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Jones Walker provides a broad range of services to the entertainment and sports industries. We are able to combine the depth of our business and intellectual property practices to affordably offer comprehensive legal representation to artists, athletes, entertainment professionals, and investors in entertainment venues and production. Our legal team brings a complete multi-disciplinary approach to the entertainment industry, and our practice includes work relating to emerging industries such as film, music, live performance, digital arts, on-line entertainment, video gaming, and entertainment infrastructure development. The firm’s attorneys are some of the most respected and knowledgeable on the tax credits and incentive programs offered by Louisiana and other Gulf south states.

Jones Walker, ranked among the top law firms in the region by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and other national ratings publications, advises professionals in the entertainment, arts and hospitality arena.  Our firm is committed to the support and growth of the entertainment industry, having represented film studios, independent film production entities, film financers, talent management agencies, professional sports franchises, restaurant and hotel franchises, music recording companies, radio communications entities, digital entertainment companies and established actors, musicians, directors, athletes and artists. Our unique team of entertainment professionals possess in-depth industry knowledge, providing clients with practical legal, business and creative advice necessary to compete in today’s marketplace. 

Core Areas of Service

Film and Television.  We provide legal services to studios, production companies and financers in the film and television markets.  Our team of entertainment lawyers have experience in virtually every facet of the film and television industry, including entity formation, tax credit qualification and procurement, debt and equity financing, chain of title review and licensing and distribution arrangements.  With three offices in Louisiana, including an office in New Orleans, we are committed to fostering and supporting the continued growth of film and television projects in the state, representing a diverse cross-section of clients from large production companies and financers to small independent filmmakers.  Additionally, we represent established actors, directors and talent managers in drafting and negotiating performance agreements with production companies and major television networks and film studios.  

Media and Cable.  Our attorneys provide a broad range of legal services to local and regional media and cable outlets as well as regional affiliates and internet-based digital media entertainment entities.  Our experience includes cable, radio and digital media entity formation, acquisitions and financings.  We also assist clients in this arena in drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements including employment and non-compete agreements, affiliate agreements, advertising agreements and strategic partnerships and alliances.

Sports Entertainment.  We have wide-ranging experience representing professional sports franchises in a variety of corporate and operational matters, including debt and equity financings, labor and employment, real estate, tax and intellectual property matters.  Additionally, we provide advice to current and former professional athletes in a variety of matters, including general corporate and business advice, trust and estate planning and commercial litigation. 

Hospitality.  Our hospitality team brings together lawyers from numerous practices including Corporate & Securities, Real Estate, Banking, Tax, Construction and Intellectual Property to offer a full range of legal services to the hospitality industry.  We have years of experience counseling hotels, restaurants and bars in areas such as local and state zoning and real estate matters, franchising, debt and equity financing, commercial litigation and licensing matters. 

Music.  We represent musicians and record companies in the drafting and negotiation of recording and licensing agreements and protection of their intellectual property rights.  We are committed to understanding each client’s financial and professional goals in order to help them build brand value in the music industry.