Laura Icken is an entertainment and Internet attorney with almost 20 years of experience. She began her career as a corporate litigator and transactional attorney and transitioned into the entertainment and digital industries through her employment with Fremantle, Yahoo!, Fox and ABC. She was an Associate General Counsel at National Geographic when the company launched the Channels with Fox in 2000.
Ms. Icken’s expertise is in the areas of development, production, distribution, talent representation and marketing, as well as general corporate/litigation law. Her areas of concentration include:
- Television, including Reality (Non-scripted), Semi-scripted and Scripted Programming
- Internet, Video Games and Software
- Copyright, Rights and Intellectual Property
- Options, International Format Licenses and Distribution Agreements
- Talent and Participation Agreements
- General Production Business and Legal Affairs
- Network Transactions (Cable and Broadcast)
- Marketing and Merchandising/Licensing
Ms. Icken began her career in New York and Europe as an associate with Clifford Chance (fka Rogers & Wells) and Shearman and Sterling. She worked in Paris, London and Frankfurt and is fluent in French and German and conversant in Spanish.
Ms. Icken also held positions with the Fox group of companies, including National Geographic, MySpace and FTVS/Foxstar.
Before working with Holmes Weinberg, Ms. Icken was a senior lawyer with Bunim-Murray Productions and acted as counsel on three ABC/Disney in-house reality productions, including a music competition and a medical series.
She was also a Fremantle attorney based in London and Los Angeles, where she was sole in-house counsel at Original Productions, LLC (a FremantleMedia company).
Ms. Icken has acted as counsel on series including: Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Duets, The Glass House, Storage Wars, the Colony, Perfectly Normal, Project Runway, Kardashians, Real World, Real Housewives and the international series Neighbors as well as some game shows. She has also represented studios such as Warner Bros. and Yahoo! in videogame transactions.