CATHIE SAADEH | ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY

From development to distribution, helping storytellers bring their projects to life.

CATHIE SAADEH | ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY

From development to distribution, helping storytellers bring their projects to life.

INTRODUCTION

I’m Cathie, and this is my story.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved a good story — I was the kid leaving the library with a teetering stack of books, the one who had already seen every movie at the theater.

Stories are powerful. Whether told through a book, film, painting, or song, stories allow us to step into a different life, a different time, a different world. They educate us, entertain us, and change us. The best ones carry us away.

Simply put, I am an attorney who supports storytellers. Through my law practice, I work with filmmakers, producers, production companies, and creative businesses on a wide range of contract, intellectual property, and business law matters. Whether it be setting up a new company, negotiating an agreement for underlying rights, or talking through potential options to handle a sticky situation, I help my clients protect their work, navigate and overcome challenges, and most importantly, nurture and develop their stories.

Professional Experience

  • Founder and Principal, Saadeh P.C. (2018 – present)
  • Women in Film & Video (President 2020 – 2021; President Ex Officio 2021 – 2023)
  • Adjunct Instructor, American University School of Communications (2021 – 2023)
  • Partner and General Counsel, ACA Compliance Group (2009 – 2018)
  • Journalist, financial services industry (2002 – 2009)
  • Attorney, financial services industry (1994 – 2002)
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (2000 – 2001)

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1994
  • The George Washington University, B.A., 1991

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Virginia

Elevating — and protecting — your story.

You are a filmmaker, a producer, a creative — and like it or not, you are also a business person. Potential collaborators will evaluate not only the strength of your project, but also, whether they feel they can reasonably do business with you.

I enjoy helping filmmakers, producers, production companies, and other creative businesses efficiently meet their commercial and creative objectives.

Legal support from development to distribution:

  • Entity formation and LLC operating agreements
  • Co-production and collaboration agreements
  • Shopping and attachment agreements
  • Above the line, performer, and crew agreements
  • Film finance agreements / SEC Reg D offerings
  • Option agreements
  • Life rights agreements
  • Production legal
  • Clearance reviews
  • Fair use analysis and opinions
  • Sales agent and distribution agreements
  • Outside general counsel support for production companies
A great story is:
unique.
infuriating.
funny.
compelling.
authentic.
challenging.
captivating.
artistic.
inspirational.
thoughtful.
illuminating.
fabulous.
timely.
timeless.
terrifying.
inclusive.
dazzling.
brilliant.
accessible.
original.
life-changing.
intelligent.
 

I am focused on helping every one of my clients achieve professional success so they can continue creating great stories for all of us to enjoy.

CATHIE SAADEH

CONTACT

Let’s get your story out there.

Reach out using the form below, or call / text Cathie at (301) 842-6020.





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    CONTACT

    Let’s get your story out there.

    Reach out using the form below, or call / text Cathie at (301) 842-6020.





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      (301) 842-6020

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