Nicole Page is a Partner of the firm and practices in the areas of entertainment, employment and intellectual property.
Ms. Page advises producers of both non-fiction and fiction film, television, digital and cross-platform productions. She assists in everything from structuring financing, rights acquisition, cast and crew agreements, pre-publication review and fair use analysis to distribution strategy and agreements. She also represents creative talent, athletes, models and authors in their various endeavors and negotiates executive compensation deals for top talent at leading networks and entertainment companies. Having spent over a decade as Head of Business Affairs and Senior Development Executive at a production company, she understands production from a business perspective.
In her employment practice, Ms. Page assists both individuals and companies on a range of matters, including workplace discrimination and sexual harassment claims at the state and federal level. Her representation of both employers and employees provides Ms. Page with a unique, holistic perspective on the employment relationship. Combined with her entertainment practice, her expertise in workplace discrimination and sexual harassment claims brought her to the forefront of the #MeToo movement, representing female complainants in several high–profile cases. Additionally, she counsels clients on employment opportunities, negotiation strategies and equitable compensation packages. She also advises on and negotiates employment and separation agreements and provides outside general counsel services, particularly with respect to employment law compliance.
Ms. Page’s extensive intellectual property practice includes copyright and trademark protection and prosecution, as well as advice on branding and licensing matters in the worlds of media, fashion, lifestyle and sports.
Ms. Page was selected to Super Lawyers for the New York Metro area in 2020 and featured in Crain’s New York on the 2021 list of Notable Women in Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Ms. Page graduated with her B.A. from Cornell University and received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Services & Honors
Ms. Page is on the Honorary Host Committee for the Athena Film Festival; she is a member of both New York Women in Film and Television and the Independent Filmmaker Project; and she proudly serves as President of the Board of Women Make Movies.
Ms. Page is a strong advocate for women’s empowerment and hosts discussion groups for women professionals on topics relating to combatting discrimination, micro-inequities and negotiation techniques under the banner of her Ask for More series.
Selected Engagements & Publications
Ms. Page frequently speaks and writes on legal issues, appearing on panels at SXSW, HotDocs, Napa Valley Film Festival, Slamdance, Hamptons International Film Festival, World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, IFP and Realscreen. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications such as Huffington Post, Fast Company, IndieWire and Refinery29, among others.
Selected Articles & Publications
- “Sacha Baron Cohen Hasn’t Lost a ‘Borat” Lawsuit Yet, and Here’s Why” Distractify, by Dan Clarendon, featuring Ms. Page – October 24, 2020
- “Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Borat 2’ scene: What can he do about it legally? Not a lot, experts say” USA Today, by Maria Puente, featuring Ms. Page – October 23, 2020
- “Apple v. Prepear: Does Apple Really Need All the Fruit?” IPWatchdog – August 26, 2020
- “What are educators’ legal rights if they go back to work during the pandemic?” New York Daily News, with RPJ Associate Elizabeth Stork – August 18, 2020
- “The Future of Reality TV: How Will Shows Adapt to the Pandemic?” by Taryn Ryder, Yahoo! Entertainment, featuring Ms. Page and RPJ Partner Heidi Reavis – June 26, 2020
- “Non-Competes in the Time of COVID-19,” RPJ – June 25, 2020
- “Corporate Contracts Get a Rewrite for the Post-Pandemic Era,” by Ellen Milligan, Malathi Nayak and Christopher Yasiejko, Bloomberg Businessweek, featuring Ms. Page – May 6, 2020
- “Coronavirus Production Insurance? No Such Thing. Here’s How Hollywood Will Cope,” by Chris Lindahl, IndieWire, featuring Ms. Page – April 20, 2020
- “Hazard Pay Plans Poised to Outlast Virus with Bipartisan Push,” by Paige Smith and Fatima Hussein, Bloomberg Law, featuring Ms. Page – April 13, 2020
- “Need to Know: RPJ’s Nicole Page, Liz Stork Talk Furloughs, Layoffs for Employers,” Realscreen, with RPJ Associate Elizabeth Stork – March 31, 2020
- “Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year sentence is ‘a virtual death sentence’: Legal expert,” by Taryn Rider, Yahoo Entertainment, featuring Ms. Page – March 11, 2020
- “Challenges to banks’ use of arbitration a sign of gender fights to come,” by Laura Alix, American Banker, featuring Ms. Page – March 3, 2020
- “When UGC Becomes ‘WTF?’,” by Daniele Alcinii, Realscreen Magazine, featuring Ms. Page – January/February 2020 Issue
- “Need to know: Nicole Page on the ‘new realities’ of running a prodco in the #MeToo era,” Realscreen – November 6, 2019
