areas of expertise
Victoria S. Cook is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit and a member of the Entertainment Group. She focuses on motion picture and television work, representing award-winning filmmakers, writers, directors, actors, television producers, film financiers, and television networks.
She is immersed in both the independent and Hollywood worlds, and her clients often work in all aspects of the entertainment business -- from major studio films to cutting-edge political documentaries. Ms. Cook was recently recognized by Variety in its 2020 New York Women’s Impact Report. She appeared in Variety’s 2019 Dealmakers Elite NY Issue and it's 2019 Legal Impact Report as one of the country’s top 50 “game changing” entertainment lawyers. Crain’s New York Business named her a NYC “Leading Woman Lawyer,” and the New York Law Journal included her in its inaugural “Top Women in the Law” list. She has been named a “Super Lawyer” for the New York area by Super Lawyers magazine and a top lawyer in entertainment law by Best Lawyers. She also was recognized in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 for her expertise in entertainment law matters, and in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 for her expertise in copyright law matters. She received the “Women Who Dared” award by The National Council of Jewish Women in 2017.
Ms. Cook is also a frequent public speaker who lectures regularly on film and television finance and production at film schools, law schools, and producer conferences, including NYU/TISCH, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Independent Feature Project, and the Producers Guild of America. She has appeared on numerous panels at all the major film festivals and markets, including Cannes and Sundance. She is a regular mentor at the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Conference as well as the Sundance Institute Catalyst Conference for film investors. She has moderated the State of the Union panel at the Sundance Summit for the last several years and in 2013 was one of the keynote speakers. Ms. Cook is a member of the Advisory Board for the Hamptons Film Festival.
Outside of her law career, Ms. Cook has worn many hats in the industry. She co-produced “Screwed”, a feature-length documentary about New York pornographer Al Goldstein, co-founded the New York Underground Film Festival, worked at CourtTV, and was the head of domestic sales at Cinetic Media. Ms. Cook is a graduate of Columbia University (BA, 1991), Tisch School of the Arts (MA Cinema Studies, 1995) and University of Pennsylvania (JD, cum laude, 1998). She is admitted to practice in New York.
awards & recognition
Best Lawyers in America
Variety’s New York Women’s Impact Report
Variety's Dealmakers Elite NY
Variety’s Legal Impact Report Top 50 "Game Changing" Entertainment Lawyers
Variety's Women of Impact Report
"Leading Woman Lawyer in NYC" by Crain's New York Business
New York Law Journal's "Top Women in the Law"
New York-area "Super Lawyers"
The Legal 500 for Media and Entertainment Law
"Women Who Dared" by The National Council of Jewish Women
Columbia University (BA, 1991)
Tisch School of the Arts (MA, Cinema Studies, 1995)
University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD, cum laude, 1998)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Victoria Cook presents “Master Class: Filmmaker's Legal Toolkit - From Protecting IP Through Negotiating Distribution" for Sundance Co//ab.
February 27 2020
2019 DOC NYC Pro Conference
Victoria Cook and Melissa Georges present "Documentary Filmmaking in a Global World" during the DOC NYC pro conference. In addition, Melissa Georges leads a round-table discussion during the Only in New York - 40 Under 40 Filmmakers session.
November 14 2019
Victoria Cook moderates a panel at the Innovative TV Conference in Jerusalem.
March 12 2019
Victoria Cook and Julie Murray at DOC NYC
Victoria Cook and Julie Murray present "Withstanding the Assault on Free Speech," a legal panel discussing how documentary filmmakers can cover protests, police actions and other highly-charged situations, during the DOC NYC PRO: DOC LAW SCHOOL program. More information here.
November 15 2018
DOC NYC’s Law Day
November 16 2017
SHOOTonline Directors/Producers Forum and New Directors Showcase 2017
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum and Victoria Cook present a seminar for SHOOTonline's Directors/Producers Forum 2017 focusing on the directors. The seminar will speak to contracts, career development, and branded content.
May 25 2017
Sundance Institute Presents - Nuts and Bolts: From Text to Screen
Victoria Cook speaks at the Sundance Institute's panel at BookExpo America 2013.
