We know there’s an art to doing business.
For over 20 years, Media Arts Lawyers has given practical and commercial legal advice to clients throughout the entertainment, media, and creative industries. Acting for high-profile talent and multinational companies alongside emerging and fledgling projects, we set the benchmark for creatively strategic legal solutions – no matter the deal size. Our combined experience means that we have the skill, deep networks, lateral thinking, and foresight to achieve the best commercial outcomes for our clients. We don’t just do the paperwork, we think creatively to develop strategic solutions and structure intelligent deals.
Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30: We are extremely proud to announce that our very own Kristin Churley has been named a finalist in the 2020 Lawyers Weekly Awards. These awards identify the finest young lawyers across Australia and provide industry wide recognition for outstanding achievement in law. Kristin has been recognised for her both her talent and professional accomplishments in entertainment law. Congratulations Kristin!
HTH x Support Act1 year ago
Long term client and Aussie hip hop legends, Hilltop Hoods dropped a new track last week with all proceeds being donated to Support Act. “I’m Good?” was written in isolation, about isolation and in aid of road crew who have been devastated by the impact of COVID-19. We were proud to be on board and kick off the fundraising along with Island Records, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Blue Max Music. You can also donate by heading to supportact.org.au/donate-now/ and select the ‘Roadies (Crew) Fund’.
Experts in Residence1 year ago
Experts in Residence presented by the Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) is a series of collaborations with accomplished business professionals to provide one-on-one expert advice to small Victorian music businesses. The sessions run for an hour and are aimed at giving small music businesses access to professional services in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Applications are now open to meet with our senior lawyers, Yasmin Naghavi and Marcus Walkom. Yasmin is available to discuss areas of employment, contract law and force majeure matters while Marcus is available to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on all facets of the music industry, contracting and future impacts on music industry agreements. To read more about our lawyers and apply for a session please head to https://www.vmdo.com.au/expertsinresidence or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Employment advice1 year ago
Many clients have been contacting us about their legal rights and obligations during this uncertain period. To understand the difference between stand downs, redundancies, and more – contact email@example.com
Pandemic At The Disco1 year ago
A playlist to get you through isolation, put together by our team and jam packed with our clients!
Attention all Artists1 year ago
PPCA have introduced an emergency policy to provide a one off advance to registered artists who have suffered hardship as a result of COVID-19. Registered artists who wish to take advantage of the advance should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to determine their eligibility.
For the full press release > https://tinyurl.com/PPCAGrantppca.com.au
Hottest 100 of the Decade: It’s an uncertain time for many in the music industry so it’s important now more than ever to keep cheering each other on. So on that note, we’d like to take a moment to congratulate our clients who landed in triple j’s Hottest 100 of the Decade last weekend. We are so proud to work with such an amazing bunch of artists who have built remarkable careers in music. Big congrats to the following clients who made top ten and to all of our other clients who placed:
#1 The Less I know The Better – Tame Impala
#2 Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye
#4 Covered In Chrome – Violent Soho
#5 Innerbloom – RÜFÜS DU SOL
#6 Magnolia – Gang of Youths
#8 Never Be Like You – Flume
#10 Brother – Matt Corby
You can check out a full list here > https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/decade/2010s/#/1-100abc.net.au
MAL’s Current Response to Outbreak of COVID-19:
To our valued clients,
On behalf of all of us at Media Arts Lawyers, we hope this message finds you safe and well.
In light of current developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to inform you of the actions we are taking in regards to the continuity of our business and our efforts to support our clients, employees and the wider community. At this point in time, NO Media Arts Lawyers staff member has been directly affected by COVID-19 or have suffered or are suffering any symptoms linked to COVID-19.
However, in preparation for the potential disruption our business may face from this constantly evolving situation, we have implemented a number of procedures to: (i) reduce the impact to our day-to-day business operations; (ii) ensure we can continue to assist and advise our clients in relation to their business and legal needs; and (iii) keep our employees and the wider community safe.
