About Us

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Bennett J. Fidlow has been practicing entertainment law at all levels of the industry for over 28 years, specializing in the areas of film, television, home entertainment, Internet & new media, and live theatre.  Mr. Fidlow provides advice to both corporate and individual clients on legal and business matters relating to rights acquisition, development, financing, production, marketing, distribution and other exploitation. His clients include studios, broadcast & cable networks, management & talent agencies, and A-list talent, as well as start-up companies, low-budget indie productions, and individual executives, producers and artists.

Mr. Fidlow is a go-to attorney on studio and indie projects because of his industry experience, contacts, personal attention, practical advice, and reasonable rates.

His name may also sound familiar as it was used for the attorney role in the film Pacific Heights (an inside joke with the film’s writer client).


Sample Clients

Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, MGM, United Artists, Screen Gems, Republic Pictures, Newmarket Entertainment, Franchise Pictures, Mandalay Entertainment, Warner Bros. TV, Fox Family, Disney Channel, USA Cable, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, Universal Home Entertainment, Sony Worldwide Marketing, Playboy Entertainment, Clear Channel Communications, Metropolitan Talent Agency, Polimedia Management, Dave Matthews’ ATO Pictures, John Singleton, Vidal Sassoon, Tom Sizemore, Cloris Leachman, Peter Fonda, writer and producer Daniel Pyne, book authors Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger, David Robbins, Dean King, NFL starter Evan Mathis (with the Eagles), and many other high-profile companies and individuals.

Mr. Fidlow also assisted in the NBC/Vivendi Universal merger, the Sony acquisition of MGM, and in the sale of Miramax by Disney.  He is known for his work on such films as The Score, Hustle & Flow, and Memento.


Education

  • Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA  (B.F.A., Theatre Production)
  • Columbia University, New York, NY  (M.F.A., Theatre Management)
  • Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA  (J.D.)

Professional Affiliations

  • California Bar (1988)
  • Virginia Bar (2004)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association:
  •      Entertainment Section (since 1988)
  •      IP, Internet & New Media Section (Executive Committee 2000–2003)

Awards & Honors

  • U.S. Supreme Court (cited in leading Copyright Law decision CCNV v Reid)
  • Hastings Communications/Entertainment Law Journal (published)
  • Entertainment, Publishing and Arts Law Handbook  (published)
  • ASCAP Nathan Burkan Copyright Writing Competition (Hastings award)
  • Martindale-Hubbell (BV)
  • Who's Who Legal: Entertainment Law (2014 - 2017)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers: Entertainment (2009 - 2017)
  • Leadership Metro Richmond (Servant Leader Award 2011)

Teaching Experience

  • University of Richmond School of Law; Entertainment Law (2006 - 2015)
  • Frequent guest speaker at universities and entertainment industry seminars

Community Involvement

  • Central Virginia Film Office (board)
  • Barksdale Theatre (board)
  • Children’s Museum of Richmond (board)
  • Podium Foundation (inner-city high school literary program) (board)
  • Virginia Film Festival (committee)
  • DC Independent Film Festival (committee)
  • Leadership Metro Richmond