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David Schmerler

David Schmerler

Senior Counsel
New York
T: 212.407.4274 | F: 212.658.9052


David Schmerler handles a wide variety of entertainment-related transactions on behalf of individuals, studios, networks and other commercial and nonprofit entities working in the live stage, literary publishing, film, television and new media industries. In theater, he represents playwrights, composers, lyricists, directors, designers, actors, rights holders and producers for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional, West End and other stage productions. Mr. Schmerler also represents book authors, journalists and publishers, as well as screenwriters, directors, on-screen talent and producers of documentary and feature films and scripted and unscripted television programming. He negotiates and administers literary, music and life story rights options, production and distribution contracts, and agreements for agency representation, creative collaborations, consulting services, acquisition of underlying rights and commissions of new works. Mr. Schmerler also provides counsel with respect to celebrity endorsements, merchandising and character licensing. He regularly advises clients on copyright, defamation, rights of privacy and publicity, and guild and union matters.