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.
JORGE L. SANCHEZ
Jorge has experience in a variety of transactional entertainment matters, with a focus on film, television, music and digital content. Before joining the Law Offices of Vicki Cherkas, Jorge was a freelance contract attorney, working with clients in the film, music and digital media industries. In between counseling clients on entertainment matters, Jorge performed compliance review on distribution and license agreements between Verizon Communications and major television networks and other digital content creators.
During law school, Jorge interned at several entertainment companies, including FilmNation Entertainment, BBC Worldwide Americas, and the Associated Press, as well as the entertainment law firm of Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers LLP, where he collaborated with production counsel on several award-winning films, including Academy Award-winning Moonlight. Jorge also worked with independent filmmakers at the Benjamin N. Cardozo Indie Film Clinic, as well as at a clerkship with Cinereach. While with the Indie Film Clinic, Jorge helped directors and producers navigate through legal issues concerning the documentaries Memories of a Penitent Heart and Whose Streets?, which were featured at the New York Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival, respectively. Simultaneously, Jorge was involved with the development and financing of the feature film We The Animals during his legal clerkship with Cinereach.
Prior to entering law school, Jorge worked on several independent film productions and at law firms in his hometown of New York. He earned his J.D. degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2016) and is admitted to practice in New York.