The Law Offices of Mark Litwak and Associates has offered its clients high quality legal and business solutions
for more than thirty 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.
The firm has served as production counsel for numerous television and new media programs and series produced by independent filmmakers as well as productions made for major studios, networks, and content providers
including Netflix, Warner Bros., 2oth Century Fox,
Cartoon Network, HBO, IFC, Yahoo!, Disney/ABC, Hulu, Paramount, Seeso/NBC, Comedy Central, Verizon,
YouTube, Facebook and MTV.
Mark is the author of six books, numerous articles and
serves as an adjunct professor at U.S.C. law school. The firm has won millions of dollars in damages for
filmmakers who have been defrauded by distributors.
Mark Litwak has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Southern California for 2018. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. This is the 9th time Mark has been honored with this award
which is based on anonymous peer evaluations.
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
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.
Podcast: FILM MAKING PITFALLS IN DEAL-MAKING AND DISTRIBUTION
Listen to Cinema of Change Podcast interview of Mark Litwak
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”).
Diana Budninskiy joins firm
Attorney Diana Shaginian has joined the firm. Her areas of practice include entertainment law, intellectual property law, contract law, and employment law. Prior to joining the firm, Diana was a civil litigator.Diana graduated
cum laude from Southwestern Law School in 2015.
During law school, she spent her first summer as a Television Production Legal intern at NBC Universal and her second summer as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She also served as Chair of the Negotiation Honors Program, a member of the
Southwestern Journal of International Law, and a
student associate in the Entertainment and the Arts
Legal Clinic. Her full bio is here.
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
□ 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.
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