Representations

Listed below are examples of assignments that Mr. Doner has handled.

Finance

Mr. Doner has represented:

  • A mezzanine lender in financing of Academy Award winner for Best Motion Picture
  • Purchaser of revenue participation in well-known film library
  • A major international bank in workout of non-performing film loan portfolio
  • Investor in multiparty financing of film shot in Mexico using local incentives
  • A creditor in enforcement of security interest and sale of collateral

Distribution

Mr. Doner has represented:

  • Independent film distributor in setting up home entertainment distribution with a major film studio
  • European multi-territory distributor in numerous co-financing agreements
  • Sales agent in preparing suite of binding short forms for use at film markets
  • Successor distributor in takeover of distribution rights in completed motion picture

Development and Complex Rights

Mr. Doner has represented:

  • Major independent in acquisition of film rights in iconic book series
  • Bestselling British author in set-up of action book franchise for episodic television
  • Various parties in motion picture remake licenses
  • Major international publisher in licensing of motion picture rights to superhero properties
  • Major independent in purchase from bankruptcy estate of remake and sequel rights to hit movies

Production

Mr. Doner has been involved in numerous specialized production matters including:

  • Location agreement with commission overseeing Niagara Falls for photography of stunt in IMAX film
  • Extended after-hours location shoot in historic department store during construction of multi-story condominium
  • Placement of essential element risk for ailing above title film director

Television

Mr. Doner has represented:

  • Top tier producers in series set ups with numerous networks
  • Motion picture director in pilot episode agreement
  • Producers as well as subjects in various reality series agreements
  • Owner of well-known reality show format in defense of format infringement claims

Animation

Mr. Doner has represented:

  • Animation studios in numerous development agreements
  • Rights holder in development of animation project based on illustrated children’s book by superstar musician

Arbitration

Mr. Doner has served as:

  • Arbitrator in numerous film licensing disputes under auspices of Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) Arbitration
  • Litigation counsel in IFTA and AAA arbitrations

Copyright

Mr. Doner has represented:

  • Numerous bestselling authors in statutory copyright terminations
  • Film company in rights analysis of screenplay dramatizing the life story of major literary figure
  • Estate of prolific science fiction writer in assertion of Rear Window rights

Miscellaneous

Mr. Doner has served as:

  • Entertainment specialist in divorce of high-profile husband/wife creative team
  • Expert witness on revenue participation in accounting lawsuit involving Academy Award winning film franchise
  • Producer’s rep for award-winning filmmaker
  • Advisor in adjustment of film production losses caused by 9/11 attack