Gotye Artist
Flume Artist
Matt Corby Artist
Ian Dicko Dickson TV Personality
Elizabeth Rose Artist
Kingswood Band
Seth Sentry Artist
Stonefield Band
Vance Joy Artist
The Presets Band
Peter Maddison TV Personality
Missy Higgins Musician
Cut Copy Band
Hilltop Hoods Band
Josh Pyke Musician
Grinspoon Band
DZ Deathrays Band
Velociraptor Band
Marvin Priest Musician
Oh Mercy Band
Violent Soho Band
Miff Film Festival
The Medics Band
Airbourne Band
The Paper Kites Band

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.

Music News

5 days ago

Our very own Marcus Walkom gives you the lowdown on Taylor Swift’s new record deal with Universal Music Group’s Republic Records and explains how this will impact other artists on Universal’s roster.

See his interview with Your Money here https://www.yourmoney.com.au/lifestyle/taylor-swift-signs-landmark-business-deal/yourmoney.com.au

Exciting Announcement

11 days ago

We are very excited to welcome Sarah Caughey to our Media Arts Lawyers’ Auckland office!

Sarah joins the firm after practising for over ten years in London where she worked in both private practice and at the British Film Institute. Sarah’s practice focuses on the financing, production and exploitation of audio-visual content, particularly film and television. Sarah has acted for a vast range of clients in the entertainment industry including studios, mini-majors, independent production companies, financiers, public film bodies and distributors.

Sarah can be reached at sarahc@mediaartslawyers.com

ARIAS 2018

12 days ago

It was a fantastic year at the ARIAs 2018, with Australian female artists dominating the awards! Congratulations to our clients who were winners, with a special shout out to Ruel for being the youngest artist ever to win an ARIA, Courtney Barnett for being the first female solo artist to win the ARIA for the Best Rock Album, and Amy Shark for scooping up ARIAs in three massive categories!

It was an amazing night and we can’t wait for another killer year for Australian recorded music in 2019! See full list of winners here https://www.ariaawards.com.au/news?category=Winners

Exciting News

13 days ago

We are very proud to welcome Steve Rosser to the Media Arts Lawyers team.

Rated as one of Australian TV’s “most powerful and influential dealmakers”, Steve joins us after 17 years at FremantleMedia Australia and Asia Pacific where he was the Director of Commercial and Legal Affairs. Steve has deep experience in project development, production, exploitation, financing, sponsorship and distribution across all platforms and media, as well as extensive, copyright, licensing , creative talent and commercial experience and has extstensive networks.

Steve can be reached on steve@mediaartslawyers.com

J Award Winners

14 days ago

We are proud supporters of up-and-coming Australian Artists and were thrilled to see our clients take home the following awards at the J Awards last week

Kwame – winner of Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year

Middle Kids – winner of Triple J Australian Album of the Year with their album ‘Lost Friends’

Congratulations! You can see a full list of winners here
https://musicfeeds.com.au/news/2018-j-award-winners-announced/

Country Showcase

21 days ago

Country Music is dominating the ARIAs this year, so we kicked off the lead up to the awards by celebrating this classic genre at ARIA & Country Music Association of Australia’s Country Showcase last night. It was an evening of spectacular performances and storytelling from the ARIA nominee’s for Best Country Album, with special shout out to our clients Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont for their heartfelt tunes. We can’t wait to see who will take out the award at the ARIAs on 28th November 2018.

NZ Music Awards

22 days ago

We had the pleasure of celebrating the vibrant music scene in NZ at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards last week! Shout out to our clients who received awards in the following categories, listed in no particular order

Single of the Year – Drax Project ‘Woke Up Late’
Breakthrough Artist – Drax Project
Hip Hop – SWIDT
Electronic – Chores
Pacific – Ladi6 ‘Royal Blue 3000’

See full list of winners here

Award Categories

Too Gouda To Be True

26 days ago

In the Netherlands this week the European Court of Justice has found that there is no copyright in the taste of ‘cheese’. The decision follows attempts by Levola Hengelo, a Dutch food company, to claim monopoly over the taste of a cheese spread. The court found that “…the taste of the cheese could not be defined with enough precision and objectivity to make it clear to other companies where they might be overstepping the mark.”

