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Amy Nickin is partner to our Entertainment Group, representing actors, writers, directors, comics, on-air personalities and television production companies in all business and legal aspects of their film, television and theatrical careers and businesses.
A leading advisor to high-profile talent, The Hollywood Reporter included Ms. Nickin in its Power Lawyers list in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. Variety included her in its 2018 Legal Impact Report. In the past, she was included in Variety’s 2014 "Legal Impact Report" and Variety’s 2010 "Dealmaker’s Impact Report". The Legal 500 recognizes her as a top media and entertainment lawyer. She has also been recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a New York-area "Super Lawyer" in the field of entertainment and sports.
Amy is admitted to practice law in both California and New York.
awards & recognition
New York-area Super Lawyer in entertainment and sports
The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys
Variety’s Legal Impact Report: Top Entertainment Lawyer
The Legal 500: Media and Entertainment
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Past Speaking Engagements
news & press
Amazon Picks Up Awkwafina and Karen Gillan Action Comedy ‘Shelly’
TheWrap mentions Amy Nickin as counsel to Liz Storm who co-wrote the script for action comedy “Shelly” which was acquired by Amazon Studios. View Article
More Than 2,000 Women Partners Issue Call to Action Post-‘Dobbs’
Partners Victoria Cook, Lisa E. Davis, Caren Decter, Catherine Farrelly, Julie Murray, Amy Nickin, Terri Seligman, Hannah Taylor, and Linda Wank signed a letter, and call to action, in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. (Behind paywall) View Article
Frankfurt Kurnit in The Legal 500 2022
The Legal 500 once again praises Frankfurt Kurnit practice groups and attorneys in the 2022 edition of their United States guide. Read more.
‘Ironheart’: Sam Bailey & Angela Barnes Tapped To Direct Disney+’s Marvel Series
Deadline, Animated Times, and Young Gazzate mention Amy Nickin as counsel to Sam Bailey, who is one of the directors on the creative team of "Ironheart", Marvel’s Disney+ series featuring the Iron Man-adjacent character. View Article
Power Lawyers 2022: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys
The Hollywood Reporter includes Amy Nickin in their Power Lawyers 2022 list of Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys. Read more.
‘The Cathedral’: First Look at Brian D’Arcy James and Monica Barbaro
Variety mentions Amy Nickin as counsel to Brian D’Arcy James who stars in the film “The Cathedral." View Article
Wiip Partners With Todd McFarlane To Develop ‘Sam And Twitch’ Series Based On ‘Spawn’ Comic Book Characters
Deadline mentions Amy Nickin as counsel to Jason Smilovic who will serve as an executive producer of the series “Sam and Twitch.” View Article
Power Lawyers 2021: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys
The Hollywood Reporter included Amy Nickin in its Power Lawyers 2021: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys list. View Article
Jennifer Lopez Netflix Pic ‘The Cipher’: Scribes Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg Adapting Isabella Maldonado Novel
Deadline mentions Amy Nickin as counsel to Jason Smilovic. View Article
Power Lawyers 2019: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys
The Hollywood Reporter included Amy Nickin in its Power Lawyers 2019: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys list. View Article
Power Lawyers 2018: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys
The Hollywood Reporter included Amy Nickin in its Power Lawyers 2018: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys list. View Article
2018 Variety Legal Impact Report
Variety lists Amy Nickin as a top entertainment lawyer in its 2018 Legal Impact Report. The report spotlights the leading attorneys in the entertainment industry over the past year. View Article
CAA Signs ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Scribe Michael Lesslie
The Hollywood Reporter mentions Richard B. Heller and Amy Nickin as attorneys for screenwriter and playwright Michael Lesslie who will serve as showrunner and executive producer on BBC and AMC’s upcoming limited series ‘Little Drummer Girl.’ View Article
Method Man Joins ‘Shaft’ Reboot
The Hollywood Reporter mentions Amy Nickin as attorney for Cliff “Method Man” Smith, who has been added to New Line Cinema’s reboot of the 1970s action movie. View Article
Broadcasting & Cable’s Dealmakers Special Report
Amy Nickin was one of only four lawyers selected in a group of top lawyers, agents, and managers for Broadcasting & Cable's special report. View Article
Variety Legal Impact Report
Variety listed Amy Nickin in their 2014 "Legal Impact Report". View Article
James Wolk To Co-Star In David E. Kelley CBS Comedy Pilot
Deadline listed Amy Nickin as counsel to James Wolk in his deal to co-star in Crazy Ones on CBS. View Article
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.
Seventeen Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named 2011 New York-Area “Super Lawyers”
Super Lawyers named seventeen Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2011 edition. Read more.
Gender Balance in Entertainment Law
Variety quoted Amy Nickin on her views of attorneys who are trying to balance the demands of a family and legal career. View Article
Amy Nickin in The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Warner Bros. recently picked up "The Architect," a thriller written by Amy Nickin's client, Jason Smilovic.
Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report 2010
Amy Nickin and Michael Williams were listed in Variety's Dealmakers Impact Report for 2010 as "Future Media Mavens." View Article
Bradley Whitford Returns to “Duty”
The Hollywood Reporter recognized Amy Nickin as the lawyer for actor Bradley Whitford in his deal to return as star and producer of the comedy pilot "Off Duty". View Article
Amy Nickin Promoted to Partner
Crain in its "Executive Moves" column, Variety in its "Executive Shuffle" column, and The New York Law Journal in its "News in Brief" column all mentioned Amy Nickin's promotion to Partner in Frankfurt Kurnit's Entertainment Group.
Jason Smilovic’s Seven-Figure NBC Deal
The Hollywood Reporter recognized Amy Nickin as the attorney who closed a seven-figure deal for Jason Smilovic with NBC Universal Television Studio in its "Industry Dealflow" column of the May 29 - June 11, 2007 edition.
The Hollywood Reporter listed Amy Nickin as counsel to John Goodman in the column "Industry Dealflow".