Rick Rosenthal has been practicing law for over twenty-five years, and currently maintains an entertainment transactional and litigation practice in Los Angeles. He received his J.D. from Boston University in 1983, clerked for a federal judge in the District of Rhode Island and the First Circuit Court of Appeals, worked for law firms He represents independent producers, writers, actors, directors and managers both in film and television and also handles publishing, theater and animation clients. He has served as production counsel for many films and has negotiated acquisition agreements and distribution deals with major studios and distributors including Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount, New Line, NuImage, Dreamworks, Disney and Lionsgate, in addition to DVD deals and P&A deals for independent films. He recently helped negotiate a ten picture deal with Lionsgate for his clients to produce pictures budgeted between $12-$15 million dollars. He participates frequently in film panels and has conducted seminars on legal issues in independent film at the SWSX film conference in Austin Texas, at the L.A. Film School and at UCLA.

He has worked for such clients as MTM Distribution, Odyssey Entertainment, Helkon Media, Cineville, Seven Arts, Bold Films, Tony Kaye Films and Emmett/Furla Films. He served for five years as the General Counsel to the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. He has drafted, negotiated and litigated a wide variety of entertainment contracts and matters, including distribution agreements, rights acquisitions, financing documents, talent agreements, joint ventures and co-production deals, licensing, syndication and profit participation ("Hill Street Blues", "Dangerous Minds", “The Watcher”, Indecent Proposal".).




- Fire With Fire (in pre-production) (production counsel) with Bruce Willis and Josh Duhamel

Giant Mechanical Man (production counsel) starring Malin Akerman, Topher Grace, Chris Messina

-The Lost Valentine (Hallmark Hall of Fame)(counsel to writers) Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White

-Dietrich (in pre-production)(HBO/ BBC) (counsel to writer/producer) starring Gwyneth Paltrow

-Shut Up Little Man (2011 Sundance film festival World Documentary competition) (counsel to rights holder)

-Freelancers (production counsel) with Robert DeNiro, Forrest Whitaker, 50 Cent   

-Lay The Favorite (pre-production) (counsel to producers) directed by Stephen Frears and starring Bruce Willis


- Setup (Emmett/Furla) (production counsel) starring Bruce Willis, 50 Cent, Ryan Phillippe and Jenna Dewan

- Vamps (production counsel) directed by Amy Heckerling with Alicia Silverstone and Sigourney Weaver

- Playback (production counsel) starring Christian Slater

- Bleecker Street (production counsel) with Ed Asner and Emily Foxler

- Witness Insecurity (production counsel) with Eddie Furlong, Ed Asner and Meatloaf

- Catch 44 (production counsel) Bruce Willis, Forrest Whitaker, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reid, Debra Ann Woll

- Things Fall Apart (Emmett Furla) (production counsel) 50Cent

    and Mario van Peebles

-  The Gun (Emmett Furla) (production counsel) Val Kilmer and 50              Cent



-     Empire of Silver (NeoClassic Films) Aaron Kwok and Jennifer Tilly         (counsel to producers)

-     G.I. Joe (Paramount) (counsel to technical consultant)

-Amelia (Fox Searchlight) with Hillary Swank, Richard Gere (counsel to technical consultant

-Courageous Heart:The Irena Sendler Story (Hallmark) with Anna Paquin, nominated for three Emmys and a Golden Globe (counsel to executive producers and rights holders)

-Sleepless Beauty pre-production (Warners Bros) with Meg Ryan  (production counsel)

-Smitty  (Tricoast) with Mira Sorvino, Peter Fonda, Lou Gossett, Jr,

( production counsel)

Land of The Astronauts (Cineville) with Bijou Phillips and David Arquette ( production counsel) 

Caught In The Crossfire 50 Cent, Adam Rodriguez and Chris Klein

( production counsel)


-   Remixed (BET)

-  Clean House  (E!)

                                    - The Contender (NBC)

                                    - The Next Great Champ (Fox)

- Whose Line Is It Anyway? (ABC)

-  Mad TV (Fox)

- Blind Date (Polygram)

- ABC Laboratory


- Shattered by Faye Resnick (Dove Audio)

- The Simpsons comic book (Bongo)

- The Amelia Earhart Mystery (Simon & Shuster)


- Kitchen Casanova (Cartoon Network)

- Pinheads (Klasky-Csupo)

- Omarr the Camel (Fox Family)


-  The Real Live Brady Bunch Show (Viacom)


-    Creative Planet (content deal)

-Wirebreak (content deal)


-  Hill Street Blues net profits

-  Indecent Proposal net profits 

-  Dangerous Minds soundtrack royalties

-  Tupac Shakur, The Lost Tapes copyright dispute

-  You’ll Never Make Love in This Town Again

    Book royalties

-  Lewis v. Dan Fogelberg music royalties

-  American History X credit dispute

  1. - O.J. Simpson civil case (pretrial motions)


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