Elizabeth Zee

Partner

Liz has practiced in the entertainment law area for over 20 years.  She joined The Point Media in 2006.  She works with studios, production companies and networks, negotiating agreements of all types including option, production, talent, and licensing agreements.  She also vets programming for a number of production companies. Liz got her start in entertainment law at Paramount Pictures, first in business and legal affairs for home entertainment and then in business and legal affairs for television where she worked on such shows as “Star Trek, The Next Generation,” “MacGyver,” and “Cheers.” Prior to joining Paramount, Liz was an associate in the Washington DC office of Baker & McKenzie and an associate in the Los Angeles office of O’Melveny & Myers.

Get to know me

What are you passionate about in your practice?
The Point Media is all about providing services on a moment’s notice. I constantly look to add value and contribute my expertise and experience in a cost effective manner.  As a lawyer, it’s what I like to do.

Share an example of going the extra mile for clients.
Productions often need answers right away. I remain available to my clients 24/7/365 because nobody can predict when all parties will need to agree on a key deal point.

Challenges of being a lawyer in the entertainment industry today?
The economics of the business have changed dramatically, as has the technology.  This requires creativity and imagination in structuring deals and drafting agreements.

What do you wish they taught you in law school but didn’t?
A course on human behavior and how to treat others to get the results you want.  Respect and courtesy go a long way!

Strangest deal you’ve worked on?
Representing a client that wanted to assist a celebrity in keeping compromising photographs taken in a foreign country off the market.

Favorite lawyer moment?
While I was a litigator, opposing counsel called my conduct outrageous. The federal judge called the statement “hard to believe,” and then ruled in my favor on pending motions. We also won the case at trial and on appeal.

Representative Matters

  • Represent Ovation in licensing of programming and production legal matters
  • Represent Tricon in production legal matters
  • Represented Workaholic Productions in vetting of reality television program
  • Represent charitable foundation in production of fundraising concert
  • Represent Relativity Television in development and production of reality television programs
  • Represent Universal in connection with production legal matters for direct-to-DVD pictures

Associations, Memberships & Awards

  • Member of the California, Massachusetts and DC bars
  • The Harvard Club of Southern California
  • The Harvard Business School Association of Southern California

Prior to The Point Media

  • Paramount Pictures – Network television, home-video and pay television
  • DeForest Research Associates, President – Provider of clearance services to the entertainment industry
  • Baker & McKenzie – Washington D.C. office
  • O’Melveny & Myers – Los Angeles office

Education

  • Harvard Business School (M.B.A. 1984, General Management/Finance)
  • Albany Law School (J.D. cum laude)
  • Mount Holyoke College (B.A. 1973 magna cum laude, Anthropology)

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