LAW OFFICE OF
QUINCY C. NEWELL
A Los Angeles based transactional law firm providing counsel to individuals and companies throughout the entertainment and media industry.
ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA
We understand the complexities and nuances of the entertainment businesses and we are zealous, devoted and focused advocates for our clients. We have extensive experience in the entertainment industry and we regularly advise our clients on all aspects of the life cycle of their projects, from development through production and, ultimately, sales and distribution, with an emphasis on client-centered, practical solutions to a wide array of legal and business issues.
We provide entertainment law services to musicians, singers, songwriters, actors, comedians, models, entertainers, artists and filmmakers in the music, film and media industries including:
• Contract negotiation and drafting
• Intellectual Property exploitation
• Employment negotiation
• Structuring business entities
• Advising on business solutions
• Compensation issues
Throughout the life of your business, numerous issues related to corporate formation, operations and governance will arise. Our team has significant experience guiding managers, founders and owners through every phase of business, from initial startup and raising capital to acquisitions and mergers. Each of these phases come with distinct legal challenges that require the knowledge of a skilled attorney. We understand the intricacies of negotiations of all kinds, including:
• Operating agreements
• Shareholder agreements
• Partnership agreements
• Licensing arrangements
• Restructuring agreements
Intellectual property transactions, such as contracts, agreements and disputes, can quickly become complex. We offer comprehensive legal service to individuals and companies of all sizes in the media and television, theater, music, film and publishing industries. Quincy Newell has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating contracts of all kinds, including:
• Distribution contracts
• Transaction contracts
• Rights Licensing deals
DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION
We handle the full complement of entertainment transactions, including acquisition and development of intellectual properties, negotiation and drafting of the complete array of deals related to production of film, television, and new media properties.
We guide our clients through the myriad legal issues they encounter with studios, networks, production companies and agencies throughout their careers.
Working closely with a client’s other professional advisors on all matters, we evaluate, structure and negotiate services and rights agreements, first look and overall deals, commercial endorsements, sponsorships, merchandising and licensing agreements.
My vision is to provide our clients with skilled legal advice in a timely and competent manner. I strive to handle each matter with accountability and responsiveness, as if I were representing my own family ... Your interests are my top priority.
My vision reflects my core values: integrity, service, excellence and trust.
Using my in-depth industry knowledge, exemplary negotiation skills, and strong relationships, I am committed to providing my clients with the guidance and advocacy they need to succeed.
Mr. Newell’s career in the entertainment and media business spans over 30 years. Newell has held senior-level posts at a variety of independent and mainstream film and music companies and has been involved in the production and marketing of some of urban entertainment’s most notable properties. In 2001, Newell helped to launch UrbanWorks Entertainment as an independent video distributor and lead its growth into becoming the #1 independent producer and distributor of urban home video, generating more than $200 million in revenues under his leadership.
In January 2006, Newell co-founded Codeblack Entertainment and served as its General Manager until March 2012. While at Codeblack Entertainment Newell directly managed the release of over 50 titles including such notables as KEVIN HART’S independent box-office hit “LAUGH AT MY PAIN”, where Newell was also responsible for overseeing all facets of the production and creative direction for the film and its release, and T.D. Jakes’ “WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED: ON THE 7TH DAY”, where Newell also served as Producer. Newell was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his role as Producer on T.D. Jakes’ WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED: ON THE 7TH DAY”.
In 2008, Newell joined forces with Rhino Entertainment founder Richard Foos and Hollywood trailblazer Robert Townsend to produce the documentary film “WHY WE LAUGH: BLACK COMEDIANS ON BLACK COMEDY”. “Why We Laugh” went on to become an official selection of the 2009 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL and premiered on the SHOWTIME network in 2010. Newell served as writer and Producer.
In 2012, Newell was tapped by Lionsgate to oversee operations for its new venture (through its acquisition of the company) Codeblack Films as its EVP & General Manager. Within the first 12-months, Codeblack Films released the follow-up hit from superstar comedian and actor Kevin Hart “LET ME EXPLAIN” which went on to generate over $32- million at the box-office. Newell served as the film’s Executive Producer. Following closely was the theatrical release of Shola Lynch’s 2013 NAACP Image Award winner “FREE ANGELA and ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS”, George Tillman Jr. and Alicia Keyes’ critically acclaimed and NAACP Image Award nominated “THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE” starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, the independent thriller “REPENTANCE”, starring Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan, and the Golden Globe nominated film “FRANKIE & ALICE” starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry. Newell directly developed and managed all theatrical campaigns for Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films.
In June of 2017, Newell added author to his resume and released his first book, "INSIGHTS: If Boys Never Learn, Men Won't Know" with the goal of offering words of mentorship to young men of color seeking guidance in their lives. Most recently, Newell served as Executive Producer of the short form digital series “COMEDIANS & COCKTAILS” and “TRUTH TO POWER” as well as the feature length action drama “BLOOD BROTHER” starring Trey Songz, China McClain and Jack Kesy. Blood Brother was a co-production with WWE Entertainment. The film was theatrically released by Lionsgate in November of 2018.
In 2018, Newell provided strategic business advisement to Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi’s prolific production company Significant Productions and is currently providing business advisory services to Robert Alonzo’s Dynamic Action Design (www.dynamicactiondesign.com) in addition to his start up production shingle Shadow Bandit Entertainment, The Cato Project, Inc., Chocolate Chip Media, Inc., the estate of rock & roll trailblazer Richard "Little Richard" Penniman, and the estate of prolific figurative artist Ernie Barnes.
Newell loves to surf, is a recreational triathlete, a producer, a college professor, a husband and a dad to four great kids. Newell has a passion for mentorship and can often be found with his nose in some sort of how to book on the weekends.
Mr. Newell is a member of the Langston Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Producer’s Guild of America. Newell also sits on the Board of Directors of OTT.X. Newell was admitted to the California State Bar in October 2020. Mr. Newell earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, where he is also a board member, and was awarded the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2018. Mr. Newell also earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law in Los Angeles, CA.
In his spare time, Mr. Newell serves as a part-time Adjunct Professor at Santa Monica College’s Academy of Entertainment & Technology, in Santa Monica, CA, and Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School, in Malibu, CA.