Our team members have a variety of in-house backgrounds and hands-on experience in motion picture production and financing. We are intimately familiar with the needs of our clients, and are sensitive to the considerations they face when hiring outside professionals. We are proud of the level of expertise our attorneys bring to the negotiation and closing of deals.
Rob McEntegart has over 20 years of experience in the business and legal affairs of motion picture, television and digital content production and exploitation, specializing in the business affairs of development, production, financing and distribution for theatrical motion pictures. Rob served as Senior Executive Vice President, Motion Picture Group for Lionsgate during the development, production and release of THE HUNGER GAMES, and was responsible for overseeing the film division’s business and legal affairs. Prior to Lionsgate, Rob was Executive Vice President, Business Affairs for Mandate Pictures (JUNO, THIS IS THE END, HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE) and its joint venture with Sam Raimi, Ghost House Pictures (THE GRUDGE, BOOGEYMAN). At Mandate he was responsible for development and production business and legal affairs, and negotiated domestic distribution deals with Universal, New Line, Fox Searchlight, Miramax, Summit and a four picture deal with Sony.

Rob has proven expertise with deals for rights, talent, production personnel, and financing and distribution of entertainment content, especially feature films, with a particular emphasis on the presales model. He has negotiated on behalf of producers and leading content companies for the services of major talent, for the acquisition of rights to screenplays, fiction and non-fiction books, comic books, video games, remake rights and life story rights, as well as for domestic distribution of features (both seller side and buyer side) and foreign sales. Rob has been the architect of complex rights and talent deal structures and profit participation arrangements designed to suit different business models.

The feature films which Rob has worked on include pictures directed by Ridley Scott, Terrence Malick, Sam Raimi and Woody Allen. In addition to business affairs, his work has included production legal services or supervision of production legal on over 100 productions since 1990. A partial and non-chronological selection from among those many projects includes the following:

PITCH PERFECT (2), HOME ALONE, LINCOLN LAWYER, THE THIN RED LINE, BARTON FINK, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, PRECIOUS, NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST, G.I. JANE, STRANGER THAN FICTION, ADAPTATION, TALES OF THE CITY (tv), THE QUIET AMERICAN, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, ALIEN 3, DIE HARD 2, THE APOSTLE.

Rob has been a speaker at UCLA and Film Independent, focusing on the packaging and financing of feature films, the sales model, and domestic distribution deals.