With over thirty-five years experience as an entertainment lawyer, Alexander Murphy Jr. now maintains his principal office in West Chester, Pennsylvania (along with other name individuals in the entertainment industry, located in the scenic Chester County horse-country area) after many years being primarily based in New York City. He is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania and also maintains an affiliate office with fellow entertainment attorney, Peter M. Thall, Esq.
Mr. Murphy’s practice has included entertainment litigation but is now exclusively entertainment business affairs transactions and related matters, including intellectual property. His varied practice encompasses representing major and independent entertainment companies, projects, productions (narrative and documentary) and financiers from development and financing through production, distribution and other forms of exploitation along with individual producers, performers, writers, authors, life story subjects, musicians and other talent throughout the U.S. and internationally, in the motion picture, television, book publishing, theatrical, and music industries.
For those areas of law in which Mr. Murphy does not practice, and for litigation matters, Mr. Murphy maintains a referral network for his clients with other attorneys to further assist them with any other legal needs.
Selected current and former projects and clients include the following:
“The Mighty Macs”, Feature Film, Pat Croce, Executive Producer, Whitney Springer, Producer, Tim Chambers (Solaris Entertainment/“Miracle”), Writer/Director; Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton, Ellen Burstyn, based on the true story of legendary basketball coach, Cathy Rush and the 1972 Immaculata College Women’s national champion basketball team.
“The Mental State”, Feature Film, Matthew Einstein, Ronnee Swenton, Producers, James Camali, Executive Producer/Director, James Camali & Joshua Barclay and Jeremy Anderson, Writers, based on the play of the same name written by Josh Adell.
“It Was the Music", Feature Film (Documentary), Mark Moskowitz, Producer, based on the life-story of two renown backup musicians, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.
Steve Perry (“Lethal Weapon” film series), Producer, Masque Studios Utah, Park City, Utah.
“Bolden”, Feature Film, Michele Tayler, Producer, Dan Pritzker, Writer/Director, Gary Carr, Actor, Original music by Wynton Marsalis, based on the life of cornetist Buddy Bolden (Development services only)
“Au Pair”, Feature Film, Marshall Hamilton, Producer, Gary Mehlman (formerly Paramount Pictures), Producer, Erick Chambers, Screenwriter.
Rodney Smolla, Author, Attorney, Dean of the Delaware Law School, GROUP LIBEL: The Rolling Stone Rape Case, Non-Fiction Book and Feature Film, based on his first-hand experience as a lawyer representing the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at the University of Virginia arising from the article published in Rolling Stone, “A Rape on Campus”; CHARLOTTESVILLE, an in-depth look at all of the events in Charlottesville, VA against the backdrop of a discussion of American culture and law dealing with race and freedom of speech.
Matt Myers, Producer, Feature Films, "See You Yesterday", a Spike Lee Film (Netflix), True Fiction Pictures/Hal Hartley, Director; “Henry Fool”, “Ned Rifle”.
“The Lennon Report”, Feature Film, Rafael Francisco and Gabriel Francisco, Producers, Jeremy Profe, screenwriter, Sirad Balducci, Co-Producer, Actors: Stef Dawson (“Hunger Games”), Evan Jonigkeit (“X-Men”), David Zayas (“Dexter”), Richard Kind (“Argo”), Multiple Film Festival Winner.
"Good Shepherds", Feature Film, Curt Faudon, Producer/Director/Writer, featuring the Vienna Boys Choir with Jane Goodall.
Gerry Eastman, Julius Eastman Life Story Project, based on the life story and music of the famous American composer, pianist, vocalist, and dancer of minimalist tendencies.
"Mayhem Racing" (Demolition Derby Races), Reality TV Show, Steve Perry, Producer, Mav'rick Entertainment Network (MAVTV)
Mark Archer, Producer/Writer/Director, “Inwood Drive”, Documentary Film; “Rialto”, a Feature-length, Docufiction Film; Producer, “In the Company of Men”, Feature Film, (Sundance Film Festival, Filmmakers’ Trophy Award; Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection, Un Certain Regard), Sony Pictures Classics/Alliance Independent Films; “American Reel”; Feature Film, David Carradine, Mariel Hemmingway, Michael Maloney.
“The 16 Minute Man”, Feature Film, Jackie Borock, Scott Weiner, and Damon Feldman, Producers, David Greenberg, Writer, based on the life-story of former boxer and celebrity boxing promoter, Damon Feldman.
Michele Rivoli/Milo Entertainment, Concert Promoter for the first U.S. tour of The Cavern Club Beatles, a Tribute Band, based at the original Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, where The Beatles first performed.
“The Last Hunt”, Feature-length Documentary Film, Damon Sinclair, Director/Producer, Sam Slater, Producer, based on the true story of the iconic Ryan family of Ireland and the world renown “Scarteen Hunt”.