Effective immediately we have put the following procedures in place:
1. An updated health & safety policy has been implemented requiring all Media Arts Lawyers employees to take additional care and precautions in respect of their own and all other employees health and safety whilst at work in an attempt to minimise the potential spread of COVID-19;
2. If an employee suspects that they, or a person they reside with, has COVID-19 or are otherwise showing any symptoms of COVID-19, such employee will self-quarantine and work from their home until either: (i) a healthcare provider examines the employee and confirms that they do not have COVID-19, or (ii) a healthcare provider diagnoses the employee with COVID-19 and thereafter clears them to return to the office; and
3. All non-essential business travel has been halted.
We have taken the decision to ensure the safety of our employees and clients to require that all employees work from home for a specified period. The current working from home period is with effect from close of business on March 16th 2020 until close of business on March 20th 2020. We will be assessing the need to extend the requirement for employees to work from home prior to the end of the current period and will provide an update.
As a business that operates throughout the world, we are accustomed to working from many locations and timezones and accordingly we do not foresee any direct impact at this stage to our working capabilities and capacity. Further, our existing secure cloud-based technology, together with the procedures we have implemented, aim to ensure we can continue working throughout this uncertain time with minimal disruption via email, phone, video conference and other remote access and communication tools.
We of course note the potential disruption and uncertainty you may be facing with your business and existing contractual arrangements. Please do not hesitate to contact us immediately to discuss any current concerns around your ongoing business operations and needs – we are here to assist as needed and where we can.
If you, or someone you know, works in music or entertainment and needs someone to talk to, the Support Act team are available 24/7. Support Act Wellbeing Helpline – 1800 959 500.
David Vodicka, Stephen King and Julian Hewitt
Partners, Media Arts Lawyers
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19): We’re seeing the novel coronavirus raise a number of complex legal issues for our clients, particularly for those operating live events and music festivals. We are encouraging our clients to proactively consider how COVID-19 will impact their businesses, employees and upcoming events, and to mitigate that risk where needed. If you’re concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on your event or business – we’re here to help, contact Kristin at email@example.com.
Tame Impala1 year ago
Congratulations are in order for our client, Tame Impala, who’s hugely anticipated fourth studio album “The Slow Rush” debuted this week at No 1 in Australia, No 3 in the US and No 3 in the UK. This is Tame’s second Australian ARIA Chart No 1 after “Currents” went straight to No 1 in 2015 and highest ever US chart position. Big congrats to Kevin and his team!
To listen to “The Slow Rush” on Spotify > https://open.spotify.com/album/31qVWUdRrlb8thMvts0yYL
Indie Week1 year ago
Eurovision Australia Decides: Wishing luck to our clients Didirri, Casey Donovan, and Jaguar Jonze, who will perform at EAD this weekend and compete for the chance to represent Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020! Check out their entry songs and find details on how you can vote for these amazing acts here -https://eurovisionaustralia.tv/index.php/2020-artists/eurovisionaustralia.tv
Hottest 1001 year ago
Congratulations to all of our clients who made it on triple j’s Hottest 100 over the long weekend – we’re stoked to represent 41 of the 65 Australian chart entries! Listed here in order of countdown:
2. Flume feat. Vera Blue — ‘Rushing Back’
3. Mallrat — ‘Charlie’
6. G Flip — ‘Drink Too Much’
8. The Jungle Giants — ‘Heavy Hearted’
9. Thelma Plum — ‘Better In Blak’
10. Hilltop Hoods feat. Illy and Ecca Vandal — ‘Exit Sign’
18. Tame Impala — ‘Borderline’
20. DMA’S — ‘Silver’
22. Ruel — ‘Painkiller’
