Richard Marks brings decades of experience in all aspects and areas of entertainment law in private practice as well as in-house with major studios and production companies.
With the entertainment industry going through sea changes at an unprecedented pace, RM&A provides you with its knowledge of what’s worked in the past so that it can be applied to the new deals being made now. Having seen firsthand the evolution of deals from features, to TV, to streaming, and beyond, Richard and his team bring their unparalleled counsel to you and your deal. And you reap the benefit of their handling high-profile, cutting-edge deals for scripted and unscripted product—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
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Before entering private practice, Richard acquired his unique TV, feature, and animation deal-making and documenting expertise as an in-house legal and business-affairs executive for companies as varied as Universal, Disney, and Paramount. Prior to forming Richard Marks & Associates, Richard was at The Point Media and Greenberg Traurig providing his clients with his pragmatic ability and experience on both sides of the proverbial table to close deals quickly and efficiently in connection with the development, production, and exploitation of programming for all media and platforms.
For example, Richard not only negotiated some of the first deals for his clients with now-established streamers such as Amazon and Netflix, but he has recently closed deals with new suppliers such as Peacock and Quibi. Richard also has an outstanding reputation as an expert witness assisting clients from major Hollywood players like Warner Bros. and ICM to individuals such as Jillian Michaels and Paul Smith (“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” creator) to achieve favorable settlements and awards.
Over his distinguished career Richard Marks has:
• Represented individuals as varied as Eva Longoria, George Foreman, George Lucas, and Barry Weiss;
• Worked on productions from Cheers, Aladdin, Beverly Hills Cop II to Bosch, All the Money in the World, and Ozark;
• Been employed by studios such as Disney, Paramount, and Universal;
• Worked for producers such as Jerry Weintraub and Kushner Locke; and
• Represented companies from Mandalay and Shondaland to ITV and Village Roadshow.
Richard’s concise and thorough detailing of custom and practice has been a key factor used by entertainment litigators to enhance the positions of and outcomes for their clients just as he does in his day-to-day legal and business affairs practice, closing cutting-edge deals for leading film, TV, animation, and digital companies.
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After graduating from UCLA School of Law, Shannon worked in Legal Affairs for 20th Century Fox Television handling script clearance and production legal work for shows like Modern Family and The Resident. She then joined The Point Media and worked with Richard for more than two years before following him to RM&A. Shannon assists Richard in all aspects of RM&A’s eclectic practice and has become well-versed in drafting and reviewing development agreements and day-to-day production contracts for scripted and unscripted television, feature film, and digital projects.
After graduating from UCLA School of Law as a member of the UCLA Law Review, Matt worked as a litigation attorney in Los Angeles. Preferring entertainment transactional law to the courtroom, Matt worked with Richard for 7 years at The Point Media before following him to Richard Marks & Associates where he routinely assists with complex matters for Richard’s high-profile entertainment industry clients across all media and platforms.