Mintz is pleased to share that Member and Co-chair of the firm’s Sports & Entertainment Practice C. Anthony Mulrain has been selected to the National Law Journal’s 2020 list of Sports & Entertainment Law Trailblazers, which recognizes professionals who are agents of change in the legal industry and in sports and entertainment law. Mr. Mulrain was profiled in a special supplement published on October 1.
For nearly two decades, Mr. Mulrain has advised a long and venerable list of creative professionals, including actors, writers, producers, and directors in the motion picture and television businesses, in transactions and work-related agreements, including for projects such as CSI New York, Everybody Hates Chris, Geniuses, Main Event, Survivor’s Remorse, The Real McCoy, The Tyra Banks Show, The Neighborhood, among many others. In addition to traditional entertainment representation, Mr. Mulrain represents his clients in other business pursuits, such as real estate, and has handled a broad range of legal issues for studios, networks, and streaming companies.
In the sports arena, Mr. Mulrain has extensive experience counselling professional athletes in the National Basketball Association, National Football League, and Major League Baseball, representing at least one number one overall draft pick in all three major sports. In his capacity as general counsel to professional athletes and agencies, he has advised on matters related to the agent selection process, player-agent fee disputes, endorsement and sponsorship agreements, licensing agreements, regulatory compliance, and more. In addition to his work for individuals, many of the nation’s most prominent sports agencies have engaged Mr. Mulrain to represent celebrity clients in highly sensitive matters, including pre-draft extortion cases and complex and contentious business disputes with apparel and protective gear companies. He has also advised boxing promoters on television agreements and related sports issues for world championship boxing matches. Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Mulrain is a sought-after speaker on topics such as celebrity and athlete branding, and is involved in MIATTY, Mintz’s affinity group for minority attorneys and senior professionals.
In his Trailblazers profile, the National Law Journal highlighted Mr. Mulrain’s career path, notable celebrity and athlete representations, and future explorations for sports and entertainment law, including in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Mr. Mulrain said that studios need to pivot in creating content while protecting actors’ safety: “The reaction to COVID-19 will include more programming in animation, which can be produced with voice-overs from actors without visiting studios. Traditional Television is far from dead, but animation productions necessarily will become more prominent.”