Our Approach

Wise Entertainment Law conceptualizes, negotiates and closes all types of entertainment deals, from the most basic talent contracts to the most complex international co-productions. We take care to understand our clients’ priorities, analyze the business context in which the deal is to be made, and creatively apply our broad industry knowledge to streamline and clarify the detailed legal provisions of each contract. The goal is to conclude each deal on the best possible terms in the most cost-effective manner. That takes experience, judgment and a talent for shepherding clients through the often stressful give-and-take of entertainment industry negotiations. After decades in the business, we know how to listen to our clients and strongly advocate on their behalf to deliver the results they want.

Representative Matters

Over the years, the Principal of Wise Entertainment Law, Robert Wise, has represented a diverse and sophisticated group of individual and institutional clients, from top-tier writers, directors, producers, performers and media executives, to Hollywood studios, television networks, independent production companies, international distributors, technology companies, entertainment lenders and trade associations. Representative matters include:

  • Lead entertainment counsel in the sales of television production companies and a major archival image library
  • Nonfiction television development, production, financing and distribution contracts totaling more than $200 million annually
  • Co-financing and licensing agreements for two films that won Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature (March of the Penguins and Born into Brothels)