May 30 2013
2011 Creative Producing Summit
Victoria Cook participates in a panel at the 2011 Creative Producing Summit held at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
July 22 2011
Independent Feature Project Documentary Filmmaker Lab
Victoria Cook leads the Independent Feature Project Documentary Filmaker Lab in New York City.
May 20 2011
news & press
Variety’s 2020 New York Women’s Impact Report
Variety’s 2020 New York Women’s Impact Report includes entertainment partner Victoria Cook. The report selects women based on their impact on the entertainment industry within the past year. View Article
Meryl Poster Options Allison Winn Scotch’s Novel ‘Time Of My Life’ Under Sony Deal
Deadline mentions Victoria Cook as counsel to producer Meryl Poster who optioned the rights to the novel "Time of My Life” under a new deal at Columbia Pictures which Victoria negotiated. View Article
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), Amelia Brankov, Kim Maynard & Maura Wogan (Intellectual Property Litigation) Candice Kersh & Terri Seligman (Media and Advertising). Sasha Levites (Entertainment Law) Danielle Maggiacomo & Rachel Santori (Intellectual Property Law) are listed as "Rising Stars."
Witchcraft Motion Picture Company Acquires Rights to Thriller ‘Empire Of Dirt’
Thirty-three Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers Metro List for 2019
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-three Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2019 NY-area edition. Read more.
Variety’s 2019 Elite Dealmakers New York
Variety’s 2019 Elite Dealmakers New York list includes our partners Victoria Cook and Richard Heller. The article features attorneys and executives in New York who have shaped show business with big deals over the past year. View Article
Witchcraft Acquires Psychological Horror ‘She Came Back’ As Part of Their Underrepresented Writer Mandate
Frankfurt Kurnit in The Legal 500 2019
The Legal 500 praises four of our core practice groups: Marketing and Advertising; Media and Entertainment; Intellectual Property (Copyright); and Cyber Law (Data Privacy and Data Protection). The London-based directory spotlighted 19 of our attorneys individually: Gregory Boyd, Christopher Chase, Victoria Cook, Tanya Forsheit, Daniel M. Goldberg, Hayden Goldblatt, Jeremy Goldman, Richard Heller, Andrew Hurwitz, Sean Kane, Candice Kersh, Gavin McElroy, Brian G. Murphy, Edward H. Rosenthal and Maura Wogan. Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, Rick Kurnit and Terri Seligman are listed as “Leading Lawyers” in Advertising and Marketing. Hannah Taylor is listed as “Next Generation Lawyer” in Marketing and Advertising.
CNN Films and Trilogy Films Team Up for Congressman John Lewis Documentary
Variety’s 2019 Legal Impact Report
Cazzie David Comedy ‘Half-Empty’ Gets Amazon Pilot Order
Alpine Yurt Dinners, Anyone? Sundance Veterans Reveal How to Survive That Hectic First Weekend in Park City
‘RBG’ Director Julie Cohen, eOne’s Peter Micelli, C4’s Alex Mahon & Annapurna’s Sue Naegle Join Keshet’s INTV
Thirty-six Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-six Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2018 edition. Read more.
The Best Lawyers in America 2019
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.
Blind Justice Sees the Way
‘Never Goin’ Back’ Director Augustine Frizzell To Direct HBO’s Teen Drama Pilot ‘Euphoria’
Nicole Kassel to Direct ‘Watchmen’ Pilot for HBO
The Best Women Lawyers In New York City (2018)
Leading Women Lawyers in NYC
Crain’s New York Business included Victoria Cook and Lisa E. Davis in its 2018 inaugural list of Leading Women Lawyers in New York City. The honor is in recognition of their influence in the New York City business community. View Article
Discovery: A Q&A, in Brief
Another Inconvenient Truth
New York Metro Super Lawyers featured Victoria Cook in the article, “Another Inconvenient Truth”. In January Ms. Cook posted to Facebook about the misperception that the best documentary category at the Academy Awards is more inclusive than the other major award categories. The post received a lot of attention and further exposed bias in the industry. View Article
The Best Lawyers in America 2018
Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranked Frankfurt Kurnit nationally in "Tier 1" in Advertising, Copyright, Entertainment - Motion Pictures and Television, and Trademark Law, "Tier 2" in Litigation - Intellectual Property, Media Law, and Trusts & Estates Law, and "Tier 3" in Commercial Litigation and Regulatory Read more.
SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum: Legal Aid
SHOOT’s Directors/Producers Forum and evening New Directors Showcase, both held at the DGA Theatre in NYC on Thursday, May 25, offered a wide range of insights and observations, as well as substantive exposure for up-and-coming filmmaking talent. The Forum featured Jeff Greenbaum and Victoria Cook. Here’s a rundown of Forum proceedings. Read more.
Speech! Speech!: Leading Women’s Group Honors Victoria Cook
The National Council of Jewish Women Presented their “Woman Who Dared” Award to entertainment group partner Victoria Cook. You can read Victoria’s heartfelt acceptance speech here. Read more.
A Dozen Takeaways From the UCLA Entertainment Symposium
Thirty-six Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-six Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition. Read more.
New York Law Journal Top Women in Law 2016
The New York Law Journal included Victoria Cook in its Top Women in Law list for 2016. The editors included female attorneys across New York who have had notable achievements over the past year. Victoria is one of only 30 attorneys selected. To read more about the honor, click here (subscription required).
The Best Lawyers in America 2017
In its 2017 edition, Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranked Frankfurt Kurnit nationally in "Tier 1" in Advertising, Copyright, Entertainment - Motion Pictures and Television, and Trademark Law, "Tier 2" in Litigation - Intellectual Property, Media Law, and Trusts & Estates Law, and "Tier 3" in Commercial Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation. Read more.
Young Barack Obama Film Casts Devon Terrell, ‘The Witch’ Star Anya Taylor-Joy
Victoria Cook's client, Vickram Gandhi is mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter article, "Young Barack Obama Film Casts Devon Terrell, 'The Witch' Star Anya Taylor-Joy". Gandhi will direct the upcoming film, Barry. View Article
Examining Gender Bias in the Documentary World
Women Activists Rocked Sundance, Celebrating a Sea Change
Victoria Cook Featured in Indiewire
Demand Equal Representation for Women Documentarians, Too
Thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2015
Super Lawyers listed thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2015 edition. Read more.
The Best Lawyers in America 2016
Best Lawyers recognized our firm and 17 of our attorneys in their 2016 list. Read more.
Victoria Cook in Variety’s New York Women’s Impact Report
Congratulations to our partner Victoria Cook who was listed by Variety in their annual New York Women's Impact Report. The report spotlights innovators, overachievers and the execs at the top of the Gotham entertainment business. View Article
Victoria Cook on CBS The Insider
Victoria Cook spoke with The Insider about the pending lawsuits against Fox's hit show, "The Empire."
Thirty-two Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2014
Super Lawyers listed thirty-two Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2014 edition. Read more.
Dancer Sues Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms
Best Lawyers 2015
Best Lawyers recognized our firm and 16 of our attorneys in their 2015 list. Read more.
Production Tax Incentives for Documentary Films
State production tax incentives have become an increasingly important part of any financing plan for feature length fiction films. But what about documentary films? Read more.
Law 360 Powerbrokers
Berlin: Greece’s Faliro House Grows Footprint, Partners With FilmNation
Brett Ratner’s RatPac Comes on to Hitchcock Holocaust Documentary
Victoria Cook participated in the negotiation to add Brett Ratner as producer to the docu “Night Will Fall,” the story of the restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1945 documentary on the Holocaust. View Article
Twenty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2013
Nine Frankfurt Kurnit Women Honored As “Super Lawyers”
Nine Frankfurt Kurnit women appeared in The New York Times Magazine’s women "Super Lawyers" list for 2012. The list appeared on December 30th in a special section devoted to women attorneys in the New York metropolitan area. Read more.
Twenty-four Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named 2012 NY-Area “Super Lawyers”
Super Lawyers listed twenty-four Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2012 edition. Read more.
Frankfurt Kurnit and Victoria Cook Mentioned in Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter listed Victoria Cook as counsel to indie filmmaker Dee Rees.