Mark Litwak

Mark Litwak

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Law Offices of Mark Litwak & Associates
 | 11766 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 270
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-859-9595
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (60%),
  • Media and Advertising (10%),
  • Communications (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%),
  • Intellectual Property (10%)
Attorney Profile

 Mark Litwak is a veteran entertainment attorney and founder of the Law Offices of Mark Litwak & Associates based in Los Angeles, California. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property and book publishing. As a Producer’s Representative, he assists filmmakers in arranging financing, marketing and distribution of their films. 

The firms serves as production counsel for numerous  television and new media programs and series including the Netflix series "Wet Hot American Summer," Yahoo Screen's "Other Space," and Warner Brothers/Cartoon Network's  Emmy Award winning “Childrens Hospital.” Litwak is the author of six books:  Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood (William Morrow, 1986), Courtroom Crusaders (William Morrow, 1989),Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 1994) (winner of the 1996 Kraszna-Krausz award for best book in the world on the film business)Contracts for the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 3rd Ed. 2012), Litwak's Multimedia Producer's Handbook (Silman-James Press, 1998), and  Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film  (. He has contributed articles to The Los Angeles Times, The Business of Film, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemakerand Daily Journal.   He also writes a blog forIndependent Filmmaker Project (IFP). 

Litwak is an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law where he teaches Entertainment Law. He has also taught entertainment law classes at Loyola Law School, the University of Puget Sound and U.C.L.A. Extension.

Litwak also functions as an expert witness, arbitrator and as a Producer's Rep, assisting filmmakers in the marketing and distribution of their films. His filmmaker clients have had award winning films in Cannes, Toronto, Telluride and other festivals.

About Mark Litwak

Admitted: 1977, California

Professional Webpage: www.marklitwak.com/mark-litwak.html

Honors and Awards:

  •     Awarded Prize for best book  on the film business, Winner, Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, 1996

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • California Lawyers for the Arts award, 1991
  • conducts seminars for California Lawyers for the Arts, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (New York) and other organizations.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Reel Power is a  comprehensive look at the film business.   Using interviews with 200 film insiders, including Jane Fonda, Barry Diller, Robert Altman, Martin Sheen, Robert Evans and Paul Newman - the author quotes at length - the author leads us through the maze of power and politics in Hollywood., Author, Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood , William Morrow, 1986, 1986
  • Litwak is the author of 6 books: Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood (William Morrow, 1986), Courtroom Crusaders (William Morrow, 1989), Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 1994, 4th edition 2016) (winner of the 1996 Krazna-Kranz award for best book in the world on the film business), Contracts for the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 3rd Ed. 2012), Litwak's Multimedia Producer's Handbook (Silman-James Press, 1998) and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film (Silman-James Press, 2004). He has contributed articles for The Los Angeles Times, The Business of Film, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker and The Independent. He is the creator of the popular CD-ROM program Movie Magic Contracts.
  • Lectures include Century City Bar Association, California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)California Lawyers for the Arts, Texas Bar Association, Multimedia Law Institute,  Volunteer Lawyers fo  r the Arts (New York), Washington Lawyers for the Arts,  New York County Lawyer’s AssociationThe American Film Institute (AFI), American University,  Columbia University, Florida State University, Harvard University, Loyola Law School, The New School for Social Research, The Northwest Film and Video Center, NYU, Regents College, London, The Royal College of Art, London, San Diego State, San Francisco State, UCLA, University of British Columbia, University of California, Riverside, University of Colorado, Denver, University of Hawaii, University of Pennsylvania, University of Puget Sound, School of Law,   Univ of Wisconsin, Washington Film and Video Association.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • won 2 million dollar award against major distributor for failure to pay filmmaker his share of net profits; won $95,000 award in a creative accounting dispute against Canadian distributor in 2014  , 2012

Transactions:

  • Has served as production counsel for numerous television and new media programs and series produced by independent filmmakers as well as productions made for major studios, networks, and content  providers including Netflix, Warner Bros., 2oth Century Fox, Cartoon Network, HBO, IFC, Yahoo!, Disney/ABC, Hulu, Paramount, Seeso/NBC, Comedy Central, Verizon, YouTube, Facebook and MTV., 2017
  • Production counsel for numerous series includig Wet Hot American Summer, Shrink, Childrens Hospital, Other Space, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Garfunkel and Oates, Newsreaders, Hot Package, Hot Wives of Orlando and many others.

Representative Clients:

  • Filmmakers:  Jonathan Stern, Don Fox, Charles Acosta (Pendulum), Eileen Craft and Art Klein (Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School), Arthur Egeli (Unconditional Love), J. Todd Harris (Seven Girlfriends), Hal Schwartz (Crazy Love), Marty and Mark Stouffer (Wild America), Richard Shepard (The Matador), Sascha Rice (Mango Kiss), Brandon Cole (Six Figures), and Dwight Yoakam (South of Heaven, West of Hell). Documentary and Animation Filmmakers:  Michael Shoob and Joe Mealy (Bush’s Brain), Amir Mann (Shanghi Ghetto), Neil Evans (Biker Dreams) and Mark Moormann (Tom Dowd & the Language of Music). Filmmakers in animation include cartoonist Gary Larson (The Far Side) and Phil Nibbelink (Who Framed Roger Rabbit). Hyphenates: Many of the firm’s clients wear multiple hats such as actress-producer-director Deanna Shapiro (The Legend of Cryin’ Ryan), actress-producer Luo Yan (Pavilion of Women) and filmmaker-actor Marty Stouffer.> Corporate:  King World Direct, Sony Interactive (989 Studios), Abominable Pictures, Bedford Entertainment, Echo Lake Productions, Moulinsart SA (Tin Tin), The Hollywood Film Institute, Greg Thompson Productions, VisionScape Interactive, Centrifugal Films, Brasil Filmes Ltda., Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, Post Central Inc., Retirement Living Television, and Lance, Inc.

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Educational Background:

  • B.A. and M.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York, J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law.

Industry Groups

  • Copyright
  • Entertainment
  • New Media
  • Trademark
  • Videogames
  • Office Location for Mark Litwak

    11766 Wilshire Blvd.
    Suite 270
    Los Angeles, CA 90025

     

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