At Lehmann Strobel PC, we know that independent producers face unique challenges. The entertainment world is changing fast. In ten years, we have gone from commissioning agreements to co-productions to multi-platform deals to 360-degree commissioning. The deal points and the deliverables may change — but at the end of the day your success depends on your passion to create compelling content with professional results.
Lehmann Strobel PC was founded on the belief that independent producers needed an alternative to large, expensive, litigious law firms. We know that you need efficient and effective legal and business affairs advice from lawyers who understand the entertainment industry. For more than a decade, we have worked as production attorneys for independent film, television, radio and multimedia content producers of all kinds. Client list.
Whether you are optioning story rights, negotiating a commissioning agreement, or licensing a completed program, we can help manage your creative assets to achieve your goals.
“Producer Tom Philips contacted us about a program he had produced about the growing bear population in suburban New Jersey. The show was controversial and was receiving lots of press coverage. NJN Public Television, which had originally agreed to air the program, was now getting cold feet. Two of the wildlife experts interviewed in the program did not want the show to air. They claimed that the appearance releases they had signed were inadequate and were threatening to sue if the program was aired. Employees at NJN Public Television were also saying that the appearance releases for the program were flawed and that the station should not air the program for that reason.
"Tom wanted to know if the appearance releases he used — standard for this kind of programming — gave him the right to broadcast the interviews. More importantly, he asked what we could do to both reassure NJN Public Television and protect his ability to seek other broadcast venues for the program. We reviewed the appearance releases and drafted a strongly worded letter to the CEO of NJN Public Television. We addressed the alleged deficiencies in the appearance releases and explained the protections available to NJN Public Television (including the producer’s representations and warranties and E&O insurance coverage). We pointed out that statements by NJN employees about the releases could harm our client’s ability to exploit the program and could expose the station to legal liability. Our letter was effective. The program was broadcast and has received 12 television industry awards including five Tellys."
-- Walter G. Lehmann, Managing Partner