30. Flume feat. Reo Cragun — ‘Friends’
33. Dom Dolla — ‘San Frandisco’
38. Ruel — ‘Face To Face’
43. Tame Impala — ‘It Might Be Time’
48. Ziggy Alberts — ‘Intentions (22)’
49. Ruel — ‘Free Time’
50. HOLY HOLY— ‘Teach Me About Dying’
52. Tame Impala — ‘Patience’
57. Slowly Slowly — ‘Jellyfish’
58. G Flip — ‘Lover’
59. Mallrat and Basenji — ‘Nobody’s Home’
60. Hockey Dad — ‘I Missed Out’
61. Holy Holy — ‘Maybe You Know’
64. George Alice — ‘Circles’
65. Thelma Plum — ‘Homecoming Queen’
66. G Flip — ‘Stupid’
69. Violent Soho — ‘Vacation Forever’
72. Angie McMahon — ‘Pasta’
73. Cub Sport— ‘Party Pill’
74. Hayden James feat. NAATIONS — ‘Nowhere To Go’
75. Golden Features and The Presets — ‘Paradise’
77. G Flip — ‘I Am Not Afraid’
78. Thelma Plum — ‘Not Angry Anymore’
80. Spacey Jane — ‘Good For You’
81. Flume feat. London Grammar — ‘Let You Know’
82. Peking Duk and Jack River — ‘Sugar’
83. Alex Lahey— ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ (Like A Version)
92. Client Liaison — ‘The Real Thing’
94. Allday — ‘Protection’
97. San Cisco — ‘Skin’
99. Cosmo’s Midnight — ‘C.U.D.I (Can U Dig It)’
100. DUNE RATS— ‘No Plans’
Here’s to another year of Aussies dominating the charts!
Full list at: https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/19/#/1-100abc.net.au
Movie Giveaway1 year ago
The Biggest Little Farm premieres this Thursday 16 Jan and we have three family passes to giveaway! The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. The film features an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call and provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.
To win a Family Pass (4 for the price of 2), like this post and tell us how you plan to be more sustainable in 2020! #TheBiggestLittleFarm
To see the official trailer, head here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcQKWkpPB3U&feature=emb_titleyoutube.com
AACTA Awards1 year ago
The 2019 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) were announced in Sydney this week and congratulations are due to our client, Francois Tetaz, who won ‘Best Original Score’ for his work in Judy & Punch. The AACTA Awards recognise excellence in screen and are considered one of the highest achievements in Australian film and television. Francois adds this award to a list of impressive feats including two Grammys and an Australian Guild of Screen Composers ‘Feature Film Score of the Year’ Award for his work in Wolf Creek. Congratulations Francois!
ARIA Week1 year ago
Another year and another ARIA Week comes to a close! Congratulations again to all our clients who went home with ARIA Awards on Wednesday night, listed in no particular order:
The Teskey Brothers – Best Group and Best Blues & Roots Album for ‘Run Home Slow’ (Ivy League Records)
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Best Dance Release for ‘Solace’ (Rose Avenue Records/Sony Music Australia)
Kaiit – Best Soul/R&B Release for ‘Miss Shiney’ (Alt. Music Group/Ditto Music)
Amyl and The Sniffers – Best Rock Album for ‘Amyl and The Sniffers’ (Flightless Records)
Northlane – Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album for ‘Alien’ (UNFD)
Hilltop Hoods – Best Australian Live Act for ‘Hilltop Hoods, The Great Expanse World Tour’ (Hilltop Hoods/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Here’s to another year of great Aussie music!
ARIA Awards 20191 year ago
Exciting News1 year ago
Last Friday marked the launch of Indigemoji – the world’s first complete sticker set of Indigenous emoji made on Arrernte land in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. The App has already topped the Apple store charts as the number one social networking app in Australia this week! Congratulations to the Indigemoji team, we’re very proud to have assisted with this inspiring project!
You can download the App for free at www.indigemoji.com.au
Grammys 20201 year ago
The nominees for the Grammy Awards 2020 were announced this week and we were very chuffed to spot a few of our clients on the list. The biggest congratulations to Flume, RÜFÜS DU SOL and The Teskey Brothers on your nominations.
For the full list of nominees > https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/2020-grammy-awards-complete-nominees-list#3grammy.com
We advise some of the industry's biggest & brightest.
