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.

J Awards 2019

Last month

Earlier today, triple j announced this year’s J Award nominees for Australian Album of the Year and we were reminded yet again of what a huge year it has been for our clients and Australian music generally. We are honoured to work with such talented, hard working artists and send our congratulations to the following clients who have been nominated for Triple J’s Australian Album of the Year 2019 (in alphabetical order):
G Flip, About Us
Hatchie, Keepsake
Hayden James, Between Us
Hilltop Hoods, The Great Expanse
Matt Corby, Rainbow Valley
Northlane, Alien
Stella Donnelly, Beware Of The Dogs
Thelma Plum, Better In Blak
For the full list of nominees > https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/news/musicnews/heres-your-triple-j-award-nominees-for-2019/11665098abc.net.au

WAMCon

Last month

WAMCon 2019, presented by WAM, kicks off next week in what is sure to be a massive weekend of learning, networking and celebrating the West Australian music industry. The 2019 conference schedule is packed with panels, presentations and one-on-one networking opportunities with a strong focus on diversity and sustainability in the industry. Our very own defamation litigation specialist, Amanda Mason, is moderating the ‘#Defamation_Situation’ panel on Friday 1 Nov from 11.30am – 12.30pm. The panel will take a deep dive into defamation controversies and what you need to know about the implications of defamation.
Full the full program > http://wamfest.com.au/wamcon/wamfest.com.au

Top 100 DJs

Last month

Congrats are in order for our clients Timmy Trumpet, Alison Wonderland and Will Sparks who placed in the 2019 DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs. Top 100 DJs is the definitive annual guide to the world’s most popular DJs with over a million votes cast globally each year. At twenty spots higher than last year, Timmy Trumpet placed 13th overall, making this his highest placement yet. Alison Wonderland placed 44th overall and took out the ‘Highest Climber Award’ after jumping a massive 52 places from 2018. Melbourne bounce electronic producer Will Sparks placed 57th overall. Congratulations Timmy, Alison and Will!
https://djmag.com/news/dimitri-vegas-mike-win-dj-mag-top-100-djs-2019djmag.com

IMNZ Session

Last month

Calling all Independent Music New Zealand members! Our managing partner, Stephen King, will be in Auckland on Wednesday 13 November for a members-only forum discussion on protecting your rights in the music business. The session is free, but places are limited!
If you have questions about legal issues in the music industry, register here > https://tinyurl.com/MALxINMZeventbrite.co.nz

ARIA Award Nominees

Last month

The ARIA season is upon us, and it’s time to celebrate another knock-out year of Australian music. Congratulations to all our clients who received nominations in the following categories, listed in no particular order

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Hilltop Hoods – The Great Expanse (Hilltop Hoods/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace (Rose Avenue Records/Sony Music Australia)
The Teskey Brothers– Run Home Slow (Ivy League Records)
Thelma Plum – Better In Blak (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)

BEST MALE ARTIST
Hayden James – Between Us (Future Classic)
Matt Corby– Rainbow Valley (Matt Corby/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Amy Shark – Mess Her Up (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Julia Jacklin – Crushing (Liberation Records)
Thelma Plum – Better In Blak (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)

BEST DANCE RELEASE
Dom Dolla– ‘Take It (Sweat It’ Out/Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd
Peking Duk & Jack River– ‘Sugar’ (Sony Music Australia)
RÜFÜS DU SOL – ‘Solace’ (Rose Avenue Records/Sony Music Australia)

BEST GROUP
Hilltop Hoods – The Great Expanse (Hilltop Hoods/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace (Rose Avenue Records/Sony Music Australia)
The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow (Ivy League Records)

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
G Flip – About Us (Future Classic)
Stella Donnelly – Beware Of The Dogs (Stella Music/MGM)
The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow (Ivy League Records)
Thelma Plum – Better In Blak (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)

BEST POP RELEASE
Amy Shark – ‘Mess Her Up’ (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Thelma Plum – ‘Better In Blak’ (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)

BEST HIP HOP RELEASE
Hilltop Hoods – The Great Expanse (Hilltop Hoods/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Tkay Maidza – ‘Awake feat. JPEGMAFIA’ (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

BEST SOUL/RNB RELEASE
Kaiit– ‘Miss Shiney’ (Alt. Music Group/Ditto Music)
Matt Corby – Rainbow Valley (Matt Corby/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE
Angie McMahon – Salt (Independent/AWAL)
G Flip – About Us (Future Classic)
Julia Jacklin – Crushing (Liberation Records)
The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow (Ivy League Records)

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Amyl and The Sniffers – Amyl and The Sniffers (Flightless Records)
HOLY HOLY – My Own Pool Of Light (Wonderlick Recording Company)

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Julia Jacklin – Crushing (Liberation Records)
The Paper Kites – On The Corner Where You Live (Wonderlick Recording Company)

BEST HARD ROCK/ HEAVY METAL ALBUM
Dead Letter Circus– Dead Letter Circus (BMG)
DZ Deathrays– Positive Rising: Part 1 (I OH YOU)

