Hillary Bibicoff is a transactional entertainment attorney at Holmes Weinberg where she represents both established and “up and coming” actors, hosts, writers, directors, authors, financiers, independent producers, production companies and sales agencies. Her client list includes Pam Fryman, Rob Long, Mike Rowe, Robert Towne, two of the executive producers on the hit show “The Black List,” and the creators and show runner of “Good Luck Charlie.” In addition to talent deals, she negotiates book, screenplay and life story agreements, as well as various film finance, production and distribution deals and studio term deals, and oversees production legal for the Super Bowl pre-game and half-time shows as well as other live events. She also handles licensing, merchandising, endorsement, sponsorship and spokesperson deals for talent as well as both traditional entertainment companies and those whose main business is outside of the entertainment industry. She has been involved with audits of major studios conducted on behalf of talent with gross profit participations. She represented the two largest investors in the $500 million 25 picture film finance deal between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros., and represented Toho Co., Ltd. in the sale of the rights to the recent “Godzilla” feature to Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.
Hillary’s several years as an executive at motion picture production and distribution companies, first at LIVE Home Video and then as Vice President of Theatrical Business & Legal Affairs at Rysher Entertainment, give her practical business perspective and a strategic advantage in negotiations. She started her career in the transactional entertainment and corporate departments at Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz. Most recently, she was a partner at Greenberg Glusker for twelve years.
Hillary has again been named a “Southern California Super Lawyer” for 2015, a designation awarded to only the top five percent of lawyers in Southern California. She was chosen as one of Hollywood’s “top new generation deal makers” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. She has received a Woman of Achievement Award from the Women’s Business Counsel. She was profiled in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and featured in The Angelos.
Hillary is an IFTA Arbitrator. She serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees of Women in Film and the Advisory Committee for the UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Professional Representatives Section of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as a member of the Independent Film Project and the Los Angeles Copyright Society. In addition, Hillary is Co-Chair Emeritus of the Women’s Entertainment Network. She has been a speaker at several entertainment industry events. She has authored articles on acquisition of rights for film and television and profit participations.
Hillary received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and currently serves on the Board of Governors for Loyola Law School, which she attended as the Burns Scholar, Loyola’s highest academic scholarship. She received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award as the outstanding female graduate.
- Represented 24 Hour Fitness in connection with its agreement to sponsor “The Biggest Loser” and its agreement with Magic Johnson for 24 Hour Fitness Clubs by Magic Johnson, as well as in connection with various spokesperson deals.
- Represented Banc of America Capital Investors and M/C Venture Partners, the largest investors in Legendary Pictures, in connection with their $500 million 25 picture film finance deal with Warner Bros.
- Represented Kathy Bates in connection with her series deal with Warner Bros. for “Harry’s Law.”
- Negotiated James Cameron Earthship Productions’ financing, production and distribution agreements for the 3D large format films “Ghosts of the Abyss” and “Aliens of the Deep” the Discovery Channel specials “James Cameron’s Bismarck” and “Titanic Live ’05” and the cave diving thriller “Sanctum.”
- Represented John Eisendrath and Dan Knauf in connection with their agreements for hit show “The Blacklist” as well as John’s overall deal with Sony and Dan’s prior deals, including “Dracula” and “Carnivale.”
- Represented Pam Fryman in connection with her agreements to direct and executive produce “Three Sisters” “Just Shoot Me” and “How I Met Your Mother,” as well as multiple pilot directing agreements, including 3 pilots and one series in 2015.
- Represented Jim Lampley in connection with his overall broadcasting and first look agreements with HBO.
- Represented Prime Focus in connection with various conversion and special effects agreements.
- Represents Touchdown Entertainment in connection with production legal work for the Super Bowl, as well as other live events.
- Represented Toho Co., Ltd. in connection with its 2010 sale to Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. of the right to produce the recent hit “Godzilla” feature and the associated merchandising rights.
- Represented Vaupen & Baker and Dan Staley in connection with their executive producer agreements for “Good Luck Charlie.”
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