Nashville Film, Movie, & Television Law Firm & Attorney

Founded by Nashville movie, film, & television attorney Zach Scott Gainous, we are a Nashville based boutique movie, film, & TV industry law firm that provides legal expertise, advice and representation to creative & talented individuals and businesses in the movie, film, & TV industry.  We strive to be, the "go-to" film, movie, & television law firm and general counsel for creative and talented individuals and businesses in the movie, film, & TV industries.

Who We Help in the Movie, Film, & Television Industries

  • Movie, film, & TV stars, and celebrities, including
    • Actors & Actresses,
    • Entertainers, comedians, and comedy acts, etc.,
  • Creators of movies, film, & television, including
    • Filmmakers, film, movie, & TV directors, producers, etc.,
    • Movie, film, & television editors, etc.,
    • Movie, film, and television script writers, screenplay writers, etc.,
    • Composers and music directors for movies, film, & television, etc.,
  • Movie, film, & television professionals & executives, including
    • Film, movie, & TV studio executives,
    • Talent and personal managers, business managers, talent agents, etc.,
  • Movie, film, & television entrepreneurs & business owners
  • Film, movie, & TV industry businesses & companies, including
    • Independent film, movie, & TV production companies & studios,
    • Movie, film, & television talent or personal management, business management, talent agencies and firms, etc.

How We Help Movie, Film, & Television Industry Clients

We have the legal and film, movie, and television industry expertise to advise and represent industry clients in protecting their assets, property, interests, privacy, and reputation, both personally and professionally, or for their business or career.   Below are just some of the ways and areas we help and serve movie, film, and TV industry clients.

Contracts & Agreements for Movie, Film, & Television Industry Clients

We have the legal and movie, film, & TV industry expertise to advise and represent film, movie, & television clients on their film & TV industry agreements and all of their contracts and agreements, including contract negotiations and drafting, disputes, breaches, and litigation, etc.  Some of the agreements we advise and represent movie, film, or TV clients with include,

  • Featured actor or actress contracts and appearance agreements for movies, films, & television shows,
  • Movie, feature film, & television director & producer agreements and contracts,
  • Movie, film, & TV script writer and screenplay writer contracts and agreements, including staff writing deals and blind script deals,
  • Net profit agreements and back-end deals for actors, actresses, movie, film, and TV celebrities, directors, and producers,
  • Crew member or "below-the-line" contracts and employment agreements,
  • Fashion, merchandise, and apparel contracts for actors, actresses, and film, movie, & TV celebrities,
  • Sponsorship & endorsement agreements and contracts for movie, film, & TV actors, actresses, and celebrities,
  • Team member agreements and contracts for movie, film, & television actors, actresses, and celebrities, including talent or personal management, business or financial management, publicists or PR firms, talent agents, social media management, etc.
  • Digital streaming and performance licenses or contracts for movies, film, & TV,
  • Movie, film, & television executive employment and compensation deals, etc.

Intellectual Property, Copyrights, & Trademarks for Film, Movie, & TV Clients

We have the legal and movie, film, & TV industry expertise to provide clients with legal advice and representation on intellectual property, including the use, protection, management, misuse or infringement of copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.  Some of this includes:

  • what types of movie, film, or TV related assets or property qualify for intellectual property protection, under copyright, trademark, or trade secret,  films, movies, videos, graphics, animation, scripts, screenplays, fictional characters, fashion, merchandise, apparel, posters, toys, video games, apps, logos, names, brands, etc.,
  • advising on, assisting with, or overseeing, the protection of movie, film, & television related intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, including the benefits and requirements of copyright and trademark registration,
  • overseeing and assisting with intellectual property, copyright, and trademark audits and valuations, including financial valuations and film & TV royalty audits for the use or licensing of movie, film, and television related IP,
  • advising and representing clients in the sale or licensing of movie, film, and television intellectual property, copyrights, and trademarks, etc.,
  • advising and representing clients on any disputes, misuse, or infringement of film, movie, and television intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, or trade secrets, including issuing take down notices, cease and desist letters, handling litigation and appeals, settlement agreements, etc.,

Business & Financial Legal Advice & Help for Movie, Film, & TV Industry Clients

We have the movie, film, and television industry and legal knowledge and expertise to advise and represent film and television clients on their business and financial matters and concerns, including,

  • advising film, movie, and TV industry clients, including actor's, celebrity's, or film, movie, & television professional's so-called "loan-out" companies, with selecting the appropriate business entities to form, including LLCs, corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, or LLPs, etc., 
  • representing or assisting television, movie, or film industry clients with forming and maintaining the appropriate business entities, including drafting and filing LLC articles of organization, corporate charters, partnership agreements, limited partnership or LLP certificates, annual reports, etc.,
  • advising, overseeing, and assisting with movie, film, or TV royalty audits or other financial audits for industry clients, including selection of or introduction to qualified movie, film, & television financial auditors or CPAs, reconciliation of royalty statements, contract or audit summaries, etc.,
  • counseling and representing movie, film, & television industry clients with broadcast, streaming, home video sales, ticket sales, "back-end", apparel, or merchandise royalty audit or royalty payment disputes or issues, including handling and representing clients with any royalty dispute or audit settlement agreements, litigation, or appeals, etc.,

Reputation, Privacy, Name, Image & Likeness Issues for Movie, Film, & TV Clients

We have the legal and industry expertise to provide movie, film, & television industry clients with legal advice and representation in protecting their reputation, privacy, name, image, and likeness, or right to publicity, including:

  • advising film, movie, & TV industry clients on how best to protect their privacy, reputation, and right to publicity, or name, image, or likeness,
  • representing and counseling movie, film, & television clients on defamation, false light, and harm to reputation, handling any claims of defamation or false light, including settlement agreeements, litigation or appeals,
  • protecting television, movie, & film clients right to publicity, including proactively seeking out potential misuse or infringment of the client's right to protect and profit from the use of their name, image, and likeness,
  • advising and representing television, film, & movie clients in right to publicity uses or disputes, including drafting and negotiating contracts granting others the right to use the client's name, image, or likeness, litigation or settlement agreements for breaches of contracts, unauthorized uses, misuses, etc.,
  • counseling and representing movie, film, & TV industry clients on invasion of privacy, public disclosures, and intrusion claims or issues, including handling litigation, settlement agreeements, and appeals, etc.,
  • advising film, movie, & TV clients and assisting with whether they're likely to commit or be found liable for defamation, false light, invasion of privacy, misuse of another's name, image, or likeness, etc.

General Industry & Career  or Business Advice for TV, Movie, & Film Clients

We have the film, movie, & TV industry knowledge and expertise to advise and represent television, movie, & film industry clients on their careers and industry goals including,

  • evaluating and discussing the TV, film, & movie industry client's short term and long term goals, plans, and needs, to determine the client's best options and path forward, etc.,
  • advisisng and providing movie, film, & TV industry clients with needed information on the movie, film, & television industries, including what different roles, parties, or segments of the industry are responsible for, what they look for, etc.,
  • performing due diligence, investigating, evaluating, and advising actors or movie, film, & television industry clients on potential or interested team members or offers of assistance, the legitimacy, history, or success of potential team members, employees, etc.,
  • performing due diligence, investigating, evaluating, and advising film, movie, & TV industry clients on potential career or business opportunities or offers,
  • advising TV, movie, & film industry clients on insurance needs for their career or business goals, best insurers for the client, insurance policy issues, etc.,
  • advising film, movie, & television industry client's on their financial needs to start or grow their careers or businesses, including performing due diligence on potential investors or investment opportunities, etc.

Estate Planning and Wills & Trusts for Film, Movie, & Television Industry Clients

We have the television, movie, & film industry and legal knowledge and expertise to advise and represent movie, film, & TV industry clients with any estate planning needs and concerns, including

  • advising film, movie, clients industry clients on the best ways to protect their heirs, assets, and property, and distributed accordingly by using estate planning legal tools and documents, including wills and trusts,
  • drafting and properly executing the appropriate wills or trust documents to ensure that the client's heirs are taken care of and the client's assets and property is distributed according the client's wishes after their death
  • advising and representing movie, film, & television industry clients or their heirs in probate matters, including will challenges or disputes, trust disputes, mismanagement of probate estates, probate assets, trusts, or trust assets by executors, executrices, or trustees, etc.,
  • advising TV, film, & movie industry clients on the importance and role for incapacity, healthcare, and end of life documents, including powers of attorney, living wills, healthcare powers of attorney, etc.,
  • drafting and properly executing incapacity healthcare, and end of life documents that ensure that the movie, film, & TV industry client's wishes are followed in the event of the client's incapacity or fatal injury

Real Estate & Property Issues for Television, Movie, & Film Industry Clients

We have the legal and movie, film, & TV industry expertise to provide industry clients with legal advice and representation in regards to real estate and property issues or protection, including:

  • advising and representing film, movie, & television industry clients in buying or selling residential or commercial real estate, including negotiating and drafting contracts of sale, drafting and filing deeds, utilizing trusts to privately purchase land or real estate, etc.,
  • representing and counseling TV, movie, & film industry clients in real estate disputes or litigation, including breach of contracts of sale, boundary and trespassing disputes and issues, and drafting, filing, or dealing with easements or covenants, etc.,
  • representing and advising movie, film, & TV industry clients with landlord and tenant issues, disputes, or litigation, including drafting or any breach of real estate leases or rental agreements, landlord and tenant rights and obligations, for both commercial and residential real estate,
  • counseling and representing movie, film, & television industry clients with eminent domain government real estate purchases,
  • advising and representing television, film, & movie industry clients with the protection of their real estate or personal property, including advising or representing industry clients on insurance matters, disputes, or litigation, etc.

Spouse, Child, & Family Law Issues for TV, Film, & Movie Industry Clients

We have the legal and movie, film, & television industry expertise to provide actors, celebrities, & industry clients with legal advice and representation in protecting their family and their own interests, including:

  • advising and representing TV, film, & movie actors, celebrities, and industry clients in negotiating and drafting prenups or prenuptial agreements, or postnuptial agreements, including ensuring validity by overseeing execution and required legal disclosures,
  • counseling and representing television, movie, & film industry clients in unconstested divorces or marital dissolution agreements, including drafting and execution, ensuring proper filing and obtaining the final judgment of divorce, etc.,
  • advising and representing movie, film, & TV industry clients in seeking and obtaining annulments, including properly filing the required documents, etc.,
  • counseling and representing TV, movie, & film clients in unconstested separation or separation agreements, including drafting and execution, ensuring proper filing, etc.,
  • advising and representing TV, film, & movie industry clients on spouse, child, and family protection plans, including protection of pets,
  • recommending and referring industry  clients to other attorneys or law firms who handle contested divorces or separations, and consulting with them on movie, film, or TV industry legal issues, including disputes or issues of marital property involving  related intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, etc.

Let's talk about your movie, film, or television industry or legal issues or concerns.

We love to chat with current and new clients.  If you need help or have questions about film, movie, or TV industry, business, or legal issues, please complete and submit the form below of call us at 615-671-4301.