BEST BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM
John Butler Trio – HOME (Jarrah Records/MGM)
The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow (Ivy League Records)

PUBLIC VOTED AWARDS

BEST VIDEO PRESENTED BY YOUTUBE MUSIC
Briggs – ‘Life Is Incredible feat. Greg Holden’ (Adam Briggs/Island Records Australia)
G Flip – ‘Drink Too Much’ (Future Classic)
Hilltop Hoods – ‘Exit Sign feat. Illy & Ecca Vandal’ (Hilltop Hoods/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Thelma Plum – ‘Better In Blak’ (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)

BEST AUSTRALIAN LIVE ACT
Amy Shark – Amy Shark Australian Tour (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Gang of Youths – Say Yes To Life Tour (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music)
Hilltop Hoods – The Great Expanse World Tour (Hilltop Hoods/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Peking Duk – Peking Duk’s Biggest Tour Ever… So Far (Sony Music Australia)
The Teskey Brothers – The Teskey Brothers – Intimate Venue Tour (Ivy League Records)

SONG OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY YOUTUBE MUSIC
Hilltop Hoods – ‘Leave Me Lonely’ (Hilltop Hoods/Universal Music Australia)

See you on 27 November!

ARIA Artisan Awards

Last month

Bang the drums for our clients Dann Hume and Sam Teskey who took our awards at the 2019 ARIA Artisan & Fine Arts Awards this morning. Dann won Producer of the Year for his work with Matt Corby on Rainbow Valley and Sam was crowned Engineer of the Year for his work on Run Home Slow by the The Teskey Brothers. Congratulations Dann and Sam!
https://themusicnetwork.com/2019-arias-artisan-fine-arts/themusicnetwork.com

Games Week

2 months ago

GCAP Conference returns to Melbourne this week as part of Melbourne International Games Week. The community-based conference focuses on up-skilling the Australian game development industry through facilitating talks, panels and discussions with industry heavy weights. Catch senior lawyer Yasmin Naghavi at 11am on Wednesday 9 October for ‘Games + Music; Your Perfect Soundtrack’ for a discussion on the importance of music in video games and how to navigate licensing and publishing.
For the full GCAP program > https://www.gcap.com.au/

Creative Victoria GCAP – Game Connect Asia Pacific

Games Week

2 months ago

Composers, sound art innovators and industry pros in games and music came together over the weekend for High Score 2019: Composition and Sound Art for Gaming: SOLD OUT. The two-day sold out event was packed out with expert talks, workshops and networking with some of Australia’s best in gaming music. On Saturday, our very own Yasmin Naghavi sat on the ‘AMA Quiz the Experts’ panel and discussed all things gaming business with other industry pros including Alex Aniel (Brave World Productions), David Nash (Native Tongue), Kirsty Stead (Winterman and Goldstein) and Aarti Desai (Creative Vic).
Below are Yasmin’s top five take-aways from the day!

1. Be authentic;
2. Get your works out into the world (either by yourself or the team you build around you);
3. Understand which rights to keep and which ones are okay to give away;
4. Meet lots of people and build relationships (you never know where an opportunity may arise);
5. Create, create, create!

APRA Silver Scrolls

2 months ago

Congratulations are in order for our client Aldous Harding who last night took out the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for her stunning single ‘The Barrell’. The Silver Scroll Award is New Zealand’s most prestigious songwriting award, recognising outstanding achievement in the craft of songwriting. Aldous Harding joins a star studded hall of fame which includes our client and last years’ winner, Marlon Williams. Congratulations to Aldous Harding and her team on this incredible accomplishment!
For the full story > https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=12272644

APRA AMCOS Associated London Managementnzherald.co.nz

ARIA Fine Arts & Artisan Awards: The nominees for the 2019 ARIA Fine Arts & Artisans Awards were announced yesterday and we are really thrilled to see so many of our clients on the list.
In alphabetical order, congratulations to the following clients on your nomination >
Ben Jones (for client Amyl and the Sniffers)
Burke Reid
Burkhard Dallwitz
Jonathan Zawada (for client Flume)
Dann Hume
Gang of Youths
Kevin Parker
Konstantin Kersting
Sam Teskey
Trials
For the full list of nominees > https://themusicnetwork.com/2019-fine-arts-artisan-awards-nominees/themusicnetwork.com

VidCon Australia

2 months ago

The world’s largest celebration of online video and digital creators kicks off in Melbourne today for four massive days of industry learning and networking. The conference hosts the very best global and local video industry heavyweights, creators and social media talent and our senior lawyer, Yasmin Naghavi, is amongst those presenting.

Catch Yasmin on Saturday 21st at 3.15pm for a 101 on how to navigate Management Agreements.