Do you think taste is distinct enough to be copyrighted? Read the full article here
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/13/business/eu-cheese-copyright.html

SAM Awards

Last month

We had a great time last night at the South Australian Music Awards 2018! Congratulations to our clients who received the following awards, in no particular order

BEST SONG West Thebarton – Bible Camp
BEST ABORIGINAL OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ARTIST A.B. Original
BEST GROUP West Thebarton
BEST SOLO ARTIST Mane
BEST RELEASE West Thebarton – Different Beings Being Different
BEST MANAGER Craig Lock
BEST MUSIC VIDEO Mallrat – Better – (Rory Pippan – Young Black Youth)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – ELECTRONIC ARTIST Motez
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – HIPHOP ARTIST Tkay Maidza
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – ROCK ARTIST West Thebarton

For a full list of winners see
https://www.adelaidereview.com.au/arts/music/south-australian-music-awards-winners-announced

AUS Music Week 2018

Last month

Our very own Jessica Iuliano and Sarah Woolcott were honoured to moderate the Media Arts Laywers Present ‘The Business’ panel as a part of Australian Music Week 2018. Along with amazing panelists Mardi Caught – founder of The Annex Creative, Jez Ryan – founder of Mammal Sounds and indie singer/songwriter Jaguar Jonze, the session provided practical commercial advice for emerging artists on how to effectively communicate and get the best value out of opportunities early on in their careers.

J Awards

Last month

It’s award season and we’re thrilled to see so many of our clients nominated for J Awards – celebrating the best of our local indie talent. Here are the nominees in no particular order

Triple j AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Amy Shark, Love Monster
courtney barnett, Tell Me How You Really Feel
DMA’S, For Now
Middle Kids, Lost Friends
Polaris, The Mortal Coil
RÜFÜS DU SOL, Solace

Double j ARTIST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
John Butler Trio

UNEARTHED ARTIST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Angie McMahon
G Flip
Kwame
Slowly Slowly

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR, co-presented by Rage
DZ Deathrays ‘Like People’ Director: Guss Mallman
Golden Vessel ‘Bigbright {Ft. Elkkle, E^ST & Duckwrth}’ Director: Harry Deadman

The awards will be announced on triple j from 4pm on 23 November 2018, see full list of nominees here
https://www.theindustryobserver.com.au/2018-j-award/theindustryobserver.com.au

KAPOW! Do you need a kick-ass lawyer to save the day? Our founding partner David Vodicka gives advice on when you should start thinking about getting legal help as a musician in an interview with Pile Rats as a part of WAMFEST 2018.

“Generally the trigger point of engaging a lawyer tends to be when artists are presented a contract (recording, publishing, management) which should be reviewed so at least the artist is across what the agreement means and what their options are in terms of negotiation.”

You can hear David speak at the WAMFEST ‘Mind Your Own Business’ panel tomorrow at the State Theatre Centre of WA, and read his full interview with Pile Rats at the link below

http://pilerats.com/written/light-easy/media-arts-lawyers-wam-festival/pilerats.com

Screen Music Awards

Last month

We are grateful to represent some of Australia’s finest screen composers – shout out to Caitlin Yeo, David Cheshire, and Burkhard Dallwitz whose works have been nominated for APRA/AMCOS Screen Music Awards in the following categories (in no particular order):

‘The Butterfly Tree’ by Caitlin Yeo – Feature Film Score of the Year/ Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie/ Best Soundtrack Album

‘Barbara’ by Caitlin Yeo – Best Music for a Short Film

‘Jar Dewllers SOS!’ by David Cheshire – Best Music For Children’s Television

‘Underbelly Files: Chopper’ by Burkhard Dallwitz – Best Music For a Mini-Series or Telemovie

Full list of nominees here
http://apraamcos.com.au/awards/2018-awards/screen-music-awards/full-list-of-nominees/apraamcos.com.au

ARIA NOMINEES

Last month

Shout out to all our clients who have been nominated for ARIA awards in the following categories (in no particular order)

MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Amy Shark – Love Monster (Wonderlick Recording Company)
courtney barnett- Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)

BEST MALE ARTIST
Vance Joy – Nation Of Two (Liberation Records)

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Alison Wonderland – Awake (EMI)
Amy Shark – Love Monster (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)

BEST DANCE RELEASE
Alison Wonderland – Awake (EMI)
Peking Duk – Fire (Sony Music)
RÜFÜS DU SOL – No Place (Sony Music)

BEST GROUP
DMA’S – For Now (I OH YOU)
Peking Duk – Fire (Sony Music)
RÜFÜS DU SOL – No Place (Sony Music)

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
Jack River- Sugar Mountain (I OH YOU)
Ruel- Dazed & Confused (RCA Records/Sony Music)*

