Legal practice to service entertainment biz launches in Sydney

A legal practice has launched in Sydney to service the entertainment business.

The announcement:

SYDNEY, 25 March 2013 – Entertainment legal services practice David Whealy and Associates has launched in Sydney basing its office on the lot in the professional area of Fox Studios Australia.

The practice that provides comprehensive legal services for the entertainment industry in addition to executive producing TV and film projects is headed by industry law expert David Whealy who said, “We are delighted to have launched David Whealy and Associates in Sydney as we offer a unique range of services for the film, TV, music and sports industries.”

Whealy has over twenty years experience in the entertainment industry including senior legal positions with Omnilab Media, Holding Redlich, Beyond Entertainment, ABC TV and PolyGram Records and the practice as a whole offers legal services which span contract negotiations, film distribution, production agreements, talent contracts, chain of title, IP, trade practices and defamation issues.

Whealy added, “Our key areas of expertise include film and television development, production, financing, distribution and sales – areas where we add significant value for our clients. We are regularly involved in projects from their very inception through script development, funding, production and distribution. We also regularly help directors, talent, composers, producers, production companies, TV networks, sporting organisations and more with their daily legal requirements.”

As an executive producer, David Whealy has forged relationships with all the US major and mini major studios and also boast contacts that include A-list talent, producers, distributors and sales agents worldwide.

Projects which Whealy has personally been the EP on include “The Killer Elite” (2011), “Tomorrow When The War Began” (2010), “The Loved Ones” (2009), “Bran Nue Dae” (2009), “The Messenger”(2009), “Closed for Winter” (2009),”W” (2008) and “The Bank Job” (2008).

Whealy concluded, “At David Whealy and Associates we understand how the entertainment industry works, how to get the job done and how best to deal with the many legal issues that often present themselves. We are also very passionately committed to the Australian entertainment industry.”

Source: press release

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