Practice Areas

Entertainment + Film Financing

The principal lawyers of Hobson Bernardino + Davis LLP have successfully represented individual and institutional clients engaged in a wide range of activities in the entertainment industry, including directors, producers, writers, actors, recording artists, talent agencies and managers, and independent production and distribution companies.

Hobson Bernardino + Davis LLP lawyers specialize in tax-advantage structures for film finance which involve federal and state tax incentives available for production companies. To date, we have structured federal Section 181 and state tax credit finance deals (certificated and non-certificated state tax credits), together with accelerated and bonus depreciation, in order to offset production costs and to stimulate local economies.

We have experience in entertainment issues that arise in the film, television, music and multimedia industries, including:

  • Motion picture financing and distribution
  • Film tax credits purchase agreements
  • Talent contracts and production services agreements
  • Name and likeness usage protection
  • Copyright and trademark registration
  • Intellectual property licensing agreements
  • Entertainment industry employment