Our clients include Grammy and ARIA award winning musicians, Golden Lion award winning creative agencies, AACTA and Logie awarded television and film talent, international fashion houses, APRA|AMCOS winning composers, Emmy awarded production companies, media and entertainment companies, streaming services and technology platforms, labels, celebrity chefs, publishers, national festivals and local events, designers, authors, visual artists, influencers, content creators, venues, illustrators, top-rating radio presenters, managers, agents and industry bodies.
Courtney Barnett, Flume, Gotye, Tame Impala, Kylie Minogue, AB Original, Amy Shark, Matt Preston, Isa Guha, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Em Rusciano, The Design Files, VICE, Seventh Street Media, Cricket Australia, Future Classic, Jacky Winter Group, Josephmark, Christopher Doyle & Co, Peking Duk, Vance Joy, Dune Rats, Ruel, Downtown Music Publishing, Native Tongue, Darkroom, Craig & Karl, Benja Harney, Cord & Berg, Entropico, Daniel Johns, Aldous Harding, Ian Strange, Nadia Hernandez, Anya Brock, Kim Kim Kim, Steaphan Paton, Gang of Youths, Hilltop Hoods, Scott Pickett, Projects of Imagination, Ellery, Matt Corby, McClymonts, Foster Type, Tristan Kerr, Bounce Patrol, Mighty Car Mods, Onelove, RUFUS DU SOL, Stella Donnelly, Chloe Ting, Simone Giertz, The Scranline, Wicked Witch, Beyond the Valley, Groovin’ The Moo, South Island Wine & Food Festival, Rhythm & Alps, Bolster, Planet Broadcasting, NB Content, Oh Yeah Wow, Projucer, Client Liaison, The Smith Street Band, The Teskey Brothers, The Black Seeds, Buxtock, Select Music, 123 Agency, Styalz Fuego, Pieater, AIR, IMNZ, MMF New Zealand, and many others!
We've got the industry covered.
Our combined experience means that we have the skill, deep networks, lateral thinking, and foresight to achieve the best commercial outcomes for our clients. We don’t just do the paperwork, we think creatively to develop strategic solutions and structure intelligent deals.
We advise clients on all commercial matters from establishing the most appropriate legal structure to sales and acquisitions of businesses and assets. During the last five years, our firm has been instrumental in structuring and negotiating over $150 million in commercial transactions. Additionally, we guide clients through stakeholder and governance issues, investments and fundraising, corporations and partnership legislation, and act for clients in business affairs and board advisory roles.
From exclusive publication rights for celebrity announcements, to brand endorsement deals, to takedown notices, we understand how to protect and extract the most value from image and brand rights. We advise on endorsements and sponsorships, advertising standards and marketing practices, celebrity appearances and publicity agreements, events and touring agreements, image use and infringement, management agreements, and trademarks.
A highly technical area of law, we can help you protect your brand and personal reputation. We provide advice, issue concerns notices, letters of demand, and cease and desist notices, as well as litigation. We represent clients in respect of various reputational matters including defamation (both pre- and post-publication), passing off, misleading and deceptive conduct, injurious falsehood, misuse of personal image, and falsely implying an endorsement or sponsorship.
We understand what goes into running and working with design and creative industries. We act for leading graphic and motion design firms, agencies, creative directors, photographers, artisan craftspeople and makers, painters, muralists, typographers, sculptors, and industry organisations. We assist clients with all commercial matters including services agreements, commissioning agreements, licensing and assignment of copyright, gallery-artist relationships, exhibitions and touring, employment and freelancing, releases, restraints and restrictions, non-disclosure agreements, copyright infringement, moral rights, value and charge-out rate advice, disputes, and everything else in between.
From standalone websites and apps to gaming engines, we assist clients throughout all stages from idea inception to MVP to product launch to sales/acquisitions. We advise local and international companies in relation to website terms and conditions, software as a service agreements, online game of chance competition rules, Spam and Privacy Act compliance, and negotiating with collecting societies. In addition, we assist clients with funding applications, music and third party copyright clearances, cybersquatting, employment, contractor, and developer agreements, R&D advice, non-disclosure agreements, engine licences, and commercialisation of creative projects.
