Grace Clements

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Vice President of Business Affairs
Unified Pictures

Grace negotiates and drafts every manner of agreement for the live action and animation arms of the prolific theatrical independent production company Unified Pictures, shepherding each project from the beginning of its development and rights acquisition, through its financing, casting and production, on to domestic and international distribution. Prior to joining Unified in 2014, Grace worked with studios, including Turner Entertainment, NBCUniversal, and LionsGate Entertainment; with production companies, including Legendary Entertainment; and with the law firms Raines Feldman LLP and Business Affairs Inc. Grace’s article A Fistful of Dynamite: How Independent Film’s Cowboy Culture Creates Unstable Sales Agency Agreements was published in the American Bar Association’s Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law, where it is currently being taught at Loyola Law School.

Vinca & GraceGrace is a member of the California State Bar. She received her juris doctor degree from Southwestern Law School, where she graduated cum laude and was a recipient of the Wildman Shumacher Full Merit Scholarship, as well as a Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Scholar. Grace was an award-winning member of both the Moot Court and Law Review, argued a pro bono case before the 9th Circuit as a member of the Appellate Litigation Practicum, and was a founding member of the Entertainment Law Practicum, providing pro bono counsel to independent filmmakers. Grace is a recipient of the California State Bar Public Service Award for her work in the community.

Grace brings both an artistic and production sensibility to her role as an entertainment attorney. Grace holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in  Directing from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master of  Fine Arts in Theatre from L’Ecole Internationale du Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France.  Grace began her career in independent film as the assistant to renegade independent directors Abel Ferrara and Joan Micklin Silver. Grace then worked her way through the production ranks of the Saturday Night Live Film Unit, producing commercial parodies, remotes and animation segments. Grace’s production work at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart included producing segments, and acting as the Italian voice of the Weekend Box Office in Lire. Now Grace is happy to take the occasional break from legal work and put her voice-over skills to use on scratch tracks for Unified Picture’s animation projects.

Grace is active in the entertainment law community, as a member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, the American Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and on the executive committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section (ELIPS).  Grace has spoken on panels for ELIPS, and the Downtown Film Festival in Los Angeles (“Women Making Movies”).

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