Hayden Goldblatt is a partner in our Entertainment Group, where he focuses on motion picture, television, and digital media work.
Mr. Goldblatt has wide-ranging experience in all areas of entertainment and media, representing producers, writers, directors, documentary filmmakers, actors, comedians, financiers, and independent distributors. He has negotiated complex single picture and slate multi-party financings both on behalf of producers and financiers, as well as structured multi-million dollar film funds. He has also structured and negotiated content acquisition agreements and output deals for innovative cutting-edge digital distribution companies and alternative content distribution platforms, including Tugg.
Mr. Goldblatt has worked on numerous branded entertainment deals on behalf of brands and advertising agencies, often helping them navigate their first foray into the film business. He has represented foreign financiers and producers, including those from the United Kingdom and China, with respect to U.S. productions.
Variety included Mr. Goldblatt in its 2017 Legal Impact Report “Up Next” list, and its 2013 Dealmaker Impact Report “Up Next” list. Since 2015, he has been recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a New York-area “Rising Star” in the field of entertainment and sports. He is a frequent speaker on legal issues in the entertainment industry, and has previously spoken at the Association of National Advertisers, NYU Stern School of Business, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Brooklyn Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and the Ghetto Film School. He served as a mentor for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival and as Secretary of the Entertainment Law Committee for the New York City Bar Association from 2012 through 2014.
Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Mr. Goldblatt was an associate at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, where he acted as production counsel on several reality television programs and motion pictures, including “The Tree of Life”. He was also associated with Robert Altman’s Sandcastle 5 Productions.
Mr. Goldblatt is the co-founder of the Let’s Kick This Charity Soccer Tournament, an annual one-day adult soccer tournament in Manhattan, which supports Voices Against Brain Cancer.
He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey state courts and the US District Court of New Jersey.
awards & recognition
2015 - 2017 New York-area "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine
Variety's Up Next List of the 2017 Legal Impact Report
Variety’s Up Next List of the 2013 Dealmaker’s Impact Report
University of Michigan (AB, 2003)
Brooklyn Law School (JD, cum laude, 2008)
- President of the Brooklyn Law School Entertainment Law Society
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
2018 SXSW Film Festival
March 11 2018
Hayden Goldblatt at The Socially Relevant Film Festival
March 18 2017
2017 SXSW Film Festival
Hayden Goldblatt leads a mentorship session for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival titled “Keys to Split Rights Distribution Deals."
March 12 2017
The Business of Soccer
Hayden Goldblatt moderates a panel on "The Business of Soccer" for the Athletes Quarterly annual event.
November 29 2016
Future of the Film and TV Industries
Hayden Goldblatt speaks on a panel at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on October 27th about the Future of the Film and TV Industries.
October 27 2015
Dramatic Writing Department at NYU Tisch
Hayden Goldblatt speaks to the Dramatic Writing Department at NYU Tisch. Hayden will focus on copyright issues and writer agreements in film and television.
September 28 2015
Legal Bootcamp for Webseries
Hayden Goldblatt presents a legal bootcamp for webseries producers to graduates of the Ghetto Film School.
March 10 2015
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Department
Hayden Goldblatt speaks to the Dramatic Writing Department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts about copyright law and the film business.
February 23 2015
Cardozo Law Panel
Hayden Goldblatt speaks on the "Future of Independent Film" at a Cardozo Law panel.
November 17 2014
Hayden Goldblatt on Financing and Crowdfunding for Independent Films
Hayden Goldblatt presents on financing and crowdfunding for independent films at a Dogfish Accelerator event.
November 11 2014
Hayden Goldblattt at NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Hayden Goldblatt presents on copyright law to Dramatic Writing students at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
September 29 2014
Hunter College Documentary Film Class
Hayden Goldblatt speaks to a documentary film class at Hunter College about rights and clearances.
April 28 2014
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Department
Hayden Goldblatt presents a lecture to the Dramatic Writing Department of NYU Tisch School of the Arts on copyright law and the film business.
March 31 2014
Ghetto Film School
Hayden Goldblatt presents a lecture to the Ghetto Film School about the film business.
February 8 2014
Brooklyn Law School
Hayden Goldblatt speaks on a panel at Brooklyn Law School about the New York City Bar.
February 4 2014
New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Hayden Goldblatt speaks on a panel about entertainment law at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
November 11 2013
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia
Hayden Goldblatt presents a lecture to a graduate drama writing class at NYU's campus in Singapore (via Skype) about the various types of agreements that a writer may enter into in the motion picture and television industry.
February 8 2013
Tisch School of the Arts at NYU
Hayden Goldblatt speaks on an entertainment law panel at the Tisch School of the Arts.
April 27 2011
news & press
Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Prods., RT Features Join Forces on ‘Murina’
Variety mentions Hayden Goldblatt as counsel to Antoneta Kusijanovic who makes her directorial debut in the film "Murina," produced and financed by Martin Scorsese’s company Sikelia Productions.
Variety Insight - Movers & Shakers
New York Law Journal - On the Move
Frankfurt Kurnit Law Firm Promotes Top Litigation and Entertainment Lawyers to Partner
January 3, 2018, New York, N.Y. - Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz, PC has elected Caren Decter and Hayden Goldblatt as partners effective January 1st, 2018.
October/November Sports Industry News
Here's what's happening at the intersection of sports, marketing, and entertainment law.
Hayden Goldblatt in Variety’s 2017 Legal Impact Report
Baby Goldblatt in The Hollywood Reporter
Thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition.
Frankfurt Kurnit Promotes Caren Decter and Hayden Goldblatt to Counsel
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC has elected Caren Decter and Hayden Goldblatt as counsel effective January 1st, 2016.
Thirty-seven Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2015
Super Lawyers listed thirty-six Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2015 edition.
“MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING”: A Securities Law Trap
We frequently see private placement memoranda, seeking to raise capital for films, which refer to independent film success stories such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Little Miss Sunshine," or other independent films which became box office hits.