ENTERTAINMENT AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • FILM FINANCE
    PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
    TALENT REPRESENTATION
    SALES AGENT ACTIVITIES
    WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS AND DISTRIBUTION
    POST PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY
    SOUNDTRACK / COMPOSER / MUSIC LICENSES
    BOOK PUBLISHING / ENDORSEMENT
    IFTA ARBITRATIONS / EXPERT WITNESS
    MINOR RATIFICATIONS
    CORPORATE / EMPLOYMENT

Alana is a seasoned business affairs executive and entertainment lawyer with over 17 years of experience in structuring, negotiating and drafting complex and sophisticated transactions.

After working in-house for a variety of leading motion picture and television companies, Alana launched her entertainment law practice in January 2011.  In a brief period of time, her practice organically developed into a successful and reliable outside business and legal resource for some of the industry's most well-respected, veteran film financiers, producers, distributors, sales agents, key talent, in-house executives and prominent entertainment law firms.

She prides herself on providing quality and practical business and legal affairs services to all sectors of the entertainment community.  Her scope and breadth of legal skills are varied as she can easily maneuver between transactional work to the litigious side of the business.  She has had tremendous success obtaining IFTA Arbitration Awards on behalf her clients and collecting payments in full vís a vís collaboration with foreign, local counsel.  She is also an active, integral member and draftswoman for the IFTA Legal Committee.

Prior to starting her own firm, Alana managed the Business & Legal Affairs Department of IM Global during its initial 3 successful years and helped catapult the company into one of the most prolific and celebrated film financiers, producers and distributors in the independent film world.  During her tenure at IM Global, she oversaw all aspects of the company's business and legal activity including, handling all film finance, production, sales and distribution matters, managing a team of professionals, counseling all in-house departments such as sales, marketing, publicity and physical delivery, and strategizing with outside counsel on all corporate, litigation and trademark/copyright matters.

In September 2005, Alana joined First Look Studios and was quickly promoted to Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs.  Prior to First Look Studios, she held positions at CBS Broadcast Television as a senior business affairs executive and at Trimark Pictures.  Alana began her career as a criminal defense lawyer working for a Los Angeles-based law firm.

Alana was born in Los Angeles, California, and educated at Whittier College of Law where she received a J.D. and the University of California at Los Angeles where she received a B.A. in English Literature.  She currently resides in Beverly Hills with her husband and daughter, and she continues to pursue her 30+ year commitment to training in and teaching Tae Kwon Do to martial artists of all ages.