Sasha H. Levites is a partner in the Entertainment Group, where she represents clients in the film, television, theatre, and publishing industries.
Ms. Levites handles a broad range of transactional entertainment and intellectual property matters, with a focus on advising clients in the film, television and digital media industries. She represents writers, directors, producers, documentary filmmakers, motion picture studios, distributors, and private equity financiers, and works closely with intellectual property owners to help maximize the value of their rights in an ever-changing marketplace. Ms. Levites is experienced in structuring and negotiating film and television development deals, talent agreements, co-production and financing agreements, rights acquisition, content distribution and foreign sales agreements, as well as all forms of production legal releases.
Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Levites served as Manager of Business and Legal Affairs for FilmNation Entertainment where she negotiated international film sales and distribution agreements for award-winning titles such as “Nebraska” and “The Imitation Game”, along with motion picture finance and development deals. Ms. Levites also spent time in the Business and Legal Affairs department at MTV, where she focused on international content distribution and format licensing for the music networks.
Ms. Levites is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the 2021 edition of “Ones to Watch” for Entertainment and Sports law. She was recognized in Variety’s 2019 “40 Under 40” New Leaders List, and in the Up Next List of Variety’s 2017 Dealmaker’s Elite New York Report. Since 2016, she has also been recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a New York-area “Rising Star” in the Entertainment & Sports field. Ms. Levites currently serves on the Creative Executive Council for the NYU Production Lab.
Ms. Levites is admitted to practice in New York.
awards & recognition
Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” 2021 (Entertainment and Sports)
Variety’s 2019 “40 Under 40” New Leaders List
2016 – 2020 New York-area "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers Magazine
Up Next List of Variety’s 2017 Dealmaker’s Elite New York Report
Vassar College (BA, 2008)
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD, 2011)
- Articles Editor of the Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender
- President of the Cardozo Women Law Student Association
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
2020 IFP Episodic Lab
Sasha Levites leads a virtual session on legal issues for the fellows of the Independent Film Project (IFP) Episodic Lab.
June 4 2020
2019 IFP Episodic Lab
Sasha Levites gives a lecture on legal issues to the 2019 Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Episodic Lab Fellows.
June 6 2019
Sasha Levites Speaks at NYU
Sasha Levites speaks to students at the NYU Production Lab’s Development Studio Episodic Program.
July 31 2018
Entertainment Lawyers & Business Affairs
Sasha Levites teaches a class on "Entertainment Lawyers & Business Affairs" at the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx.
March 14 2015
Entertainment Careers at Vassar College
Sasha Levites participates in a panel about "Entertainment Careers" hosted by the film department at Vassar College.
March 6 2015
news & press
Mark Rylance, Dylan O’Brien, Zoey Deutch & Johnny Flynn To Star In ‘Imitation Game’ Scribe Graham Moore’s ‘The Outfit’; Focus Pre-Buys World Rights From FilmNation
Thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers Metro List for 2020
The list includes: Christopher R. Chase, Victoria Cook, Lisa E. Davis, Catherine M.C. Farrelly, Michael P. Frankfurt, Hayden Goldblatt, Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, John B. Harris, Richard B. Heller, Richard Hofstetter, Nicole Hyland, Candice Kersh, Rick Kurnit, Brian E. Maas, Richard Maltz, Jeffrey Marks, Kimberly Maynard, Mark Merriman, Ronald C. Minkoff, Brian G. Murphy, Edward H. Rosenthal, Terri Seligman, Thomas D. Selz, Barbara E. Shiers, Wendy Stryker, Linda Wank, S. Jean Ward, Craig Whitney and Maura Wogan. Marcie Cleary, Christina Jenkins, Sasha Levites, Tyler Maulsby, Adam Osterweil and Rachel Santori are listed as “Rising Stars.” Read more.
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.
Super Lawyers - New York Metro Top Women for 2020
The New York Times distributed the Super Lawyers list of the New York Metro Area's Top Women for 2020. Fourteen Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys made the list: Wendy Stryker (Employment Law), Victoria Cook, Lisa Davis & Jean Ward (Entertainment Law), Barbara Shiers (Estate Planning & Probate), Catherine Farrelly (Intellectual Property), Kim Maynard & Maura Wogan (Intellectual Property Litigation) Candice Kersh & Terri Seligman (Media and Advertising). Marcie Cleary & Sasha Levites (Entertainment Law), and Rachel Santori (Intellectual Property Law) are listed as "Rising Stars."
Variety’s New Leaders 2019
Thirty-one Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers Metro List for 2019
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-two Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2019 NY-area edition. Read more.
Thirty-four Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-four Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2018 edition. Read more.
Dealmakers Elite New York
Thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition. Read more.