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Proskauer Rose LLP
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036-8299
United States
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Sandra A. Crawshaw-Sparks is a partner in Proskauer’s Litigation Department. Sandy handles a wide variety of litigation and transactional matters in the entertainment industry, with a special focus on music. She maintains a bi-coastal practice and has represented many clients in connection with matters involving recording, publishing, licensing and management contracts, copyrights, trademark rights, unfair competition claims, and the rights of privacy and publicity.

Sandy typically handles copyright infringement, trademark infringement, enforcement of personal services contracts, accounting and royalty disputes, and matters involving the rights of privacy and publicity.

As a regular and substantial part of her practice, Sandy counsels clients in connection with transactions, negotiates pre-litigation resolutions of accounting and royalty disputes, negotiates licensing arrangements, and handles applications for court approval of personal services contracts with minors.

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United States > Intellectual property > Copyright

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Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks – Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP represents high-profile clients in music and entertainment involved in complex infringement litigation. The team is currently acting for Miramax in its high-profile copyright and breach of contract claim against director Quentin Tarantino concerning his intention to issue Pulp Fiction NFTs. In New York and Los Angeles, Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks leads the team, and has great experience litigating on behalf of clients in the music recording industry. Senior counsel David Munkittrick in New York represents clients in publishing, medical device, sports, and tech, and has acted for major entertainment figures.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation

Between New York and Los Angeles, Proskauer Rose LLP is home to a broad entertainment practice with a strong focus on contentious litigation pertaining to the music industry, the firm represents organizations, recording companies, and individual artists. Practice head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks divides her time between the two offices, as she represents clients in contractual disputes, matters pertaining to copyright and trademarks, unfair competition, and right to privacy. Brendan O’Rourke from New York is a seasoned litigator who led the team in representation of Young Hollywood in a lawsuit brought by White Ops, Inc. alleging several offenses under the Lanham Act. Further recommended in New York is senior counsel David Munkittrick, a specialist in copyright litigation and compliance whose clients include key music companies as well as high-profile individual artists.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional

With an active practice in New York, the team at Proskauer Rose LLP focuses its expertise on the corporate side of media and entertainment and content distribution transactions. Co-head Robert Freeman is an expert in structuring complex transactions and in a recent highlight negotiated multi-year distribution agreements between Cox Communications and ViacomCBS. His fellow co-head Lauren Boglivi is a specialist in media content matters and represented Hearst Magazines in its sale of the US edition of Marie Claire to British publisher Future. Their peer and co-head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks is a litigator with particular expertise pertaining to music industry matters. Finally, co-head Jeffrey Neuburger expands the firm’s scope through his focus on the intersection of technology, media, and IP. Will Chuchawat in Los Angeles, who focuses on middle market transactions, joined from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in February 2021.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions

The telecoms & broadcast team of Proskauer Rose LLP position themselves at the forefront of digital distribution, handling matters pertaining to traditional internet platforms and emerging OTT services such as Hulu, AMC Networks, and fuboTV and recently advised on industry-shaping M&A  for Discovery and ForgeLight. Headquartered in New York, the practice is led by Lauren Boglivi, Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks, Robert Freeman, and Jeffrey Neuburger. Will Chuchawat is an active dealmaker within the team, while Vishnu Shankar joined from Sidley Austin LLP in April 2021.