Hollywood Law Impact List
Firm: Nelson Felker Toczek Davis
The practice: Founded by Nelson and Felker 14 years ago, this eight-person firm is one of the smallest but most exclusive companies in town. In fact, Nelson says that he turns down half of its prospective clients.
The firm has a reputation for repping key figures in some of the most groundbreaking franchise deals in movie and TV history. Nelson negotiated Peter Jackson’s deals on “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “King Kong,” director Andrew Adamson’s deal on “The Chronicles of Narnia” and David Duchovny’s “X Files” pact (unprecedented because Duchovny received gross participation even though he didn’t develop the property).
Felker handled the renegotiation of “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal’s contract on that series, as well as Orlando Bloom’s deals for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
Nelson says his firm’s expertise lies in knowing “how to make deals for multiple films and recurring revenue streams. You have to be forward-thinking when you’re negotiating for films or series that may become franchises,” he says. “You want as much control as possible for the creative talent and the ability for them to remain attached (to future films) if they choose, and to participate in all revenues.”
POV: “Everyone is entitled to have an ideal vision of what they would like their career to be; my job is to help them, in a business way, to get there,” Felker says.