Defamation, Rights of Privacy and Publicity
□ Intellectual Property acquisition and licensing
EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES
Mark Litwak has served as an expert witness for both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration. He is an authority on customs and practices in the movie industry, entertainment law, deal making, economic damages, chain of title, and the financing and distribution of films.
He has been retained as an expert by major law firms as well producers, production companies, Comerica Bank and the Comptroller of the State of Texas.
In depth articles on Financing, Distribution, Protecting your stories and more…
Risky Business Seminar comes to New York City April 29, 2016
This comprehensive seminar —for new attorneys, attorneys transitioning to entertainment law, and filmmakers— explores how independent films are financed and distributed.
Topics include financing via pre-sales, debt and equity investors, negotiating tactics, typical contract terms, cross-collateralization, creative accounting, and ethical concerns. Particular attention will be paid to how producers and filmmakers can protect themselves by: investigating distributors; watering down warranties; adding contract provisions covering performance, termination, and alternative dispute resolution; getting errors and omissions (E&O) insurance; and using lab access letters and schedules of minimums. Other topics will include: criteria for selecting a distributor; new media distribution; which contract terms are negotiable; compliance with state and federal laws regarding investors; retaining an attorney, producer reps and publicists; and confirming awards and enforcing judgments.
Extensive handouts will be distributed via email in advance of the program, including a distribution contract, articles, and a self-defense checklist. Finally, the lunch hour will provide a great opportunity for networking. For more info.
Crowdfunding Portals Approved
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) after a long delay has finally adopted rules to permit companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding. Several years overdue, the new Regulations for Crowdfunding are to implement the requirements of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”). Read more.
2017 USC Dealmaking course
Mark will once again be teaching his Dealmaking in the Entertainment Industry class for lawyers studying for their advanced L L.M (Master of Laws) degrees at U.S.C. Gould School of Law. Many law firms prefer job candidates with an LL.M. degree because it indicates that the lawyer has advanced, specialized legal training. This class explores legal and business issues that arise in connection with the development, production, and exploitation of theatrical motion pictures and television programs. The LL.M program is designed for international attorneys, judges, government officials, prosecutors, corporate legal counsel, bankers, who are interested in receiving an American law advanced degree.