Ann brings a unique and comprehensive perspective to her practice, having begun her career as an entertainment litigator, and, later, as production counsel for motion picture studios. She often acts in the capacity of an outside business affairs advisor for her clients, structuring and negotiating motion picture finance agreements, the acquisition of rights, first look agreements, merchandising, music licensing, and book publishing agreements.
Ann counsels clients on union and guild matters, licensing, intellectual property rights, and clearance issues. She also counsels sports and entertainment clients with respect to Internet, new media and other promotional, marketing and branding activities. In addition, she has deep experience as production counsel for numerous independent motion pictures with budgets ranging from $2 million to $200 million, and for scripted and unscripted television projects including game shows, competition-based shows and dramatic series, having drafted and negotiated hundreds of agreements with above and below-the-line talent, financiers, bond companies, unions and guilds.
Recognition & Leadership
Awards & Accolades
•Named, U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year in Entertainment Law - Music, 2011-2012
•Named, Top 35 Entertainment Executives Under 35, The Hollywood Reporter Next Generation Issue, 2005
Professional & Community Involvement
•Member, Television Academy
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Century City Bar Association
•Member, NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee
•Member, UCLA Entertainment Symposium Syllabus Committee, 2003-2008
•Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Committee Board of Directors, 2004