Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney Mitra Ahouraian launched her legal career by developing a foundation in Business Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Corporate Law, before branching off into Entertainment. With degrees from bothUCLA and Loyola Law School, and a specialty from UCLA in Entertainment Studies with an emphasis in Business and Legal Affairs for Film, Ms. Ahouraian has worked in legal affairs at MTV, has worked on the merger of 2 major record labels, and has been of-counsel to several high-profile copyright infringement cases involving artists and major studios and record companies. Her entertainment practice specializes in film and entertainment financing, negotiating and structuring artist and production deals, and all Intellectual Property matters, including rights clearance, licensing, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Ms. Ahouraian has extensive experience in film, music, and books, and served as General Counsel to independent book and audio book publisher Phoenix Books (and subsidiary companies Phoenix Books and Audio, Inc, Dove Books, and Phoenix Books and Film), wherein she negotiated and drafted hundreds of book and audio book publishing agreements and other agreements pertaining to titles which include Larry King’s My Remarkable Journey, Carl Reiner’s most recent books, Bill Maher’s audio books, and books by Governor Rod Blagojevich, CNN host Jim Moret, and Gene Simmons.
Ms. Ahouraian’s recent film experience includes film finance and production legal for the up and coming film Girl Soldier, starring Uma Thurman (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118041835). Mitra’s film practice specializes in intellectual property, film finance, and corporate law and production finance advising on all aspects of motion picture and television development, financing, production and distribution, including state and federal (Section 181 of the U.S. Tax Code) tax incentives. She represents actors, writers, directors, producers, financiers and lenders. Her film finance practice works closely with boutique bi-coastal entertainment law firm Bezdek Law, whose principal clients have included Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures, Miramax Films, Warner Bros. Pictures, Endemol Group B.V., Fallbrook Credit Finance and an array of independent producers for whom they have advised the structuring and allocation of over 1 billion USD (into films including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Core, The Fighting Temptations, Marci X, Looney Tunes Back in Action!, Malibu’sMost Wanted, Paycheck, among others).
Mitra is also on the board of the Bel Air Film Festival and produces, organizes, and moderates a highly acclaimed film panel for the festival each year. A description of last year’s panel was covered by The Huffington Post and can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-sterling/want-to-break-through-get_b_763388.html