Richard’s time as a business and legal affairs executive at Universal, Disney and Paramount combined with his years in private practice at Greenberg Traurig and, for the past decade, The Point Media, allow him to provide clients with a unique legal skill set. He represents clients such as New Regency, Legendary, ITV, IDW, Machinima, Electus, DirecTV, Relativity, Ovation, Fabrik, Shout Factory and MRC in connection with their development and production of programming for exploitation in all media and on all platforms. He also has a reputation in the industry for his expert witness services and has been engaged as such by clients as varied as Warner Bros., ICM, HMRC and Celador. He has brokered carriage agreements with AOL, MTV, and domestic and foreign radio and television broadcasters; negotiated numerous sponsorship agreements; and notably assisted Robert Sillerman in the acquisition of “American Idol.” Early in his career, he was responsible for business and legal affairs relating to the development, production, post-production, marketing and advertising for such feature films as “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Tucker” and “The Golden Child,” and such television series’ as “Cheers” and “Family Ties.”
How does the point media approach fit with your practice?
We’re all trained in-house at studios, in a “business first” environment where contracts facilitate commerce, not the other way around.
What’s your style of working with clients?
I share my colleagues’ respect for deadlines, that time is money, and production must start when scheduled. We collaborate to keep a client’s flow of business unimpeded.
How do you flex your creativity with clients?
Our clients are content and digital pioneers, which allows us to be pioneers in negotiating and documenting deals of first impression. We’ve been able to create templates to fit the new economics and emerging markets. And we write good letters.
Strangest case you’ve worked on?
I advised the creator of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” in its lawsuit against the producer who tried to convince the jury that half of the profits of this mega-success was valueless. Only in Hollywood! Based on my testimony, the jury awarded the creator more than $270 million.
What’s been said about you that makes you feel proud?
He’s a deal maker, not a deal killer.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?
A philanthropist, or David Blaine.
- Representing Fabrik Entertainment, the producer of “Bosch” based on the bestselling novels by Michael Connelly, for all production legal work for this first dramatic series for Amazon.
- Representing Electus Entertainment and Principato/Young, producers of “Flaked,” in all production legal work on this scripted comedy series developed for Netflix.
- Representing producer CollegeHumor/Connected Ventures in all production legal work on educational sketch comedy series “Adam Ruins Everything,” based on the CollegeHumor web series of the same name.
- Representing Mandalay Sports Media in all production legal work for the E! docu-series “L.A. Clippers Dance Squad,” which chronicles the lives of Clippers’ dance team members.
- Representing NCX in all production legal work for “Undeniable,” a talk show on DirecTV hosted by sportscaster Joe Buck, which features in-depth interviews with legendary athletes and coaches.
- Represented reputable production company in all production legal regarding Emmy Award winning Netflix show.
- Represented Tomorrow Studios, the producer of “Aquarius,” for all production legal work for this first network series to be streamed for binge-viewing upon its NBC premiere.
- Provided expert witness testimony on behalf of Conrad Riggs, co-creator of the hit reality series “Survivor” in a dispute over consulting fees allegedly owed to show consultant Layne Leslie Britton. As a result of Richard’s testimony, a jury found that Riggs’ company, Cloudbreak Entertainment, only owed Britton $480,000 in damages, as opposed to the $14,000,000 Britton claimed he was shorted for his work on the project.
- Provided expert witness testimony on behalf of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Service in a matter in which HMRC determined that an investment made by wealthy Brits for a substantial tax-write off did not qualify for such a write-off, and that taxes and penalties were due. The UK Court agreed with his testimony and ruled in favor of HMRC.
- Provided expert witness testimony on behalf of Celador International, the creator of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” in a lawsuit over whether it was entitled to half of the profits from the hit game show. Based on his testimony, the jury awarded Celador more than $270,000,000.
- Writers Guild of America (Member)
- Beverly Hills Bar Association (Member)
- California Bar Association (Member)
- Greenberg Traurig, Entertainment Department
- Universal Television, Vice President
- Nelvana Communications, Vice President and General Counsel
- Kushner-Locke, Exec. VP and General Counsel
- Weintraub Entertainment, Group, Vice President
- Paramount Pictures, Senior Counsel – Handled legal work for feature film and network television divisions
- University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. 1970; Valedictory Speaker)
- University of California Los Angeles School of Law (J.D. 1973; Chief Justice of the Moot Court)
Variety asked Richard Marks to comment on the ongoing negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). A...Read more
Richard Marks served as legal counsel during the negotiation of Eva Longoria’s deal to play the lead in Fox’s pilot Type-A, a single-camera comedy from executive producer ...Read more
Richard Marks recently helped negotiate a deal between Ovation TV and Storyscape Entertainment to develop a new drama series, Hot Art, based on the book Hot Art: Chasing Thieves ...Read more
Richard Marks recently helped negotiate a first-look deal for Lionsgate with author, actress, and YouTube sensation Mamrie Hart. The deal is a continuation of the relationship betw...Read more
Richard Marks was recently quoted in Allyson Versprille and Matthew Beddingfield’s Bloomberg BNA article “Forever Young: How CGI Could Raise a Celebrity’s Estate Tax.” In ...Read more
Richard Marks was recently quoted in Ashley Cullins’ Hollywood Reporter article “Can ‘America’s Got Talent’ Host Nick Cannon Avoid an NBC Legal Fight?” In the article...Read more
Richard Marks was recently quoted in Kristin Marguerite Doidge’s Los Angeles Business Journal article “Sports Network Teems With Subscription Issues.” In the article, Richard...Read more
Joe Buck’s interview series for DirecTV “Undeniable” will continue for a third season. The show provides an unparalleled look into the lives of sport legends with one-on-one ...Read more
TruTV is renewing the comedy “Adam Ruins Everything” for a second season. The series started out as a web series on CollegeHumor in 2014 and was picked up by truTV......Read more
Amazon announced its plan to renew the detective drama “Bosch” for a fourth season. No premiere date has been set, but the studio is looking at a late 2017 or 2018 release......Read more
Richard Marks was recently quoted in Marni Usheroff’s Los Angeles Business Journal piece “Revenue from streaming alters big picture for some.” The article discusses how resid...Read more
Partner Richard Marks was the subject of Cale Ottens’ recent Los Angeles Business Journal piece “Expert Witness Sees Hefty Pay.” The feature explores the importance of Richar...Read more
Richard notably testified on behalf of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Service in a matter in which HMRC determined that an investment made by wealthy Brits for a substantial ...Read more
Richard Marks was a speaker at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s seminar “You Want What?!? Mock Negotiations between a Writer and a Studio/Network.” The seg...Read more
Richard Marks was quoted in Jean-Luc Renault’s Daily Journal article “Facebook Movie Skirts Legal Lines,” which discussed the issues surrounding portrayal of r...Read more
Richard Marks was a Main Speaker at “Produced By” 2010. Presented by the Producers Guild of America and hosted by 20th Century Fox Studios, the “Produced by̶...Read more