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Jill R. Cohen

Chair, Entertainment Transactions Practice
Jill Cohen is experienced in all legal areas of motion picture production, development, distribution, financing, and acquisitions. She represents film and television production companies, motion picture studios, cable networks, completion bond companies, and financial institutions. Jill structures, drafts and negotiates financing agreements; negotiates motion picture and television license agreements; analyzes rights issues; and drafts and negotiates rights agreements. Jill oversees a team of lawyers engaged in production, development, and financing agreements for motion picture and television productions.

Practice Highlights
  • Structure, negotiate and prepare documentation for co-financing transactions
  • Represents a division of a major studio in connection with first-look, slate and output agreements with production companies and distributors
  • Negotiate documentation relating to the financing of motion picture production tax credits
  • Provides advice regarding licensing and commissioning of programming for cable television network
  • Advise U.S. distributors in cross-border motion picture and television co-financing transactions and supervise local counsel in connection therewith  

Prior Experience
  • Partner, Los Angeles/Century City office of Hogan & Hartson LLP. Jill Cohen served as head of the Entertainment Department of Squadron Ellenoff Plesent & Sheinfeld, LLP until that firm's merger with Hogan & Hartson in 2002. Previously, she was a founding partner of an entertainment law boutique, following her extensive experience with law firms in New York and Los Angeles and in-house legal and business affairs positions.
  • Jill's entertainment industry career spans more than 30 years. Prior to law school, she worked in various company and general management positions in the legitimate theater, as an executive of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and with the Motion Picture Association of America.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Bet Tzedek, The House of Justice
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Media & Entertainment: Transactional (California) by Chambers USA, 2010-2017
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Entertainment Law by Best Lawyers, 2010-present
  • Selected to "Super Lawyers," Southern California Thomson Reuters, 2003-2009, 2013-2017
  • Selected to "Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition" in Entertainment and Sports Law, Thomson Reuters, 2009
"She has just seen everything and knows a lot of transactions and is able to deal with all of the minutiae."  -Client Quote, Chambers USA 2017