OUR TEAM

VICKI CHERKAS

PRINCIPAL

Vicki has an extensive and diverse background in the entertainment/media industry, particularly in the areas of business development, strategic planning, raising capital, business affairs, and legal counsel. Her focus is providing guidance to entertainment/media companies and individuals launching new ventures as well as growing existing businesses. Cherkas specializes in domestic and international motion picture, television and digital content financing, development, production, acquisitions, licensing, distribution and exploitation. In addition, she provides financial, business and legal consulting services for scripted and unscripted content to be viewed on traditional television and OTT platforms. 

Before launching the Law Offices of Vicki Cherkas, Vicki was Senior Executive Vice President of Operations at Picturehouse Films, a Time Warner Company, established as a joint venture between HBO and New Line Cinema.  There, her responsibilities included overseeing distribution,  acquisitions, day-to-day company operations, new ventures and growth alliances, and maximizing business development with third parties and within the Time Warner media and entertainment divisions.  During her tenure at Picturehouse, Cherkas was involved in such Academy Award-winning films as Pan's Labyrinth and La Vie En Rose, as well as The Orphanage, El Cantante, and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.

 

Prior to joining Picturehouse Films, Cherkas headed business affairs, business development and new ventures at GreeneStreet Films.  She played a major role in all business, financial and legal aspects of the company’s operations, including raising capital and building an international sales division.  She orchestrated the deals on such projects as A Prairie Home Companion, Uptown Girls, Swimfan, Pinero and the Academy Award-nominated In The Bedroom.

 

Vicki’s first company position was at Miramax Films where she spearheaded the transactions for such high profile and Academy Award-winning films as Chicago, Frida, The Others, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Shakespeare In Love, The English Patient and Pulp Fiction and participated in the development and implementation of the company’s expansion. She was an essential member of the team that structured the successful transfer of rights to The Lord of The Rings trilogy to New Line Cinema.

 

Cherkas has an extensive background in film production and is an executive producer on such films as Killer Joe and Once In A Lifetime and co-executive producer on Welcome To The Punch and Uptown Girls, as well as a DGA Trainee on film and television projects.  She received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, is a member of the Producers Guild of America, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Independent Filmmaker Project and  New York Women In Film & Television, and is a speaker on various entertainment/media panels. 

 

ALEXANDRA C. SHERER

LAW CLERK

During law school, Alexandra interned at several entertainment law firms, including Seidman Creative Law Group, as well as Hantman & Associates, where she worked with clients in film, television, and fashion. During law school, Alexandra also interned for two New York Judges where she conducted legal research on pending motions and drafted bench memoranda. She also served as a Legal Aide for the New York State Office of the Attorney General – Litigation Bureau and worked with her school’s Pandemic Employment Relief Clinic on providing legal assistance to individuals applying for unemployment insurance due to COVID-19 pandemic job loss. In addition to internships and externships, Alexandra’s law school career included her involvement in various activities such as serving as an Associate Managing Editor for the Journal of International Law, as well as being a member of the Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society.

Prior to entering law school, Alexandra gained on-set experience by working on many television shows and films, including The Deuce, Billions, Law and Order SVU, and Joker, as a background actress in New York. Alexandra earned her Bachelor of Arts from New York University, and her J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School (2021), where she earned a Certificate in Intellectual Property, Media & Information Law.  Alexandra passed the New York State Bar Exam in July 2021 and is awaiting admission to the New York State Bar.