- “How Producers Get a Drama-Filled Bachelorette Season Out of Contestants,” by Caitlyn Fitzpatrick, PopSugar, featuring Ms. Page – June 20, 2019
- “What N.Y. and L.A. Actors Should Know About Protecting Themselves at Work,” by Alex Ates, Backstage, featuring Ms. Page – June 5, 2019
- “How New #MeToo Laws in New York and California Could Change Film and TV Production,” IndieWire – May 29, 2019
- “Salary Negotiation Tips for Women: 10 Expert Tactics,” by Alli Smalley, PowerToFly Blog, featuring Ms. Page – November 30, 2018
- “My Year in #MeToo,” RPJ – November 5, 2018
- “Slouching Towards Parity: Panelists Discuss Filmmaking in the #MeToo Era?” by Suz Curtis, Documentary Magazine online, featuring Ms. Page – October 4, 2018
- “Time’s Up: Legal, Judicial Systems Slow to Adapt to Sexual Harassment and Assault Issues,” by Stephanie Francis Ward, ABA Journal, featuring Ms. Page – June 2018
- “‘We All Wear Black Every Day’: Inside Wall Street’s Complex, Shameful, and Often Confidential Battle with #MeToo,” by Bethany McLean, Vanity Fair, featuring Ms. Page – March 2018
- “Summit ’18: Addressing the #MeToo Movement,” Realscreen online, featuring Ms. Page – January 31, 2018
- “Could Rose McGowan’s E! Series Lead to More TV Shows About #MeToo? Some Think It’s Unlikely,” by Emily Yahr, Washington Post, featuring Ms. Page – January 31, 2018
- “Don’t Let 2018 Be Business as Usual: How to Fight Harassment & Discrimination at Work,” Refinery29 – December 18, 2017
- “‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Contract Revealed: What Contestants Give Up When They Sign,” by Chloe Melas, CNNMoney, featuring Ms. Page – June 21, 2017
- “RS West ’17: Gaining Access Comes Down to Trust,” by Selina Chignall, Realscreen online, featuring Ms. Page – June 7, 2017
- “The Negotiation Tips You May Be Forgetting,” Refinery29 – May 1, 2017
- “Equal Pay and Pay Transparency in the Workplace,” RPJ – January 11, 2017
- “Life Rights—It’s Complicated,” Realscreen – May/June 2016
- “Why Documentary Filmmakers Must Take Care of Legal Business Early and Often,” IndieWire – March 30, 2016
- “Interns Should Get More Out of Internships than Employers,” Huffington Post – August 20, 2015
- “Can You Afford to Have Unpaid Interns?” Forbes – August 17, 2015
- “Reality TV Newbies’ Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions Answered by an Entertainment Expert,” by Sandy Malone, Huffington Post, featuring Ms. Page – February 27, 2015
- “Whose Idea Is It Anyway?” Realscreen – January/February 2015, p. 73
Noted Speaking Engagements
- “Who Tells the Story? Ethics in Documentary Production,” [Begins at 1:02:30] Panel Moderator with RPJ Associate Michelle Lamardo, DOC NYC PRO: Documentary and the Law – October 14, 2020
- “True Crime: Understanding Your Rights, Gaining Access, Protecting Your Footage,” Panel Moderator, DOC NYC PRO: Legal for Docs – November 14, 2019
- “The Hidden Secrets of Negotiation,” Workshop Leader, PowerToFly – March 8, 2019
- “Understanding & Drafting Contracts with Entertainment Attorney Nicole Page,” Workshop Leader with RPJ Associate Niki Bhargava, Women Make Movies – February 13, 2019
- “The More You Know: Avoiding Liability in the Production Workplace,” Panel Moderator, Realscreen Summit 2019 – January 20, 2019
- “After #MeToo,” Panel Moderator, IDA’s Getting Real ’18 Conference – September 26, 2018
- “Negotiating 101,” Workshop Leader, PowerToFly Virtual VIP Lunch & Learn Series – July 13, 2018
- “Contract Surgery,” Workshop Co-Leader, Hot Docs Festival 2018 – May 1, 2018
- “Now What, Documentarians? Beyond #MeToo,” Panel Moderator, Hot Docs Festival 2018 – April 30, 2018
- “#MeToo, Now What? The Sexual Harassment Debate from the Legal Trenches,” CLE Webcast for AltaClaro, with RPJ Partner Alice K. Jump – April 25, 2018
- “Fighting for Change in the Eye of a Storm,” Ascension Story, AltaClaro – April 20, 2018
- “In the Wake of #MeToo: The Legal & Cultural Contours of Workplace Sexual Harassment (Part 2),” Expert Insights Series Clip with RPJ Partner Alice K. Jump, AltaClaro – April 19, 2018
- “In the Wake of #MeToo: The Legal & Cultural Contours of Workplace Sexual Harassment (Part 1),” Expert Insights Series Clip with RPJ Partner Alice K. Jump, AltaClaro – April 12, 2018
- “Reality Check: After #MeToo, What Now?” Panel Moderator, Realscreen Summit 2018 – January 31, 2018
- “Trendwatch: All Access Unscripted,” Panel Speaker, Realscreen West 2017 – June 6, 2017
- 2nd Annual “Ask for More” RPJ Luncheon on Gender Parity, Host and Speaker – December 6, 2016
- “Hot Docs Workshop: Decoding Contracts,” Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival – May 6, 2016
- “Documentary Fundamentals: Planning,” Speaker, UnionDocs Workshop – June 29, 2015
- “Everything You Wanted to Know About Fair Use but Were Afraid to Ask,” Host and Speaker, Women Make Movies Webinar – June 12, 2015
- “Misclassification: How to Protect Your Company from Labor Issues and Liabilities,” presentation for Anchin, Block & Anchin’s semi-annual “CPE for CFOs” seminar, with RPJ Partner Larry Brocchini – May 19, 2015
- “SAG-AFTRA Contract Workshop,” Panel Speaker, New York Women in Film and Television – June 16, 2014