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Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

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Richard Heller

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Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

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Richard B. Heller is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC and co-Chair of the firm's Entertainment Group. His practice focuses on motion pictures and television, new media, publishing, celebrity branding and intellectual property.

Mr. Heller's clients include on-screen talent, writers, producers, directors, production companies and distributors in the motion picture and television fields, as well as numerous foreign companiescharitable organizations and individuals doing business in the U.S. He handles independent film clients from acquisition of rights through financing, production and exploitation of projects.

For over twenty five years, Mr. Heller has also represented a wide range of best-selling authors as well as book and magazine publishers. Working extensively with prominent authors, doctors, journalists, designers and other celebrity clients, as well as global brands, Mr. Heller actively counsels his clients in managing their valuable intellectual propertyrights and implementing fully-coordinated strategies for exploiting motion picture, television, print, audio, electronic new media, merchandising, and other rights.


Mr. Heller is a member of the New York City Bar Association (Member, Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law, 1984-Present); and the American Bar Association (Member: Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law; Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, 1979-Present). He was Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Heller is admitted to practice in New York. 


Brown University (BA, 1974)
New York University School of Law (JD, 1977)

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment: transactional

Within: Media and entertainment: transactional

A stand-out firm for talent-side representation, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC's entertainment practice attracts praise for its 'unwavering commitment to clients and its ease in dealing with creative issues'. The group is particularly known for its representation of film, television, theater and music talent and celebrities, and counts actors Robert De Niro and John Goodman among its client. Richard Heller recently acted for Aaron Sorkin to negotiate and structure a deal for his adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird for Broadway. Los Angeles-based Andrew Hurwitz advised Jennifer Lee in negotiations for her role as Creative Head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Victoria Cook successfully assisted comedians Desus Nice and The Kid Mero move the late night show Desus & Mero from Viceland to Showtime. Hayden Goldblatt, who has particular experience in the film sector, was recently promoted to the partnership. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise specified.

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