Marcie Cleary is counsel to the Entertainment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit, representing clients in the film, television, digital, and book publishing industries.
Ms. Cleary structures and negotiates entertainment transactions for individual and corporate clients in the film, television, digital, and book publishing industries. Her clients include actors, news correspondents, writers, directors, producers, authors, podcasters and influencers.
Ms. Cleary has significant experience representing comedians in connection with deals for stand-up specials, television and digital series, motion pictures, and recorded albums. Ms. Cleary also has become one of the podcast industry’s go-to lawyers. She represents a number of successful podcast creators, hosts, on-air talent, and producers, as well as underlying rights holders.
Before joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Cleary was a corporate associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP where her experience included advising William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) on its strategic partnership with, and sale of a minority interest to, Silver Lake, and advising Apollo Global Management on its acquisition of CKX, Inc., an owner of rights to the American Idol franchise and the Elvis Presley Estate.
Ms. Cleary is recognized by Variety in its 2020 Legal Impact Report. She was previously recognized in the Up Next List of Variety’s 2018 Legal Impact Report. She is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the 2021 edition of “Ones to Watch” for Entertainment and Sports law. She has also been recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” in the Entertainment & Sports field.
Ms. Cleary is a member of the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee, the New York University Lawyer Alumni Mentoring Program Advisory Board, and the Harlem School of the Arts Associate Board. She is admitted to practice in New York.
awards & recognition
Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" 2021
Variety's 2020 Legal Impact Report
Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Star 2020
Variety's "Up Next" List of the 2018 Legal Impact Report
New York University (BA, magna cum laude)
Yale Law School (JD)
- Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology
- President of the Yale Entertainment and Sports Law Society
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Athena Pre-Law Society: Entertainment Law Event
Marcie Cleary is a guest speaker during the Athena Pre-Law Society at Barnard College’s Zoom event introducing students to entertainment law.
November 16 2020
Women in Law Series
Marcie Cleary presents “Navigating the Path to Partnership” during a Women in Law Series presented by Teale & Co.
November 5 2020
Yale Law School - Lawyers as Leaders: The Art of Successful Advocacy and Leadership
Marcie Cleary speaks to Yale Law students on her leadership journey in private practice, including building out her practice in entertainment law during the Yale Law & Business Society’s Lawyers as Leaders program.
October 15 2020
COVID-19 & the Entertainment Business: Survival Tips for Creatives (Part II)
Lisa E. Davis and Marcie Cleary speak during the Diverse Representation webinar "COVID-19 & the Entertainment Business: Survival Tips for Creatives (Part II)" focusing on questions from creatives about the current production landscape. Register here.
April 29 2020
COVID-19 & The Entertainment Business: Survival Tips for Creatives
April 14 2020
People of Color in Entertainment
Marcie Cleary speaks on the business panel at the People of Color in Entertainment program in Los Angeles.
February 29 2020
National Bar Association’s 94th Annual Convention
Marcie Cleary presents “Representing the Culture Creators in the Digital Era” during a panel at the National Bar Association’s 94th Annual Convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square in New York City.
July 23 2019
The Business of Comedy: How to Get Representation
Marcie Cleary presents “The Business of Comedy: How to Get Representation” during a panel hosted by Stark White Entertainment in New York City.
July 9 2019
American Black Film Festival
June 15 2019
Richard Heller and Marcie Cleary at Pace University
Richard Heller and Marcie Cleary present to China Publishing Group executives as part of Pace University's Executive Education series. Richard and Marcie describe different deal structures used by US studios and distributors.
June 10 2019
Marcie Cleary at Yale Law School
Marcie Cleary presents “Creativity and the Law: Alternative Creative Careers and the Business and Legal Issues Entertainment Lawyers Tackle” at Yale Law School in New Haven, CT.
April 4 2019
Marcie Cleary is a Guest Lecturer at NYU Law’s “Lawyering” Class
Marcie Cleary has been invited to guest lecture at New York University Law's "Lawyering" class.
February 20 2019
Marcie Cleary at the She Makes Me Laugh Festival
Marcie Cleary speaks on the panel “The Business of Comedy” at the She Makes Me Laugh Festival in New York City.
October 13 2018
New York Television Festival 2018
July 19 2018
New York University’s 29th Annual Academic Achievement Program Gala
Marcie Cleary is the keynote speaker at New York University’s 29th Annual Academic Achievement Program (AAP) Gala.
April 28 2018
The Future of Entertainment and Digital Media
Marcie Cleary speaks on a panel about the future of entertainment and digital media for the Entertainment and Sports Law Society at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
April 3 2018
CLE Presentation and Meeting of the Cardozo Alumni Fashion Law Practice Group
Danielle Maggiacomo hosts the Cardozo Alumni Fashion Law Practice Group’s November event featuring Marcie Cleary and Michael William’s CLE presentation: “Contracts on the Catwalk: Legal Issues In Today’s Fashion Shows”. More information can be found here.
November 14 2017
New York Television Festival 2017
October 24 2017
Fordham Law School Guest Speakers
March 12 2015
Black Achievement in Sports and Entertainment Law
Marcie Cleary participates in a panel hosted by Brooklyn Law School and St. John’s School of Law’s Black Law Students Association on Black Achievement in Sports and Entertainment Law featuring attorneys from CBS Sports, Bad Boy Entertainment, and Arent Fox.
February 25 2015
Fashion Law Panel
Marcie Cleary speaks on a Fashion Law Panel at Brooklyn Law School. Other speakers include counsel from Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors.
November 10 2014
NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development
Marcie Cleary speaks at the "Exploring Legal Careers" workshop held by the Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU.
October 21 2014
New York University
Marcie Cleary participates in NYU's "Spotlight on Legal Careers".
October 30 2013
news & press
CAA Signs ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Writer-Performer Jeff Wright
Showtime Goes Straight to Series With Brooklyn Comedy
Frankfurt Kurnit Elects Seven New Partners
Frankfurt Kurnit has elected as partners Tiffany R. Caterina, Marcie Cleary, Daniel M. Goldberg, Sasha H. Levites, Tyler Maulsby, Julie Murray, and Adam J. Osterweil. The promotions take effect January 1, 2021. Read more.
The Best Lawyers in America 2021
We are pleased to report that Best Lawyers — the oldest and one of the most respected peer reviewed lawyer recommendation services — continues to recommend Frankfurt Kurnit. Read more.
Variety’s 2020 Legal Impact Report
Variety’s 2020 Legal Impact Report includes Marcie Cleary, Lisa E. Davis, and Deborah Wolfe for their work in the podcast space. The list includes legal professionals who made the biggest deals for entertainment industry clients in the past year. View Article
Production During the Pandemic
The Show Must Go On: Production During the Pandemic
From pitch meetings to development and production, COVID-19 has changed the way creatives and their representatives do business. Read more.