Richard A. Beyman

Richard A. Beyman

Rip has comprehensive entertainment industry experience in transactions of all types and across all media and platforms. He counsels producer clients in strategic planning and negotiation from rights acquisition through development to financing, production and distribution. He also represents and negotiates agreements on behalf of individual artists and executives. Before joining the firm, Rip served as Senior Counsel at Columbia Pictures.

Rip has been listed annually in Super Lawyers New York Metro editions in the field of Entertainment & Sports, including 2017. He previously served on the Entertainment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and on the law firm advisory board of the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Law Section. Rip co-authored the chapter on licensing intellectual property in Business & Legal Primer for Game Development. Rip currently serves on the Board of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

Representative Work

  • Production counsel including:

- live event and unscripted reality programming;
- music performance specials and series;
- feature films, scripted television and documentaries.

  • Branded entertainment projects for media agencies.
  • Alternative content distribution including live online streaming and satellite theatrical exhibition.
  • Structuring and negotiating television and theatrical motion picture development, production and distribution on behalf of writers, producers and performers. 
  • Corporate entertainment sale, acquisition, joint venture, and merger transactions. 
  • New media/digital exploitation and internet applications including catalog licensing and legal analysis. 
  • Sponsorship and talent endorsements. 
  • Representing authors for book publishing, television and film writing. 
  • Music label representation including production, distribution and artist signings.
  • Representing on-air talent and producers for cable and network news.