Entertainment & Media Transactions
Funderburg Law is an Atlanta based boutique transactional law firm that focuses on entertainment law, business law and estate planning law. We bring excellence, professionalism, integrity, and humility to every issue presented. Our philosophy for success is providing individualized service, coupled with high quality work product, completed on time, and always with the client’s overall vision in mind. We are very passionate about everything we do, and we utilize that same passion to help our clients achieve their goals. At Funderburg Law, we root for the underdogs. Because of our love for the creatives and the indie scene, we work tirelessly to ensure our “indie” clients receive “major” quality services. Our firm has served as the legal production attorney for various independent films starring actors: Kevin Hart, Big Boy, Jameel Saleem, Deitrick Haddon, Robert Ri’chard, Barry Floyd, Golden Brooks, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Vanessa Bell Calloway, to name a few. We’ve negotiated deals with all of major record labels and many of their subsidiaries as well as small, mid-sized and large independent record labels and publishing companies. Our current client roster includes the “Savior of R&B” recording artist “Sammie”, Billboard ranked producers, as well as other artists, songwriters and talent. We also represent various types of small businesses, independent production companies, record labels and publishing companies. Because the entertainment industry and managing our client’s entertainment careers is a business in and of itself, it was only a matter of time before our practice expanded into the realm of business law. We assist various types of small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, applying some of the same principles we employ with our entertainment law clients. Our estate planning practice grew out of our founder’s love and care for her immediate family and the black community as a whole. We strive to dispel the myths associated with estate planning – the most common being that estate planning is reserved for the wealthy or the elderly. Our goal is to educate the community on the importance of estate planning, by making the necessary counsel and documentation available, regardless of income, education, age or familial status.
- 2015 State Bar of Georgia
- 2010 State Bar of California
- Corporations - Cali for Excellence for the Future Award - 2009
- Copyrights - Cali for Excellence for the Future Award - 2008
- Wills, Trusts and Estates - Cali for Excellence for the Future Award - 2008
- Music Business Empowerment Conference Panelist, 2016
- Ask Music Lawyer Business of Music Summit, 2018
- A3C Festival and Conference Panelist, 2018
I tell my clients all the time that a Last Will and Testament is an estate planning tool of last recourse. It’s really what you should use just in case your other estate planning tools fail. One should not rely upon it as their main source of distributing their estate. But if you do have one, make sure it’s drafted to avoid these mistakes.
I don’t know what’s with Donnie and his insistence on playing music at his rallies by artists who are not too fond of him or his version of politics.
Don’t just talk about it, be about it. You say you’re serious about a career in the entertainment industry, well then, put your money where your mouth is. And let’s get it done.
Did you know that business succession planning is a part of estate planning? A business succession plan can be looked at like a retirement plan for entrepreneurs. You don't want to work until the day you die, but you also don't want your business to cease to exist simply because you no longer run it. This is where the business succession plan comes into play.
A quick DIY checklist for setting up your entertainment business!