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Steven C. Beer

Steven concentrates his practice on film, television and music matters.  He represents industry-leading film production, film finance and film distribution companies and has acted as counsel to numerous award-winning writers, directors, producers, and multi-platinum musical artists.

He has been listed annually as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of Entertainment and Sports, since the 2006 edition of "Super Lawyers/New York Metro Edition", ranking him among the top 5% of attorneys in New York State.  According to the magazine, this selection was based on an independent survey of 59,000 lawyers and an evaluation by a "blue ribbon panel of preeminent peers" in each area of practice.  Also, Research and Markets listed him as one of the top lawyers in Entertainment Law, Settlements and Negotiations, and he was cited in The Wrap online magazine as one of "21 Great Thinkers of Indie Film."

Steven regularly attends major film festivals -- including Cannes, Sundance, South by Southwest and Tribeca -- where he has negotiated distribution rights deals for many independent  films .  He also has acted as executive producer for independent films,  in addition to acting as distribution counsel.

He frequently writes and lectures about issues related to film finance production and distribution. In 2012,  his article "The New Renaissance Paradigm - A Break-through Time For Artists" was published in the inaugural edition of the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law and his article "Life After Sundance: Distribution and Marketing for the 99 Percent" was published in Indiewire.  Each January   at the Sundance Film Festival, in conjunction with the New York State Film Office, Steven programs and moderates panels for filmmakers, producers and financiers.

Before joining FWRV, Steven practiced as a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, LLP from 2003-2012, and was a founding partner of Rudolph & Beer. LLP where he practiced from 1993-2003.

Steven received his B.A. with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis in 1981. After working as a Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Arlen Specter from 1981-1983, Steven received his J.D. from The Villanova University School of Law, in 1986 where he was named to the Villanova Law Review.

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