Marc Simon is an experienced entertainment attorney who represents film and television companies, financiers, producers, directors, writers, talent and other content providers, in addition to representing clients in the digital, gaming and new media spaces. He has served as production counsel on numerous films, handled complex negotiating and transactional matters on behalf of his diverse clientele, and has functioned as a producer’s sales representative. Marc advises clients on financing, copyright clearance (including fair use matters), intellectual property acquisitions, start-up ventures, all above-the-line agreements, co-production and sales and distribution agreements. He also has experience in all areas of commercial litigation, including securities, employment, real property and entertainment matters. Notable projects include handling all legal matters for the spy-action thriller November Man, the financing, production and/or distribution negotiations for the Best Picture Academy Award nominees Winter’s Bone and The Kids Are All Right, as well as all distribution matters for Werner Herzog’s Caves of Forgotten Dreams and Into The Abyss, as well as for Muscle Shoals and Upstream Color and all matters for God’s Pocket, Robot and Frank, First Position and Side By Side. His practice is uniquely informed by his personal involvement in the entertainment industry. Marc developed, wrote and produced the award-winning feature-length documentary film After Innocence, which profiles the courageous stories of the exonerated, innocent men, wrongfully-convicted, who are now fighting to succeed in society after DNA evidence cleared them of crimes for which they spent decades in prison. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was a semi-finalist for the Best Feature Documentary at the 78th Academy Awards. Marc also directed and produced the acclaimed and award-winning feature documentaries Nursery University which was released in Spring of 2009, and Unraveled which was released in 2012.
Marc is a frequent lecturer and has spoken before the New York City and county Bar Associations, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Tufts University, Lafayette University, the William and Mary School of Law, New York University and Kean University, among many others.
- Dreier LLP
- Loeb & Loeb LLP
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
- Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, Member
- University of Pennsylvania, BA, magna cum laude
- “Vertical Integration and Self-Dealing in the Television Industry Should Profit Participants be Owed a Fiduciary Duty?”
- “New York Metro Super Lawyer,”Super Lawyers, 2015
- “New York Metro Rising Star,” Super Lawyers, 2014