For the full schedule > https://vidconaustralia.com/full-agenda/vidconaustralia.com

Splitting the Pie

3 months ago

As Bigsound wraps up for another year, The Music Network reflects on the top five take away points from “Splitting the Pie: How to Make Sure Everyone Is Paid Fairly” panel featuring our very own, David Vodicka.
https://tinyurl.com/splittingthepiethemusicnetwork.com

Bigsound 2019

3 months ago

Australia’s leading music industry conference kicks off in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley today! With industry relevant panels all day and over 150 artists showcasing at night, it’s no wonder the three-day event has cemented its place on Australia’s cultural calendar. Catch MAL Partner, David Vodicka, on Thursday at 11am for the “Splitting the Pie: How to Make Sure Everyone is Paid Fairly” panel. The rest of our music team will also be floating around so be sure to say hello! BIGSOUND
For the full schedule > https://www.bigsound.org.au/bigsound.org.au

Going Global

3 months ago

Senior music lawyer, Rob Glass, heads to Auckland this week for Going Global Music Summit 2019. The boutique music conference takes place at Roundhead Studios New Zealand over two days and is jam packed with live music, panels and workshops. You can catch Rob on Friday 30 August at the “Making Money from Your Music” panel and on Saturday 31 August at “Going Global – Australia”.
For more info and the full program > http://www.goingglobal.co.nz/goingglobal.co.nz

Falling Inn Love

3 months ago

Netflix has dropped the first trailer for its upcoming film “Falling Inn Love” this week. Our senior lawyer, Sarah Caughey, worked hard behind the scenes on the first Netflix original feature production filmed in NZ. The rom-com, directed by Roger Kumble, is about an American city girl who wins The Bellbird Valley Farm in a competition and ditches city life to remodel and flip the rustic property.
Falling Inn Love premieres worldwide on Netflix on 29 August 2019.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=12258423nzherald.co.nz

Copyright Chaos?

3 months ago

Katy Perry and her record label, Capitol Records, have been hit with a USD$2.7 million copyright judgment following allegations by Marcus Gray that Perry’s hit song ‘Dark Horse’ copied the beat of his Christian rap song ‘Joyful Noise’. Commentators argued that the similarities between the songs were insufficient to constitute copyright infringement, contributing to growing concerns that the balance of artistic freedom of expression versus copyright protection is weighing heavily in favor of the latter. The case raises questions as to whether the verdict could lead to a new wave of copyright infringement lawsuits.
https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/legal-and-management/8524466/katy-perry-dark-horse-guilty-verdict-dr-luke-maxbillboard.com

Film News

4 months ago

Our film lawyers have been working hard behind the scenes with Endeavor Content on the screen adaptation of Australian novel, Penguin Bloom, starring Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln and Jackie Weaver. The film is based on the true story of a young Sydney family who struggle to come to terms with their mother’s near fatal tragedy and an injured magpie who helps the family recover. Filming started in Sydney last week and release is scheduled for 2020.
For more info > https://www.if.com.au/jacki-weaver-joins-the-cast-of-glendyn-ivins-penguin-bloom/if.com.au

Indie-Con Australia

4 months ago

2019 Indie-Con Australia Conference presented by Australian Independent Record Labels Association is running over the next two days, bringing together the best and brightest of the world’s independent music industry to explore issues specifically relevant to the independent music sector. Our very own Julian Hewitt and Yasmin Naghavi are amongst the best and brightest presenting at the conference. Catch Yasmin today at 2.45pm for “HR 101” and Julian tomorrow when he moderates “The Anatomy of a Deal” at 4pm. The rest of our team will also be around over the coming days, so be sure to say hi!

For the full conference program > https://www.air.org.au/assets/uploads/2019-08/2019%20INDIE-CON%20SCHEDULE_WEB.pdf

Vanda & Young

4 months ago

The Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions and we are chuffed to represent a few of the 2019 prize winners. Huge congrats to our clients Matt Corby and Dann Hume for taking out the top prize with their stunning track ‘Miracle Love’ and to clients Sahara Beck and Kaiit who also placed.
https://www.facebook.com/vandayoungcomp/

OneMusic Australia

5 months ago

Today marks the launch of OneMusic Australia, the biggest overhaul of Australia’s music licencing system in almost a century. OneMusic is a joint initiative between APRA AMCOS and PPCA which aims to simplify music licencing by requiring businesses to apply for one licence, instead of two. According to APRA AMCOS chief executive Dean Ormston, unifying music copyright management will make compliance easier and make sure rights holders are fully remunerated when their music is played in public.
If you have questions about your obligations under the new system, email kristin.churley@mediaartslawyers.com.
https://www.onemusic.com.au/onemusic.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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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, 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 also a serving board member of The Lifted Brow, the former Secretary of the Creative Women’s Circle, and a Volunteer lawyer for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

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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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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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Senior Lawyer
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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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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Lawyer
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). 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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Katrina is a life-long musician with a passion for the arts and entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. After completing her practical legal training at a top global commercial law firm in Melbourne, Katrina worked in-house at an international television broadcaster in London. She oversaw the transfer of content following the acquisition of three prominent UK channels and advised in relation to general commercial and media law matters. She also has experience negotiating licensing and other agreements for television. She has recently returned home to Melbourne and joined the Media Arts Lawyers team.

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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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