New York – June 10, 2013 Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (MS&K), one of the premier business and entertainment law firms in the U.S., today announced that Carol M. Kaplan has joined the firm as a Partner in the New York office.

Kaplan was formerly Counsel in the Entertainment Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York.

 “Carol’s experience, running the gamut from legitimate theater, film and TV to new media and book publishing, adds important depth in key New York media and fits well with our already formidable entertainment and music industry practice here,” said Jane Stevens, MS&K’s New York Office Managing Partner.  “Her experience on the client side at MTV Networks is obviously a tremendous plus as well. We’re very pleased that she’s chosen to join us.”

“Besides the obvious synergies on the entertainment side, Carol’s practice in the charitable/not-for-profit sector affords us the opportunity to share our extensive Los Angeles-based capabilities in this area with New York clients,” said MS&K’s Managing Partner Thomas Lambert. “So there are quite a number of us throughout the firm who look forward to working with Carol.”

Kaplan advises not-for-profit theaters whom she counsels on general production, financing and governance matters and has also counseled educational institutions and foundations in connection with numerous transactional and intellectual property matters.

Kaplan’s roster of theater clients also includes first-time and established commercial producers developing and producing new works including major and mini-major studios; content owners licensing rights in proprietary materials including logos, trademarks and  franchise properties for exploitation in the live-stage industry; and playwrights, performers, directors, designers  and established and first-time Broadway investors.

In the film and television field, Kaplan represents independent film and documentary producers, directors, screenwriters and, financiers, and has handled talent deals for news anchors, chefs and other  personalities.  In addition, she has represented licensees of series broadcast rights in other territories.  In the print industry, she has represented individual authors in book publishing deals with major as well as independent presses.

At MTV Networks, Kaplan served as Senior Counsel, Nickelodeon Business and Legal Affairs, from 2004 to 2006. In that capacity, she negotiated agreements and advised the internal client group in connection with development and production contracts for Nickelodeon branded content.

A graduate of New York University School of Law (J.D., Editor-in-Chief of NYU Law Review, Member, Order of the Coif), Yale School of Drama (M.F.A.) and the Universities of Natal and Cape Town (B.A.), Kaplan has written and spoken frequently on entertainment industry topics.

MS&K was founded in 1908 in Los Angeles. The firm opened its New York office in 2008, which now employs 13 attorneys including eight partners.

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