"Celebrity Face-Off", TV Game Show, Steve Perry, Doug Magallon, Producers, Greg Grunberg ("Heroes", "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"), Host.
“It Happened Over Lunch", Feature Film (Documentary), Michael D Ellenbogen and CreativeChaos VMG, Producers, New York Historical Society, Fiscal Sponsor, about the history and the people that made The Four Seasons Restaurant an icon.
"Einstein". Feature Film, Steve Perry, Grace Roeder Oppenheimer, Producers, Basil Moore, Screenwriter, based on the early years of the life of Albert Einstein
J.W. Pepper & Sons, Inc., a Music Retailer.
"The Church", a Feature Film, Dom Frank, Producer/Writer/Director, Paul Irwin, Producer, Clint Howard, Bill Moseley, Ashley C. Williams, Actors.
“Bontoc Eulogy”, Mockumentary, Marlon Fuentes and Bridget Yearen, Directors, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Producer, shown in over sixty separate exhibitions including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American History, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award.
Mary Anne Poatsy, Kendall Martin, Alan Evans, Authors of the book, TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION, Pearson Publishing.
"8 Billion Angels", Feature Film (Documentary), Terry Spahr, Producer, examines the birth of mankind and its inextricable link to nature over millennia and and how the success of humans has quickly and dramatically altered the air we breathe, the land that nourishes, and the waters that sustain us.
“Salvage Yard “Shine” Boys”, Feature Film, Chris Hensel (Jeb Stuart Duke/“The Dukes of Hazzard”, Captain California) Producer/Screenwriter/Director, Jesus Sifuentes, Producer.
“Jamie Marks is Dead”, Feature Film, Counsel for Co-Financier, Alex Orlovsky, Producer, Carter Smith, Director, Actors: Judy Greer, Liv Tyler, Cameron Monaghan, Sundance Film Festival.
Francisco Productions, Sales Agent, "Creedmoria", Feature Film, Alicia Slimmer, Director, Stef Dawson, Ray Abruzzo, Actors.
Estate of Seymour Frank, a Feature Film Producer/Production Company, “The Groove Tube”, and other films (Entertainment Matters Only).
“Beyond Sixty Project”, Feature Film (Documentary), Melissa Davey, Producer/Director, tells the stories of an extraordinary array of women whose lives have spanned six decades or more.
Capt’n Franks/Harvey Hess, a Restaurant, Kitty Hawk, NC (Media Matters Only).
Rich Schwartzman, Author/Photographer, ALONG THE BRANDYWINE
“Leo Moon”, a Musical Group, featuring Greta Hotmer, Taylor Olde
Dan Lyons, Jeff Levy, Producers “Swing”, Feature Film, a true story based on the U.S. Naval Academy 1980 crew team.
"All in Time", Feature Film, Chris Fetchko, Chandra Baird, Producers, Chris Fetchko, Marina Donahue, Writers/Directors, Actors: Sean Modica, Lynn Cohen, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Vanessa Ray, Josh Burrow, Multiple Film Festival Winner
“My Million Dollar Mom”, a Short Film, Ross Schriftman, Producer
Joel Godett, Television Sportscaster.
"Before Someone Gets Hurt", Feature Film, Shane Barbanel, Robert Kravitz, Producers, Shane Barbanel, Director, Shane Barbanel, Brian Herskowitz, Writers, Actors: Michael Welch (“Z Nation”, “The Twilight Saga”), Alexandra Turshen (“Boy Meets Girl”, “Red Oaks”), Will Rogers (“Bridge of Spies”)
“Philadelphia: The Great Experiment: The Floodgates Open (1865-1876)”, a TV Program, Damon Sinclair, Phil Katz, Producers, Sam Katz, Executive Producer, Mark Moskowitz, Director.
Fatima Wallace, Ex-Wife of NBA star, Rasheed Wallace, Author/Book Publishing, WE CAN’T CHANGE THE CARDS WE ARE DEALT, JUST HOW WE PLAY THE HAND.
"Comeback”, Feature Film, based on the life of golfer, Skip Alexander, Christy Viviano, Producer/Screenwriter.
"The Hammer", Feature Film (Documentary), about Jason "The Hammer" Lane during the non-stop bicycle race, The Race Across America; Scott Hornsby, Director, Kate Hovey, Associate Producer.
Damon Sinclair, Film and TV Producer/Director.
Neil Rosen, Film-TV Critic/Journalist, CNN, MSNBC, BBC Radio, formerly on NY1.
“Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?”, Feature Film (Docufiction), Pierette Simpson, Executive Producer, Mike Stoller, Composer, based on the life story of Pierette Simpson and other survivors of the Andrea Doria and its sea rescue in 1956. Multiple Film Festival Winner.
“Salvation”, Feature Film, Joseph Lawless, Producer, based on the life story of Jack Apsche, psychologist and expert witness at the murder trial of serial killer, Gary Heidnik, the real-life inspiration for the Buffalo Bill character in “Silence of the Lambs”.
