Schuyler M. Moore is a partner in the corporate entertainment department of Stroock, practicing entertainment, corporate, and tax law. Mr. Moore has been practicing in the entertainment industry since 1981, and represents a broad spectrum of clients throughout the entertainment industry, including producers, sales agents, foreign distributors and financiers, and has handled some of the largest financing transactions in Hollywood.

Mr. Moore has been a mainstay on Hollywood Reporter's "Power Lawyers" list of the top 100 entertainment lawyers in the country, having been honored multiple times over the past few years. He has also been recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal and named one of the National Law Journal's "Most Influential Lawyers." Additionally, he has been consistently listed as one of the top 25 entertainment lawyers by Variety.


Mr. Moore has represented:
  • China Film Group (the largest Chinese theatrical distribution company and state owned) and Pegasus in connection with the acquisition of two high profile U.S. film projects.
  • A Greek fund called Hercules in connection with its investment in a film titled "Mena," starring Tom Cruise.
  • Hunan Group on the largest Chinese investment in Hollywood to date – a multi-year slate financing with Lions Gate.
  • One of the lead investors in Ratpac-Dune slate financing with Warner Brothers.
  • Oliver Stone and long-time producing partner Moritz Borman producing a film based on Edward Snowden.
  • Virgo Capital on the acquisition of Millennium Entertainment from Nu Image.
  • Exclusive Media in connection with $100 million of film production financing.
  • Toho-Towa, Kadokawa, and Lotte on their investment in Hemisphere, a $250 million slate financing transaction for large budget studio films, including Tin Tin, Men in Black III and Smurfs.
  • Tele-Muenchen in connection with a number of studio output deals.
  • Reliance on its funding of DreamWorks in an $850 million transaction.
  • Hyde Park Entertainment on its $100 million financing transaction with ImageNation.
  • Cyrte on its acquisitions of Spitfire and Newmarket.
  • Aramid Entertainment on over $200 million of film financing transactions.
  • Morgan Freeman on investments in high-tech companies, including ClickStar (a VOD company) and Digiboo (a digital kiosk company).
  • Summit Entertainment on a transaction that converted it from a foreign sales agent into a domestic distributor with over $500 million of financing.
  • UTV on its investments in a number of studio films.
  • Producers of Goal!, a $100 million trilogy of soccer films financed by a novel approach of equity investment from advertisers (in this case, Adidas).


  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1 − Media & Entertainment: Transactional)
  • Recognized in Variety's annual "Dealmakers Impact Report"
  • Recognized in Variety's annual "Legal Impact Report"
  • Named to Hollywood Reporter's "Top 100 Power Lawyers" list
  • Selected by the Daily Journal as one of the top 50 entertainment lawyers in California
  • Listed as one of the top 100 California lawyers by the Daily Journal
  • Named one of the National Law Journal's Most Influential Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Super Lawyers


  • Speaker, "The Business and Legal Reality of Virtual Reality, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section," Beverly Hills, CA, July 12, 2017
  • Panelist, "Global Strategies: Advising Clients with Ever Growing International Ties," Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Professional Advisory Network Luncheon, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
  • Panelist, "Valuing and Financing Entertainment Content: Movies, Television and Online Video, From VC & Equity to Crowdfunding," Digital Hollywood 2016 Spring Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
  • Panelist, "Investing in China's Film Industry," Association of Film Commissioners International, Los Angeles, CA, 2016 
  • Moderator, "Chinawood – Chinese Investment in Hollywood," Fortieth Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
  • Speaker, "Valuing and Financing Entertainment Content: Movies, Television and Online Video, From VC & Equity to Crowdfunding," The Digital Hollywood Experience’s 2015 Fall Conference, Marina del Ray, CA, 2015
  • Speaker, "Navigating Through Evolving Film & TV Finance Structures," Winston Baker's Film Finance Forum China, Shanghai, China, 2015
  • Speaker, "LICENSING: Lights, Camera Action! Licensing Issues in the Film and Television Industry," AIPLA Spring Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 2015
  • Speaker, "Valuing and Financing Entertainment Content: Movies, Television and Online Video, From VC & Equity to Crowdfunding," The Digital Hollywood Experience’s Spring 2015 Conference, Marina del Ray, CA, 2015
  • Speaker, "The Future of Film Distribution," American Intellectual Property Association, 2015
  • Speaker, "Navigating the Capital Stack," and "Chinese Investment in Hollywood," Film Finance Forum, 2015
  • Speaker, "Financing Content in a Disintermediated World," UCLA Entertainment Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Year in Review," "Crowdfunding," and "FATCA Withholding,"  Beverly Hills Bar, Beverly Hills, CA, 2014
  • Panelist, "Entertainment Industry Tax Update," CalCPA Entertainment Industry Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
  • Panelist, "Financing Independent Film: New Business Models," Producer's Guild of America, Produced By Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
  • Panelist, "Bracing for Technology Impact," 5th Annual International Film Finance Forum, Cannes, France, 2014
  • Panelist, "The New Hollywood Equation - Content Owners, Networks, New Platforms, Agents & Commerce," Digital Hollywood, Marina del Rey, CA, 2014
  • Speaker, "Trends and Outlooks for Film Incentives and Programs," AFCI 2014 Locations Show, Los Angeles, CA, 2014


Mr. Moore is the author of various industry publications and is a contributor to Forbes' blog on Entertainment Financing.  Select publications include:

  • The Biz: The Basic Business, Legal, and Financial Aspects of the Film Industry, Silman James Press
  • Taxation of the Entertainment Industry, CCH
  • What They Don't Teach You in Law School, William S. Hein & Co.
  • "The China Chill in Hollywood," Forbes, April 25, 2017
  • "The Legal Reality Of Virtual Reality," Forbes, March 10, 2017
  • "Checklist and Commentary on Right of Publicity Claims," Entertainment Law & Finance, April 2016
  • "Entertainment Bankruptcies," Entertainment Law & Finance, October 2015
  • "California’s Revised Tax Credit for Films," Entertainment Law & Finance, November, 2014
  • "9 technology trends that will change the way you watch movies in 2014," Yahoo News, November 18, 2013
  • "5 Ways Hollywood Can Cut Its Taxes," Hollywood Reporter, May 17, 2013
  • "The Future of Money," Los Angeles Lawyer, May 2013
  • "The Three 3.8% Tax Regimes," Stroock Special Bulletin, January 8, 2013
Quoted in:
  • “Netflix Binge Buying Shifts Deal Work for Hollywood Lawyers,” The Recorder, June 2, 2017
  • "Chinese Companies Return to Cannes – But Will They Bring Their Checkbooks?" The Wrap Magazine, May 2017
  • "Hollywood Deal Lawyers Wrestle With Great Squall of China," The Recorder, May 16, 2017
  • "The Reckoning: Why the Movie Business Is in Big Trouble," Variety, March 27, 2017
  • "Oscar Noms Show Rise in Indie Movies as Studios Pull Back on Adult Dramas," LA Times, February 24, 2017
  • "Chinese Movie Stars Are Seeing Salaries Triple Thanks To China's Hollywood Ambitions," International Business Times, April 21, 2016


California, 1981


J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1981; Order of the Coif

B.A., summa cum laude, University of California - Los Angeles, 1978; Phi Beta Kappa



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