Ann Brigid Clark

Ann Brigid Clark

Of Counsel

Ann Brigid Clark focuses her practice on transactional entertainment, media and intellectual property matters, including the representation of independent motion picture and scripted and unscripted television production companies, digital media companies, financiers, independent producers, showrunners, writers, directors, artists, musicians and on-screen talent in connection with all aspects of development, production, distribution, promotion and exploitation of motion picture, television, new media, print and music projects.

Ann brings a unique and comprehensive perspective to her practice, having begun her career as an entertainment litigator, and, later, as production counsel for motion picture studios. She often acts in the capacity of an outside business affairs advisor for her clients, structuring and negotiating motion picture finance agreements, the acquisition of rights, first look agreements, merchandising, music licensing, and book publishing agreements.

Ann counsels clients on union and guild matters, licensing, intellectual property rights, and clearance issues. She also counsels sports and entertainment clients with respect to Internet, new media and other promotional, marketing and branding activities. In addition, she has deep experience as production counsel for numerous independent motion pictures with budgets ranging from $2 million to $200 million, and for scripted and unscripted television projects including game shows, competition-based shows and dramatic series, having drafted and negotiated hundreds of agreements with above and below-the-line talent, financiers, bond companies, unions and guilds.

Concentrations

  • Transactional entertainment
  • Intellectual property
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Capabilities

Experience

 

  • Represented Walt Disney Pictures in connection with the landmark decision, Wolf v. Superior Court, 106 Ca. App. 4th 625 (2003), in which the Court of Appeal held that the duty of a motion picture studio to account to a profit or revenue participant does not give rise to a fiduciary duty.
  • Production Coordinator for Texas International Theatrical Arts Society ("TITAS"), a major presenter of music and dance companies in Dallas, Texas, 1993-1997

Recognition & Leadership

  • Named, U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in Entertainment Law - Music, 2011-2012
  • Named, "Top 35 Entertainment Executives Under 35," The Hollywood Reporter "Next Generation" Issue, 2005
  • Member, Television Academy
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Century City Bar Association
  • Member, NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee
  • Member, UCLA Entertainment Symposium Syllabus Committee, 2003-2008
  • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Committee Board of Directors, 2004

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Art History and English, cum laude, University of Dallas
Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California