Robert L. Seigel, Legal Services

Robert Seigel has more than 20 years experience in the counseling and representation of directors, individual producers, production companies, writers, distribution companies, and foreign sales agents concerning the development, financing, production, marketing, distribution, and licensing of fiction and non-fiction projects.

His practice also includes representing artists, music recording and publishing companies, talent management companies, book authors, playwrights, and digital media content developers and providers.

His clients’ projects have appeared theatrically and on network, syndicated, public and cable television and have earned Academy Award nominations, Emmy nominations and awards, Peabody awards, and prizes at major film festivals.

Mr. Seigel has provided legal counsel for narrative films such as Interview, directed by and starring Steve Buscemi (Sony Picture Classics); Blind Date directed by and starring Stanley Tucci (Screen Media); The House of the Devil directed by Ti West (Magnolia/Magnet); 10th & Wolf (ThinkFilms); and Forty Shades of Blue.

He’s worked on documentaries such as the critically acclaimed and financially successful Trembling Before G_d (New Yorker Films), the ‘breakdancing’ documentary Planet B-Boy (Elephant Eye Releasing/MTV), the Emmy-Award winning Telling Nicholas, and the Academy Award-nominated Which Way Home and On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps To Freedom.

Mr. Seigel has also served as an attorney for individual writers, producers, and directors, for such narrative features as Twelve, directed by Joel Schumacher (Hannover House); Pete Smalls is Dead, directed by Alexander Rockwell; Repo Chick, directed by Alex Cox; and Love Ranch, directed by Taylor Hackford (E1 Entertainment). He has advised on the life rights for the subjects of such motion picture and television projects as Mad Hot Ballroom; Liz Murray: From Homeless to Harvard; and reality television success The Real Housewives of New York.

He has also advised sales agents, distributors, and licensors of such intellectual property content as fiction and non-fiction motion picture features, television programming, and new media.

Mr. Seigel is a frequent lecturer and panelist on issues concerning the motion picture and television industries at the Practicing Law Institute, New York County Lawyers Association, the Independent Feature Project, New York Women in Film & Television, New York University, the School of Visual Arts, the New School, the Association for Independent Video & Film, the Woodstock Film Festival, the Avignon/New York Film Festival, and at other film, video and television seminars and panels.

He is a contributing editor to Indie Slate and has written many articles for such publications as Filmmaker, Entertainment Law & Finance, International Documentary, Scr(i)pt Magazine, Film Festival Today, and The Benjamin Cardozo Journal of Arts and Entertainment Law.

Mr. Seigel is a member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section and the Motion Picture Committee of the New York State Bar, and of the Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Section of the New York County Lawyers Association.

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