Julie M. Philips
Julie M. Philips joined Donaldson + Callif in 2019 to lead the firm’s production legal practice. With over 20 years of experience in her own practice, following 11 years with the Bloom Hergott firm working with such A-list clients as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, John Hughes, Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger, Julie has established a loyal roster of clients for whom she provides business affairs and legal services in all aspects of production, including A24, Scott Rudin Productions, IAC Films and Netflix. Julie’s high-level experience as an advocate for artists and production companies gives her a unique understanding of the objectives of all parties to any negotiation. Her work includes negotiating and documenting financing and distribution agreements, above- and below-the-line employment agreements, rights acquisitions, location and facilities agreements, and clearances and releases, including complex arrangements for the acquisition of adaptation and remake rights in the works of world-renowned playrights (e.g., Tom Stoppard) and international filmmakers (e.g., Akira Kurosawa). Representative of recent projects for which Julie has successfully negotiated the major production-related agreements are Uncut Gems, Macbeth, Lady Bird, Sergio, The Humans, The Kissing Booth 2 and 3, Triple Frontier, Eighth Grade and The Meyerowitz Stories.
A native New Yorker, Julie earned her undergraduate degree with honors in political science and economics from Skidmore College in New York, and her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Julie lives in Los Angeles with her twins, Rachel and Ben.