Dean Sheldon Serwin


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Dean Sheldon Serwin

A graduate of UCLA Law School who began his practice of law in 1990, Dean Sheldon Serwin works primarily in the entertainment industry. His experience prior to establishing his private practice included working for a sole practitioner with several platinum artists, as head of legal for a film and TV production and distribution, the Director's Guild of America, BMI and Capitol Records. Dean has lectured extensively for groups ranging from Art Center film students to Harvard MBA’s and from California Lawyers for the Arts conferences to The Learning Annex. Dean's Hollywood, CA based solo law...

Areas of Practice

Dean Serwin serves clients in all areas of the music, film, video, TV, internet and distribution businesses including record labels; music publishers; recordings artists; songwriters; music, television and film producers; managers; television, film and internet production and distribution companies; business executives and consultants; authors, clothing companies, as well as others involved within the entertainment industry.


Music related aspects and issues permeate nearly every aspect of Dean’s legal practice. Dean’s legal clients work in all aspects of the music industry, including talent ... labels, publishers, music libraries … and pretty much anyone or anything else ...


Dean has handled virtually every kind of IP license and sales one can imagine, from simple licenses of music for compilations or synch uses, to licenses of trademark rights, to sales of catalogs of content ... and complex settlements...


There is an almost never ending array of projects touching on audio-visual projects and the people and companies which create, market and distribute them and Dean has experience with many of them, including with the entertainment guilds and unions ...


Early experience with internet content creators and website designers led to working with everything from online music licensing services, to reward based video and artist interaction sites, to social media influencers ...


Dean also represents photographers, fine artists, production designers, motivational speakers, authors, clothing designers, among others ... need to create business entities, enter into agreements with each other, and buy, sell and license things ...