4:52pm PT by THR staff
New York-based Entertainment Law Firm Launches
In perhaps a sign the indie film market has rebounded a bit, a new law firm has launched in New York catering to the film, television, and new media production financing and distribution market. Three attorneys have formed Bruns Brennan & Berry, to be colloquially known as 3BLaw.
Emerson Bruns, Paul Brennan, and Hamish Berry have announced they are teaming together after collectively spending more than forty years providing counsel on some big indie hits.
Bruns who practiced law as managing partner of his eponymous firm and spent time as of counsel to Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz, has served as counsel on such features as Mother and Child, happythankyoumoreplease, The Station Agent, Transamerica, Thirteen, Laurel Canyon, The Believer, and Sling Blade.
Brennan spent 15 years at Sloss Eckhouse Brennan Law Co LLP narrative and documentary features, including The Tempest, Somewhere, I’m Not There, Far From Heaven, Cadillac Records, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and Super Size Me and negotiated distribution agreements for films such as Napoleon Dynamite, Precious and The Kids Are All Right.
Berry worked at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C. until recently where he served as production counsel to many independent films, including Be Kind Rewind, Sleepwalking, Synecdoche NY, Harold & Kumar 2, Adventureland, Spread, Cold Souls, Everybody’s Fine and The Extra Man.
In making their announcement, the new team pointed to its hope for a strong indie film sector. "The robust 2011 Sundance Film Festival provided an encouraging back drop for the launch of Bruns Brennan Berry and the success experienced by firm clients with festival favorites such as Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and George Ratliff’s Salvation Boulevard highlights the strength of the new association.”