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March 24, 2008 Ė My Life As An Entertainment Lawyer

Richard A. RosenRichard A. Rosen has practiced entertainment law in Los Angeles for nearly 30 years. He has handled varied legal matters for high-profile clients in the motion picture-television industry including actors and performers, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Gary Busey, Adrienne Barbeau, Rebecca De Mornay, Scott Baio, Leif Garrett, Max Baer Jr. and Flip Wilson; producers and directors, such as Alexander and Ilya Salkind, Frank Marshall, Peter Bogdanovich, Walter Hill, Stephen Deutsch, and Jim and Ken Wheat; as well as countless artists, special effects wizards, award-winning photographers, writers, editors, singers, songwriters, talent agencies, production/distribution companies, management companies, distributors and foreign sales companies.

As a litigator, Rosen has been successful in a number of jury trials, including cases that involved issues of copyright, trademark, contract and accounting claims, business and personal torts, dissolution of partnership, Lanham Act and rights of publicity. He also has arbitrated disputes under various entertainment industry collective bargaining agreements. In non-litigation practice, Rosen has experience negotiating agreements in almost every area of the entertainment industry, including motion picture and television, book publishing, music publishing, and sound track, live theater and musical theater productions. He has been the production attorney on a number of independent films and has negotiated agreements with countless production companies.

Rosenís experience as the attorney for Sisterella, an original concept album which became a full musical theater production in 1996, gained the attention of playwrights Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna who asked him to produce the off-Broadway play, Bermuda Avenue Triangle. Upon his return from New York, Rosenís client, Paul Davids, asked him to co-produce the independent motion picture Starry Night. The picture was shown at the Montreal Film Festival and won an award for fansí favorite film at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It is presently being distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures.

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