BEST POP RELEASE
Amy Shark – Love Monster (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Jack River – Sugar Mountain (I OH YOU)

BEST URBAN RELEASE
360 – Vintage Modern (Forthwrite/EMI)
Hilltop Hoods – Clark Griswold (feat. Adrian Eagle) (Hilltop Hoods/Universal Music Australia)

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
DMA’S – For Now (I OH YOU)

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
DMA’S – For Now (I OH YOU)
Middle Kids – Lost Friends (EMI)*

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
Missy Higgins – Solastalgia (Eleven: A Music Company/EMI Music)
Vance Joy – Nation Of Two (Liberation Records)

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont – Adam & Brooke (Lost Highway Australia /Universal Music Australia)

BEST HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL ALBUM
DZ Deathrays- Bloody Lovely (I OH YOU)
Parkway Drive- Reverence (Resist Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia)
West Thebarton – Different Beings Being Different (Domestic La La/Sony Music Entertainment)

BEST BLUES AND ROOTS
Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)*

BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM
Justine Clarke – The Justine Clarke Show! (ABC KIDS/Universal Music Australia)
Teeny Tiny Stevies – Helpful Songs For Little People (ABC KIDS/Universal Music Australia)

APPLE MUSIC SONG OF THE YEAR
Amy Shark – I Said Hi (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Peking Duk – Fire/Reprisal (Sony Music)
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me (Liberation Records)

BEST VIDEO
Amy Shark – I Said Hi (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Client Liaison – Survival In The City (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
Courtney Barnett – Need A Little Time (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
Gang of Youths- The Heart Is A Muscle (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music)
Peking Duk – Fire (Sony Music)
The Presets – Do What You Want (Modular/EMI)

BEST AUSTRALIAN LIVE ACT
Amy Shark – Love Monster Tour (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Client Liaison – Expo Liaison (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel National Tour (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
Gang Of Youths – 2017 National Tour (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music)
Peking Duk – The Wasted Tour (Sony Music)

Full list of nominees here
https://www.ariaawards.com.au/nominees/2018/Aria-Awards/Album-Of-The-Yearariaawards.com.au

#1 Album

2 months ago

Congratulations to our client John Butler Trio whose new album ‘Home’ has debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts.

The release follows the band’s announcement of their 2019 Coming Home Tour with fellow Australian award-winning musicians Missy Higgins and Stella Donnelly.

Full article here
https://www.oztix.com.au/news/archive/2018/10/06/john-butler-trio-storm-to-the-top-of-the-aria-charts-with-home-themusic/oztix.com.au

Silver Scrolls

2 months ago

We had a great night celebrating NZ songwriters at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards!

Congratulations to our client Marlon Williams – who took out the Silver Scroll Award for composing the hit ballad “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore”. Also a special shout out to our client Native Tongue Music Publishing, who are the proud publisher of Marlon Williams, and also represent the screen award winners Conrad Wedde, Lukasz Buda and Samuel Scott, who won the award for Best Original Music in a Series for their soundtrack for the Australian TV show “Cleverman”, and David Long, who won the award for Best Original Music in a Feature Film for his score for the documentary “McLaren”.

Full list of winners here
https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/2018665329/marlon-williams-wins-the-2018-apra-silver-scrollradionz.co.nz

Gold Record

2 months ago

Shout out to our clients The Paper Kites, who hit certified Gold status in the US with “Bloom” – a track they released nearly a decade ago! Hailing from Melbourne, The Paper Kites are a perfect example of how streaming services are extending the shelf life of songs and are giving indie artists a platform for international recognition.

Read full interview with The Paper Kite’s Sam Bentley here:
https://www.pedestrian.tv/music/melbourne-australian-band-the-paper-kites-us-gold-status-interview/pedestrian.tv

Work With Us

2 months ago

We currently have two job openings in our Melbourne office for an experienced Entertainment Lawyer (3yrs+) and an Office Administrator! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to build your career in Australia’s largest boutique entertainment law firm and work with clients at the top of the industry!

Find out more at www.mediaartslawyers.com/careers

Higher Note

2 months ago

West Australian Music (WAM) is currently presenting their Higher Note Workshop Program 2018, providing the chance for attendees to ask anything and everything about the music business! Today our very own Amanda Mason gave self-managed artists valuable advice on protecting IP, monetising rights and managing contractual relationships with managers, labels, publishers and other stakeholders.

