Nashville Entertainment Law Firm & Attorney

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

Who We Help with Entertainment Law Issues

  • Entertainers & celebrities, including
    • Music artists, acts, bands, etc.,
    • Movie, film, & television actors, actresses, celebrities, etc.,
    • Stand-Up comedians & comedy acts, etc.,
    • Fashion, merchandise, and apparel models & celebrities,
  • Creators of entertainment, including
    • Songwriters, music composers, lyricists, music and record producers, studio engineers, musicians, etc.,
    • Filmmakers, film, movie, & TV directors, producers, etc.,
    • Movie, film, and television script writers, screenplay writers, etc.,
    • Authors of fiction, books, etc.,
  • Entertainment professionals & executives, including
    • Record label executives, music publishing execs, etc.,
    • Movie, film, & television studio executives, etc.,
    • Talent and personal managers, entertainment business managers, agents, etc.,
  • Entertainment entrepreneurs & business owners
  • Entertainment industry businesses & companies, including
    • Independent record labels, music publishing companies, etc.,
    • Independent film, movie, & TV production companies
    • Talent management, business management, talent agencies and firms, etc.

How We Help Entertainment Law Clients

We have the legal and entertainment industry expertise to advise and represent entertainment 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 entertainment industry clients.

Contracts & Agreements for Entertainment Industry Clients

We have the legal and entertainment industry expertise to advise and represent entertainment clients on their entertainment 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 entertainment law clients with include,

  • Music contracts including, record deals, 360 deals, music publishing agreements, record producer deals, co-publishing deals, concert & touring contracts, artist management contracts, booking agent deals, band or music group agreements, etc.,
  • Film, movie, & TV contracts, including movie, film, & television appearance contracts for actors & celebrities, film, movie, & TV director agreements, movie, & television producer agreements, talent management deals, talent agent contracts, etc.,
  • Fashion, merchandise, and apparel contracts, including model appearance agreements, manufacturing contracts, distribution deals, retail agreements, etc.,
  • Sponsorship & endorsement agreements and contracts for entertainers and celebrities, including music artists, bands, actors, actresses, comedians, fashion models, etc.,
  • Team member agreements and contracts for entertainers and celebrities, including talent or personal management, business or financial management, publicists or PR firms, talent agents, social media management, production management, etc.

Intellectual Property, Copyrights, & Trademarks in Entertainment

We have the legal and entertainment expertise to provide entertainment industry 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 entertainment related assets or property qualify for intellectual property protection, under copyright, trademark, or trade secret, including songs, recorded music, films, movies, videos, graphics, animation, scripts, books, fictional characters, fashion, merchandise, logos, names, brands, etc.,
  • advising on, assisting with, or overseeing, the protection of entertainment 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 entertainment royalty audits for the use or licensing of entertainment related IP,
  • advising and representing clients in the sale or licensing of entertainment intellectual property or copyright catalogs, including music publishing catalogs, masters or sound recording catalogs, films or videos, movie, film, or television scripts, fictional books, etc.,
  • advising and representing clients on any disputes, misuse, or infringement of entertainment 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 Entertainment Industry Clients

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

  • advising entertainment industry clients, including entertainer's, celebrity's, or entertainment 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 entertainment 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 entertainment royalty audits or other financial audits for entertainment clients, including selection of or introduction to qualified entertainment financial auditors or CPAs, reconciliation of royalty statements, contract or audit summaries, etc.,
  • counseling and representing entertainment industry clients with entertainment 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.,

Protecting Reputation, Privacy, Name, Image & Likeness for Entertainment Client's

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

  • advising entertainment industry clients on how best to protect their privacy, reputation, and right to publicity, or name, image, or likeness,
  • representing and counseling entertainment clients on defamation, false light, and harm to reputation, handling any claims of defamation or false light, including settlement agreeements, litigation or appeals,
  • protecting entertainment 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 entertainment 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 entertainment industry clients on invasion of privacy, public disclosures, and intrusion claims or issues, including handling litigation, settlement agreeements, and appeals, etc.,
  • advising entertainment 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 Entertainment Industry, Career,  or Business Advice for Entertainment Clients

We have the entertainment industry knowledge and expertise to advise and represent entertainment industry clients on their entertainment career and industry goals including,

  • evaluating and discussing the entertainment 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 entertainment clients with needed information on the entertainment industry, 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 entertainers or entertainment clients on potential or interested team members or offers of assistance, the legitimacy, history, or success of potential team members, etc.,
  • performing due diligence, investigating, evaluating, and advising entertainment industry clients on potential career or business opportunities or offers,
  • advising entertainment clients on insurance needs for their career or business goals, best insurers for entertainment client's needs, insurance policy issues, etc.,
  • advising entertainment client's on their financial needs to start or grow their entertainment careers or businesses, including performing due diligence on potential investors or investment opportunities, etc.

Estate Planning and Wills & Trusts for Entertainment Law Clients

We have the entertainment industry and legal knowledge and expertise to advise and represent entertainment industry clients with any estate planning needs and concerns, including

  • advising entertainment 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 entertainment 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 entertainment 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 client's wishes are followed in the event of the client's incapacity or fatal injury

Real Estate & Property Issues for Entertainment Clients

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

  • advising and representing entertainment 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 entertainment 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 entertainment 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 entertainment clients with eminent domain government real estate purchases,
  • advising and representing entertainment clients with the protection of their real estate or personal property, including advising or representing client on insurance matters, disputes, or litigation, etc.

Spouse, Child, & Family Law Issues for Entertainment Law Clients

We have the legal and entertainment expertise to provide entertainment industry clients with legal advice and representation in protecting their family and their own interests, including:

  • advising and representing entertainment 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 entertainment 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 entertainment clients in seeking and obtaining annulments, including properly filing the required documents, etc.,
  • counseling and representing entertainment clients in unconstested separation or separation agreements, including drafting and execution, ensuring proper filing, etc.,
  • advising and representing clients on spouse, child, and family protection plans, including protection of pets,
  • recommending and referring entertainment clients to other attorneys or law firms who handle contested divorces or separations, and consulting with them on entertainment legal issues, including disputes or issues of marital property involving entertainment related intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, etc.

Let's talk about your entertainment law issues or concerns.

We love to talk and meet with current and potential entertainment law clients.  If you need help or have questions about entertainment law issues, please complete and submit the form below of call us at 615-671-4301.