Nicholas La Terza

Partner

Nicholas La Terza handles a wide array of transactional entertainment matters for The Point Media’s clients. He serves companies and individuals with respect to production, financing and exploitation of theatrical motion pictures, television and digital. He is the former Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs of Landscape Entertainment, where he was responsible for theatrical features. He has also served as Head of Business Affairs and/or General Counsel for Largo Entertainment, New World Pictures, and Alliance Atlantis Entertainment, and is a former Partner of the international law firm Sidley & Austin. Nick is a member and former co-chairman of the UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium Advisory Committee. He also holds voting memberships in the Executive Branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He currently teaches Motion Picture Financing at UCLA Law School and Entertainment Law at both UC Irvine Law School and the University of Miami Law School. Prior to practicing law he served as clerk for Judge Jesse Curtis for the Central District of California.

Get to know me

What are you passionate about in your practice?
Intellectual property law, especially copyrights. Also, I am a movie buff and fan of outstanding television series and television movies and miniseries.  I enjoy being directly involved in the business and legal sides of these programs.

What’s been said about you that makes you feel proud?
Smart and tough. I stand by my word once I agree on a deal point.

Strangest deal you’ve worked on?
I successfully completed a deal for a major motion picture actress who insisted on unlimited quantities of Evian water in her trailer – seems the woman washes her hair with it.

Share an example of your working style.
If I’m working on an independent feature production with a first-time producer, I can offer practical advice drawn from my 30 years of experience, and can “call audibles” when necessary.

Favorite lawyer moment in a movie?
Paul Scofield’s soliloquy in the trial of Sir Thomas Moore in “A Man For All Seasons.”  He eloquently defends his right to have dissented to Henry VIII’s first divorce and remarriage.

Associations, Memberships & Awards

  • Teaches entertainment law at Pepperdine Law School
  • Member of UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium Committee
  • Member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Member of British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Prior to The Point Media

  • Landscape Entertainment, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs – Was responsible for theatrical features
  • Largo Entertainment, Head of Business Affairs
  • New World Pictures, General Counsel/Head of Business Affairs
  • Alliance Atlantis Entertainment
  • Sidley & Austin, Partner at international law firm.

Education

  • Villanova University (B.S. and M.A. cum laude)
  • University of Toledo College of Law (J.D. cum laude)

Related Blog Posts

Nicholas La Terza a Speaker at the Beverly Hills Bar Association

Nicholas La Terza was a speaker at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s discussion “How and Why Studios Hedge Their Bets: A Critical Look At The Film Slate Transactions.” Nich...Read more