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Media, Entertainment And Intellectual Property

Clients who rely on Peter Skolnik’s counseling and litigation services span the gamut of media and entertainment industry segments. Peter meets their needs with the experience built through decades as a litigator and professor of publishing and international copyright law. His prior careers in theater, film, television, and as a literary agent further inform his approach to entertainment counseling, transactions and litigation.

Regularly recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for his First Amendment expertise, Peter identifies and applies aggressive strategies in defending lawsuits challenging the media’s “speech” – with the goal of avoiding protracted battles. By obtaining court-ordered dismissals or convincing adversaries to withdraw voluntarily, Peter has achieved a highly successful track record defending defamation and invasion of privacy suits brought against his media clients. Those results secured his repeated inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers in First Amendment and media law.

See examples of media, entertainment and IP matters Mr. Skolnik has handled.

As a critical component of his approach to media defense, Peter helps his media clients steer clear of litigation at the outset by providing pre-publication/pre-broadcast review and counseling. His aim is to identify genuine dangers without unnecessarily sacrificing First Amendment rights; he works with media clients to minimize the likelihood of suit while preserving their rights to engage in the fullest possible measure of constitutionally-protected speech.

Entertainment Practice

Peter brings decades of both professional and legal experience to negotiating and drafting entertainment industry agreements, and to litigating and arbitrating entertainment disputes with an in-depth experiential understanding of his entertainment clients’ business and creative realities.

Peter has negotiated and drafted virtually every conceivable form of license for domestic and international rights in literary material. Using his industry-based experience of the actual day-to-day workings in various entertainment segments, and his expertise in the intellectual property law that buttresses much of the work of those engaged in the performing arts, Peter skillfully navigates the transactional waters that set creative enterprises afloat, and he applies an insider’s knowledge to successfully litigating entertainment disputes on behalf of producers, filmmakers, show-runners, actors and other creators.

Media Practice

Peter chairs the New Jersey Media Lawyers Association (“NJMLA”) and is the former Chair of the State Bar Association’s Media Law Committee. He is a long-time member of the Media Law Resource Center’s (“MLRC”) Defense Counsel Section and represents broadcasters, newspaper, magazine and internet publishers, as well as filmmakers, not-for-profit interest groups, and individual authors.

Peter has repeatedly won motions to dismiss or for summary judgment in defense of defamation and invasion of privacy litigation for media companies ranging in size from local weekly newspapers to the nation’s largest network- and cable-TV broadcasters.

Comprehensive Legal Services

Peter Skolnik and the  Clark Guldin firm serve businesses and individuals in the media and entertainment sector in New York, New Jersey and nationwide.


  • Defamation defense
  • Invasion of privacy defense
  • First Amendment rights
  • Copyright and trademark infringement
  • Idea submission and ownership
  • Talent/management disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Access to courts for televising proceedings


  • Pre-publication/pre-broadcast review
  • Libel readings
  • Shield law/reporters’ privilege counseling
  • Copyright/trademark ownership, registration, and enforcement
  • Internet safe harbors
  • International copyright issues
  • International trademark issues


  • Rights acquisition and licensing agreements
  • Production agreements
  • Domestic and foreign publishing licenses
  • Performance rights licenses to literary materials
  • Collaboration and ghostwriter agreements
  • Book distribution agreements
  • Author-agent agreements
  • Sales of publishing assets

Experienced Counsel In Your Corner

To discuss your matter with attorney Peter Skolnik, call 973.707.5346 or email us.