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 Screen's "Other Space," and Warner Brothers/Cartoon Network's Emmy Award winning “Childrens Hospital” now in production on its seventh season.
Mark is the author of six books, numerous articles and has served as an expert witness in entertainment industry disputes.
The firm has recovered 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.
NEW ADDRESS: We will have moved to new offices in 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
□ Expert Witness Services
□ Book and New Media publishing
□ Defamation, Rights of Privacy and Publicity
Crowdfunding Portals Approved
Buckle your seat belts because there may soon be a wave of new indie films produced under relaxed government regulations. 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.
2016 Dealmaking course
This spring 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.
Risky Business Seminar comes to New York City April 29, 2016
Mark is once again presenting his Risky Business Seminar for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
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.
More info and to register
All episodes of Wet Hot American Summer are now streaming on Netflix.
The story behind the series.