Each entertainment lawyer at BLAKE & WANG is a leader in the entertainment law field, providing clients with the highest level of lawyer expertise and guidance. Representing a select group of entertainment industry professionals, each lawyer at B&W understands entertainment projects and caters to the special requirements of clients in this business.
About: Brandon A. Blake has practiced entertainment law in Los Angeles for more than eighteen years with the law firm BLAKE & WANG P.A. From a big firm background, his practice includes work exclusively for entertainment clientele in contract, corporate, distribution and financing, music, and packaging. Mr. Blake represents Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Grammy Award recognized producers, directors and artists and negotiates major motion picture distribution deals. A list of recent feature film project credits can be found at www.imdb.com.
Lawyer Experience: Mr. Blake's production company Saturn Harvest, LLC produced the Lions Gate Films release "The Presence" with Daniel Myrick, director of "The Blair Witch Project" and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, and is producing the $23 million dollar feature film "Orpheus". A small sample of completed projects Mr. Blake has worked on include "Winter's Tale" with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe, M. Night Shyamalan's "The Visit", Kevin Macdonald's "Life in a Day", and Sidney Lumet's “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei, among many other notable projects. Notable writer-director clients have included Colin Trevorrow ("Jurassic World" and "Star Wars: Episode IX") and Tom Provost ("Under Suspicion" with Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman).
As an entertainment lawyer, Mr. Blake represents writers and animators of some of the best know works in the world, including the Bill Peet Estate (Creator of "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" and "Dumbo"), Emmy award winner Anthony Bell (Co-creator of the “Rugrats”), and graphic novelist Mark Kalesniko (writer of "Mail Order Bride").
As a producers rep Mr. Blake represents films at major markets including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, FILMART in Hong Kong, and AFM. Most recently, Mr. Blake represented five feature films at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Venice Film Festival Official Selection "Karoy."
Practice Concentration: Li Y. Wang brings an extensive background in dealing with the tax, regulatory, and accounting issues facing the entertainment industry, focusing specifically on distribution and auditing matters.
Education and Honors: The University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., Accounting with honors, Golden Key National Honor Society; The University of Texas at Austin, Master in Professional Accounting, with honors; The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., Senior editor, Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law, Law School Foundation.
Admitted to Practice: The State Bar of California and Texas, and the Federal Courts of the United States.
Entertainment Lawyer Experience: Corporate and general business: Expertise in special requirements of large firms - managed contract review projects at Jackson & Walker, LLP and Tivoli Systems, Inc. for multi-million dollar projects; provided audit and financial expertise to major software and entertainment firms.
Entertainment: Experience with major label musicians in acquiring music licenses and copyrights, and in auditing record labels over disputes in royalty payments, contract terms, and publishing issues. Served under the Governor at the Texas Music Office, responsible for music industry development and legal matters.
Individual and corporate tax: Extensive experience in corporate accounting - conducts tax research and planning on securities offerings; executes sophisticated tax planning for high dollar clients.
Professional and Community Activities:
Bar Associations: State Bar of California, Entertainment Law Section; State Bar of Texas, Entertainment Law Section; American Bar Association; Beverly Hills Bar Association, Business Law, Entertainment Law, and Probate Trust and Estate Planning sections; Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Organizations: California Lawyers for the Arts; College Legal Clinic; Graduate Business Network; active Texas Exes alumni; Women In Film.
Committees: Beverly Hills Bar Association Minority and Diversity Committee, Women in the Legal Profession, Citizens Law School Committee, Barristers Committee for the Arts (CFTA).