We don’t just advise on the legal position in relation to HR matters but also the commercial realities of what it is to employ/contract or be employed in Australia or New Zealand. We draft and negotiate employment agreements and exits for companies, high-level executives at multinational entertainment, talent, fashion, and design companies and regularly attend Fair Work Commission conciliations. We also provide industry-specific advice in relation to workplace entitlements, intellectual property, confidentiality, employment restraints, as well as contractor vs employee hiring.
We represent fashion houses that show at MBAFW, NYFW, and Paris Fashion Week and understand how and when the Copyright/Designs Act overlap occurs and what steps you need to take to exploit your designs and copyrights and protect them from infringement. We also represent clients in respect of manufacturing and fabrication agreements, distribution and supply agreements (exclusive and non-exclusive) with Australian and global retail and online outlets, licensing agreements, agency agreements, employment matters, outworkers agreements and advice, labelling, customs seizure, copycat or counterfeit merchandise, and all other related matters.
There is a huge amount of risk involved when putting on a live event of any sort. We have an extensive client base of promoters, talent, booking agents, and venues. Having regularly acted for clients from all sides of the business, we have deep experience in the nuances of live performances and promoting.
We have an extensive hospitality client list, including licensed venues, restaurants and cafes, celebrity chefs, and some of the most influential hospitality interior designers and architects. Our work includes advising on purchase and sale of businesses, employment, leasing, property purchase, venue fit-outs, television and event appearances, book and other publishing deals, sponsorships and endorsements, and other related matters.
Intellectual property is the backbone of our practice. Whether it be creation, ownership, registration, transfer, licensing or protection of intellectual property (or ideas), we give our clients the assistance they need to protect or assert their intellectual property rights in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the world. Alongside representing our clients in respect of copyright matters, we handle some of the biggest trade mark portfolios in Australia and can assist with trade mark and designs searches, applications, adverse reports, oppositions, registrations and certifications.
We have extensive experience litigating matters in all major Australian courts and tribunals relevant to our areas of practice. We bring a practical and commercial approach to dispute resolution.
Our core business developed within the music industry, so we can assist with everything from deal negotiation to dispute resolution. Our clients include musicians, bands, songwriters, composers, producers, festivals, agents, managers, labels, publishers, distributors, streaming services, and content providers.
Our clients often need legal assistance with matters outside of the entertainment industry. For many people, buying real estate will be their most significant investment. Our property lawyers are not only highly experienced in conveyancing, but are also across all areas of property law, contract law and other areas of the law which can be relevant to the sale, purchase or lease of commercial and/or residential property. In addition, we regularly advise and prepare paperwork in relation to estate matters (wills, probate, estate planning) and powers of attorney.
We represent radio talent and producers as well as radio stations and streaming services. We advise in relation to employment and contractor agreements, codes of practice and conduct, and other matters relating to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, including representing clients in respect of ACMA investigations and submissions.
Thanks in part to streaming, content in shortform, longform, and limited format is being created and consumed more than ever before. We advise clients both in front of and behind the camera as well as all the other people that support the creation or distribution of content for both digital and terrestrial broadcast and communications. Our clients include streaming services, TV hosts, actors, media personalities, talent management entities, production companies, directors, writers, animators, composers, and distributors. Our services include advising on talent performers and key-creatives’ rights, agreements and releases, television format protection, script option rights agreements, classifications, and pre-broadcast defamation and explicit content review and advice.
We represent journalists, publishers, and authors of books (fiction and non-fiction), magazines, columns, blogs, articles (longform and shortform) and other online and in-print publications in respect of rights, advances, royalties and how works get used and exploited in other mediums. We regularly advise clients in respect of publishing deals, co-author agreements, ghostwriters, literary agents, copyright infringement, exploitation of subsidiary rights, pre- and post-publication defamation review, and option agreements.
We are more than just lawyers.
We are the largest boutique entertainment law firm in Australasia and our team is amongst the brightest and most experienced in the industry. Whether you require some simple advice or need an adept international deal-maker, we will always help you achieve the best solution for your needs.