Banner Promotions, Inc., Promoter of the “Boxcino” boxing championships tournament broadcast on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” program.
“Carolina Low”, Feature Film, Sean Bridgers, Producer/Writer/Actor (“Bones”, “Deadwood”, “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Get Shorty”, “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot”, “The Alienist”), Nick Searcy, Director/Actor (“Legal Action”, “Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer”, “Lethal Weapon” (TV), “Moneyball”, “Hawaii Five-0”),
“The Guitar”, Feature Film, Amy Redford, Director/Producer; Bob Jason, Producer, Amos Poe, Screenwriter, Saffron Burrrows, Actor.
Curt Faudon, Producer/Director/Writer, Vienna Boys Choir TV Programs and Film: “Silk Road”, “Bridging the Gap”, and “Voices Aloft”.
Barbara Mudge/WFE Faith and Family Films, Faith Entertainment On-Demand and Worldwide Film Entertainment.
Tim Clawson, Producer (formerly, The Weinstein Company).
“Connemara Days”, Feature Film, Sir Roger Moore (Deceased), Executive Producer, Paddy McCarney and Chris Patterson (Causeway Pictures), Producers; Kevin Connor, Director, Steve Mayhew, Screenwriter.
HCP SPORTS TV, a Live Television Sports Production Company.
Alex Hammond, Producer, “Children of Haiti”, a Documentary, ITVS/PBS and “Better Than Something: Jay Reatard”, Documentary, “Lucha Mexico”, a Documentary.
The Irish Tenors, Vocal Group.
“Winning Isn’t Everything”, Documentary Film about the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team and head coach, Anson Dorrance; Gorham “Hap” Kindem, Producer, Fox Soccer Channel.
Mark Sensinger, Composer/Orchestrator, “Rat Pack, a Symphonic Celebration”, a Musical Review.
Anson Dorrance, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Tim Crothers author of “The Man Watching”, a biography of Mr. Dorrance, in the sale of the motion pictures rights of the life story and the book.
“Little Girl Lost”, Larry Thompson, Producer; based on the life stories of and counsel for Luzaida Cuevas and Delimar Vera, an award-winning Lifetime Television Movie.
Gary Kauffman/Omniscience Productions, Nominee for Animal Planet Awards for “Yellowstone: Battle for Life”, Outstanding Cinematography Nature.
The Boyd Family, heirs to literary works of F.X. Toole, author of short story, “Million Dollar Baby”, basis of award-winning motion picture.
“Song, Sung Blue”, Documentary, Greg Kohs, Producer, winner of 2008 Slamdance Audience Award and Grand Jury Award.
National Steeplechase Enterprises/National Steeplechase Association.
Peter Cincotti, Recording Artist, Concord Jazz Records; Actor, “Dick Behrke” in “Beyond the Sea”, Lion’s Gate Films.
“One, Two Many”, Feature Film, John Melendez (Stuttering John/Howard Stern Show, Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show, “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here”), Producer, Actor, National Lampoon.
City Lights Pictures/Danny Fisher, “It’s a Dirty Shame”, Feature Film, John Waters, Director/Writer, Producer and Ted Hope/Christine Vachon, Producers.
Daryl Hall and John Oates (“Hall & Oats”), Untitled Theatrical Musical Review.
Christopher Drogoul, life story subject of and key defendant in the Iraqgate scandal.
Mark Moskowitz, Producer: “Stone Reader”, Documentary, Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award Winner, Spirit Award Nominee; “Jericho” Television Series Webisodes; “The Making and Remaking of America’s City: Philadelphia”, Documentary TV Series, Sam Katz, Executive Producer.
“Winterthur Point-to-Point”, Television Special; Hunt Cup Productions, NBCSN.
RuffNation Films/RuffNation Records: “Snipes”, Feature Film, Richard Murray, Director; Chris Schwartz, Executive Producer, Nelly, Dean Winters, Zoe Saldana, Toronto Film Festival Screening; “Train Ride”, Feature Film, John Pierson, Executive Producer, Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans”).
RSO Records/Robert Stigwood (Bee Gees, Olivia Newton-John).
“The Event”, Feature Film, Thom Fitzgerald (“The Hanging Garden”), Director; Parker Posey, Jane Leeves, Olympia Dukakis, Sarah Polley; Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival Screening, ThinkFilm.
Voletta Wallace, Mother of “Notorious BIG”, rapper, Life Story Rights.
“The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys” (The Making of Twelve Monkeys Documentary), Keith Fulton/Louis Pepe.
Bruce Johnson, Jr., life story subject of film, “At Close Range” (Sean Penn, Actor).
Eric L. Blum/IFI, co-financiers of “Ghandi” and “Escape from New York”.
Radio Telefis Erin (RTE-Dublin, Ireland).
Russ Streiner, Producer, “Night of the Living Dead”.