Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney Completes New Entertainment Law Guidebooks

OKLAHOMA CITY – Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and Entertainment Practice Group Chair Jay Shanker is co-author and editor of two new volumes on entertainment industry dealmaking and intellectual property law issues for transactions and business. “The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Dealmaking” and “The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property,” scheduled for publication by Juris Publishers in May, will serve as comprehensive guides for both experienced lawyers and those seeking to develop practices in the fields of film, television, music, theater, book publishing, digital games, industry taxation and talent representation, along with nonlawyers on the business, finance and creative sides of the entertainment industry.

The “Dealmaking” volume was edited by Shanker and former American Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law Section Chair Kirk Schroder, with substantial contributions from 15 additional attorney collaborators from across the nation.

“‘The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Dealmaking’ provides a foundation for understanding the essential elements of contracting for rights, financing and services in key sectors of the contemporary global entertainment industry,” Shanker said. “Additionally, ‘The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property,’ which I’ve authored with Paul Supnik and Jonathan Reichman, offers a broad overview of intellectual property law issues, including copyright, trademark, rights of privacy and publicity and unfair competition law applicable to every aspect of entertainment industry dealmaking.”

Shanker adds, “This is an industry consisting of complex pieces that can be difficult to assemble. Applicable laws and best practices are constantly evolving. These volumes are designed to provide practical and accessible legal and dealmaking guidelines for key transactions described in the books.”

Additional information regarding the project, including the 85 illustrative contractual forms that accompany the “Dealmaking” volume, and how to order either or both volumes (with a prepublication discount of 10 percent from the list price), can be found at

A director in Crowe & Dunlevy’s Oklahoma City office and member of the firm’s Entertainment and Intellectual Property Practice Groups, Shanker is a veteran entertainment industry attorney whose practice encompasses all aspects of entertainment and new media law. His legal experience extends to the development, production and distribution of television and motion picture programming, recorded music projects, live stage and events, book publishing, interactive media and fine arts representation.

Shanker is also co-author of “Entertainment Law & Business,” contributing co-author of “Entertainment and Media Law Client Strategies,” contributing editor for “Entertainment Industry Contracts” and co-editor of “Law and the Television of the ‘80s.”

He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America publication for entertainment law – motion pictures and television and entertainment law – music since 2013, and one of only 440 lawyers worldwide to be selected for inclusion in the Who’s Who Legal – Sports and Entertainment 2015 publication.* He received his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

*Crowe & Dunlevy has no input in the rating methodologies used by The Best Lawyers in Americaor Who’s Who Legal publications.