Stephen practises in all facets of commercial and entertainment law; with a particular focus on music, particularly within the independent sector through his representation of the Australian and New Zealand label associations and numerous independent record labels within Australia, New Zealand and internationally. Stephen combines his legal knowledge with his vast experience in the music industry, including in private practice in the UK representing major artists, labels and industry bodies and in Australia as the Business Affairs Manager for Festival Mushroom Records. Stephen is a supporter of local music and provides pro-bono services to Music NT and Arts Law members. Stephen is the manager of the multi award winning artist, Georgi Kay and of ARIA Award winning producer, Dean Tuza and co-owner of Wilson Street Studios.
David is the founder of Media Arts Lawyers and Australia’s preeminent music lawyer. With over 25 years’ experience dealing in all facets of entertainment law, David represents many high-profile musicians, celebrities and entertainment companies. In addition, he oversees the firm’s general commercial practice and in the last five years he has concluded over A$100M in mergers and acquisitions including sales of entertainment businesses, festivals and sports tournaments. A passionate advocate for local music and creative industries, David chairs the board of Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), is a board member of Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), and a past board member of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
Julian represents high profile musical talent, managers, labels, publishers, events and startups, and with a large overseas network has been instrumental in setting up international deals for his clients. He has been a musician signed to major and indie labels, and has a post-grad degree in corporate finance. In addition to his extensive music law practice, Julian represents film and television projects, studios, creative agencies, celebrity talent, media and tech companies, events, designers, and NGO’s.
Yasmin practises in creative industries law, representing world-class graphic and motion design studios, agencies, illustrators, streaming services, game makers, visual artists, authors, managers, fashion designers, format and content creators, influencers, photographers, tv/radio talent, and app developers. Additionally, Yasmin has a strong employment law practice at the firm. Holding both a Juris Doctor (hons) and an MBA, Yasmin combines experience with expertise, industry insight, and a passion for the creative sector. Working in close partnership with her clients, she brings clarity to their legal rights and obligations, and advises with the intention of achieving the very best strategic and commercial outcome. Committed to giving back to the industry, she’s a serving board member of Writers Victoria Inc and Youth Activating Youth Inc, and a Volunteer lawyer for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.
Rob specializes in music and entertainment law and for more than a decade has guided the careers of some of Australasia’s leading talent, taking them from home grown heroes to international success stories. Personally representing household names on both sides of the Tasman, from Masked Wolf, Dom Dolla, Client Liaison and Golden Features; to Shapeshifter, Hollie Smith, Dallas Tamaira (Fat Freddy’s Drop) and The Black Seeds; Rob procures and negotiates the deals that form the backbone of the music business. Registered to practise law in both New Zealand and Australia, Rob represents record labels, festivals, agents and executives, and his IP practice includes working with tech, software, design and start ups and more recently international clients on the convergence of music, art and cryptocurrency.
Marcus has experience in all facets of entertainment and commercial law and as a litigator having practiced both in Australia and the UK. With his practice focused primarily on the music industry, Marcus has represented high profile artists, managers, producers, labels, publishers, festivals, events and start-ups throughout the world, and with a particular interest in working with new and emerging talent he has assisted in procuring, negotiating and advising on local and international deals for his clients. Marcus also runs independent label and management company ‘We Are Golden’.
Sarah’s practice focuses on the financing, production and exploitation of audio-visual content. She has acted for studios, mini-majors, independent production companies, financiers, public film bodies and distributors. Sarah advises clients on structuring and financing individual productions, accessing national film and television tax reliefs, international co-production treaties, slate co-financing arrangements, development, production and distribution agreements and chain of title issues. In addition she advises entertainment companies on general corporate activities, including banking facilities and buying and selling content libraries. Sarah joined the firm in 2018 following practising for over ten years in London where she worked in both private practice and at the British Film Institute.