Didn’t get the chance to see Amanda at Higher Note today? Not to worry – you can send an enquiry about what legals you or your band needs to consider to amanda@mediaartslawyers.com

More about the event here
wam.org.au

WE ARE HIRING

2 months ago

We are looking for an experienced commercial IP lawyer to join our Melbourne office! This is an exciting role for a high performing, innovative and driven individual who is looking to work with the best in Australia’s entertainment industry.

If you know someone who should apply, link them to our full job ad at

seek.com.au

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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.

Business & Corporate Advisory

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.

Celebrity, Brands & Image Rights

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.

Defamation & Reputation

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.

Design & Creative Industries

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.

Digital Media & Gaming

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.

Employment

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.

Fashion & Industrial Design

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.

Festivals, Events & Theatre

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.

Hospitality

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 & Trade Marks

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.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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.

Music & Entertainment

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.

Property & Personal Matters

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.

Radio & Broadcast

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.

Television & Film

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.

Writing & Publishing

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.

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Partner
David Vodicka

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).

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Partner
Stephen King

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 a Director of Ink Music Publishing and the manager for international artist, Georgi Kay.

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Partner
Julian Hewitt

Julian represents high profile musical talent, managers, labels, publishers, events and start-ups, 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.

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Senior Lawyer
Yasmin Naghavi

Yasmin practises in creative industries law, representing world-class graphic and motion design studios, agencies, illustrators, streaming services, 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 also a serving board member of the Creative Women’s Circle and a volunteer lawyer for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

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Senior Lawyer
Tania Petsinis

Having been legal counsel for the likes of Southern Cross Austereo, Marsh Insurance and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Tania has provided valuable input on a vast array of commercial matters, negotiating high level agreements and working closely with executives in the delivery of practical solutions from both a commercial and regulatory perspective. Tania joined MAL in 2015 and practices in the areas of general commercial, intellectual property, media and entertainment; with a particular focus on talent representation, hospitality, trade marks and brand protection, property, and creative industries. Tania holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and a Graduate Diploma in Communications Law.

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Senior Lawyer
Rob Glass

Rob Glass joined the firm in 2014, having previously worked at a Chambers and Legal 500 listed intellectual property firm in Australia and a commercial firm in New Zealand. Rob draws on more than 10 years experience working in the music industry to provide pragmatic legal advice to some of Australia’s leading DJs, producers, managers, labels and events, drafting and negotiating the deals that form the backbone of the business. Rob’s digital media experience has included working with technology clients, design studios, software and app developers, and online content distributors drafting documentation and structuring deals for new and established businesses.

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Senior Lawyer
Marcus Walkom

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’.

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Senior Lawyer
Sarah Caughey

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.

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Amanda Mason

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.

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Lawyer
Kristin Churley

Kristin commenced her legal career in a tier 1 Intellectual Property group at a leading national independent law firm. Kristin’s experience includes successfully acting in a high profile defamation trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria for an Australian entertainment client, which saw the largest first instance award of damages under the uniform defamation laws. She also has experience working across a range of IP areas, including trade marks, copyright and consumer law issues, working to protect the rights of well-known household and luxury brands, including international fashion houses. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelors of Laws (Honours) from the University of Western Australia.

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Lawyer
Jessica Iuliano

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.

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Consultant Solicitor
Steve Rosser

Rated as one of Australian TV’s “most powerful and influential dealmakers”, Steve joins us after 17 years at Fremantle Media Australia and Asia Pacific where he was the Director of Commercial and Legal Affairs. Steve has deep experience in project development, production, exploitation, financing, sponsorship and distribution across all platforms and media, as well as extensive, copyright, licensing , creative talent and commercial experience and has extensive networks.

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Paralegal
Chloe Lucchesi

Chloe has a background in events and the creative industries having worked with clients in the areas of hospitality, fashion, design, production and media. Chloe joined Media Arts Lawyers whilst completing her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and is set to be admitted to practice in late 2018. Chloe has a keen interest in intellectual property law, particularly in relation to trade mark matters and in the areas of film and television.

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CFO
Maria Amato

Maria has over 25 years in the entertainment industry specialising in finance and business management and has served as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer since 2006. In addition, Maria is the General Manager of The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), Director of Results Management (a company she founded in 1994) and, more recently, Chair of the Creative Industry Advisory Board for the Australian Institute of Music (AIM). Maria has also previously held positions as CEO and CFO of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and as a board member of Music Victoria.

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