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Katherine Imp

Katherine Imp


Katherine M. Imp is a transactional entertainment attorney representing production companies, studios, networks and independent financiers, producers, sales agents and distributors in the financing, development, acquisition, production, distribution and exploitation of motion picture, television, commercial and new media content.

Kate has extensive experience as production counsel for scripted and unscripted audiovisual content, having drafted and negotiated production and post-production agreements for over 150 different productions, including performer, director, writer, producer and other above- and below-the-line agreements, as well as agreements with domestic and foreign distributors and sales agents, ranging from small independent companies to major and mini-major studios.

Kate also has experience representing advertising agencies, brands, social media and app companies, and talent in the licensing, clearance, ownership and protection of intellectual property.

Kate’s interest in entertainment law stems from her experience making a documentary feature (Beauty Beneath the Dirt) of her 2000-mile Appalachian Trail hike from Georgia to Maine in 2010 – a film for which she launched a 45-venue national film tour, obtained digital and foreign distribution, and through which she learned first-hand the challenges of financing, producing and distributing audiovisual content.

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USC Gould School of Law
  • Guest Lecturer, Entertainment Law in Practice, 2021
  • Guest Lecturer, Entertainment Dealmaking, 2017
USC Marshall School of Business
  • Guest Lecturer, BAEP 475: Entertainment Entrepreneurship, 2015-Present
  • Guest Lecturer, BAEP 423: Management of Small Businesses, 2014-Present
  • Guest Lecturer, BAEP 460: Seminar in Entrepreneurship, 2021
  • Guest Lecturer, BAEP 450: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship, 2020
UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, Professional Programs
  • Guest Lecturer, Contracts and Negotiations for Entertainment, 2020
UCLA Extension, Certificates in Entertainment
  • Guest Lecturer, The Art and Business of Producing, 2020
Loyola Marymount University, Business Pathways
  • Guest Lecturer, Entrepreneurship in Entertainment: Entertainment Law, 2019
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
  • Adjunct Faculty, Business Law, 2014-17
Hussian College, Relativity School
  • Guest Lecturer, Entertainment Law, 2017
University of Illinois College of Law
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing & Analysis, 2008
Outward Bound
  • Wilderness Instructor, Intercept Expeditions for At-Risk Youth, 2007
Other Speaking Engagements
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • UNC Asheville
  • Producers Guild of America
  • The Blackhouse Foundation
  • Roadmap Writers
  • Socialexis
  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law 2009
    • Associate Editor, Illinois Law Review
    • President, Women’s Law Society

    cum laude
  • B.A., University of Maryland, College Park 2006
    summa cum laude


  • Selected, Variety, "Dealmakers Impact Report," 2020
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2015-2019
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2014



Speaking Engagements

News Overview

Media Mentions

Clerk Experience

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Arnold F. Blockman, Champaign County Circuit Court, Sixth Judicial Circuit, 2008

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member, Women in Film Los Angeles
  • Member, American Bar Association



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(Work, Los Angeles (Century City))