Joshua D. Tate is an associate in the Entertainment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit.
Josh advises on entertainment, media, and intellectual property transactions. His background in media production strategically positions him to anticipate and address the needs of his clients.
Josh’s experience as a filmmaker benefits content creator clients at every stage of the production process. His clients include storytellers ranging from writers, directors and producers to animators and authors, as well as major studios, production companies, animation studios, toy companies, video game companies and technology companies. As a former litigator, Josh is a fierce advocate for his clients, but he also understands the critical importance of preserving his clients’ relationships and reputations in an intimate and volatile industry.
During law school, Josh served as co-editor-in-chief of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Sandra Segal Ikuta of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, Josh received an MFA in Film & Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where his work as a producer received a Student Academy Award and Student Emmy. A Film Independent fellow in directing and screenwriting, Josh’s work as a writer-director has screened at South by Southwest and his work as a production manager has screened at Sundance and Tribeca.
He is admitted to practice in California.
awards & recognition
Feminist Majority Foundation
Global Women’s Rights Award (2023)
Public Counsel Pro Bono Award
Immigrants’ Rights Project (2020)
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (J.D.)
University of Southern California (M.F.A.)
University of Texas at Austin (B.S., with highest honors)
University of Texas at Austin (B.A., with highest honors)