Having worked at entertainment industry, IP and commercial law firms for over 10 years, Amanda brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Practising across the spectrum of defamation, commercial law, IP and entertainment industry law matters, Amanda’s particular focus is on defamation, commercial law, disputes and litigation. Amanda represents clients from all corners of the commercial and creative industries including media outlets, festivals, promoters, comedians, artists, musicians, game developers, and various other commercial entities. Her three years as assistant editor of Heavy Music Magazine and current involvement in the local music scene managing artists and running events provides her with a unique perspective that allows her to best understand and anticipate the needs of her clients. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music Business Management.
Chris’ practice spans the full scope of trade mark services. He has over ten years’ experience in intellectual property and has worked in a number of Australia’s leading top tier firms. Chris is passionate about all things IP and provides trade mark advice across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Chris has extensive experience in the fashion, design and retail industries. He represents market-leading brands in contested proceedings and has successfully represented a number of high profile artists and celebrities, protecting their brand assets both locally and internationally. Chris is also an avid supporter of the IP profession. He organises a number of key industry events and is a regular curator of education seminars for the Young Institute of the Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia. Chris was recognised as Managing IP’s Rising Star in both 2018 and 2019 and currently chairs the INTAs Non Traditional Trade Marks Committee (East Asia and Pacific).
Dan has over 5 years’ experience in commercial, entertainment and media law, working across the sector in private practice, not-for-profits and as a Business Affairs Executive for the ABC. Dan’s practice focuses on providing strategic advice to clients in the music and film and television industries, aiding with business structuring for productions, licensing and investment agreements, acquisitions, development and distribution agreements, chain of title issues, talent agreements, performers releases and music licensing. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Creative Industries (Entertainment Industries) (Distinction). Dan is passionate about combining his legal and creative skill-sets to provide a benefit to his fellow creatives and is pro bono volunteer lawyer for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.
With a background in Sydney’s independent theatre scene, Jessica’s experience and knowledge in the performing arts provides her with unique insight into the commercial realities of live performance, including all aspects of the production from cast agreements to music licensing. Jessica has a passion for intellectual property law and deals with matters concerning the creation, protection and enforcement of such rights across the firm’s core practice areas. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/ Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Isabel commenced her legal career in intellectual property, specifically focusing on trade mark prosecution, brand clearance and commercial agreements. She seeks to help creatives and brands of all sizes to understand and navigate their legal rights through a commercial lens. Having lived in Shanghai and Tokyo, Isabel has an aptitude and interest in approaching business and intellectual property with a global mindset. She also has hands-on experience in media analytics, radio and television broadcasting, and is particularly interested in supporting those in the creative and hospitality industries. Isabel draws on her legal experience and industry knowledge to support both the creative and commercial interests of her clients. Isabel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media & Communications and Advanced Japanese Language and a Juris Doctor.
Tahlia has been actively and passionately involved in the music industry for a number of years. She joined the firm in 2019 having completed her law degree in Perth, WA and draws on a range of different experiences across the music industry including artist management, communications and live performance. Tahlia is particularly passionate about artist development and empowering artists through the use of legal tools. Tahlia is an Artist Manager with We Are Golden and holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts/Communications and an Advanced Diploma of Music Business.
Maria Amato is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association and has worked in the Arts and not-for-profit sector for over 25 years specialising in finance and business management through her own consultancy firm, Results Management. Maria has held former positions as Chair of the Creative Industry Advisory Board and member of the board of directors for the Australian Institute of Music, CEO/CFO of the Melbourne International Film Festival and board member of Music Victoria.
Jessica started her career in the film industry, working on various Australian productions within the art department. Following years working on motion picture, she entered into the corporate world, working for one of Australia’s largest e-commerce businesses as the Office Administrator. Along the way, Jessica never lost touch with the arts community and found herself involved in award-winning independent productions and large corporate activations. Now working with Media Arts Lawyers, she is the friendly first point of contact for new and existing clients.
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We don’t have any current job vacancies, but if you think you’d be a perfect fit for our team, please register your interest here.
We generally hire people who we have previously worked within the legal field (with at least 3 years PAE) or broader entertainment industry. That said, we’re interested to hear from people who we don’t know yet, but should be on our radar.
What do we look for in our solicitors? Smarts, excellent work ethic, strong ties to the entertainment industry, and proven career successes.
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