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Media & Entertainment: Transactional


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Media & Entertainment: Transactional - California

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What the team is known for Offers impressive expertise in the corporate side of the media and entertainment industries. Handles some of the most significant and high-profile deals in these areas both domestically and internationally. Represents many major bank institutions, private equity and hedge funds in relation to film finance. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have long-term experience and so understand what the industry's standards are."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Bank of America and JPMorgan in the financing of a loan to Content Partners for its purchase of a 50% stake in the television series 'CSI'.

Represented OneWest Bank as lender in several different film financings.

Notable practitioners  

John Burke is a highly respected media and entertainment finance attorney whose practice has a particular focus on film transactions. Sources note that "he has a ton of experience and so is very exacting in helping isolate the specific considerations in any given situation."

Marissa Román Griffith is praised by clients as being "the best technician on the most complex of transactions." She regularly represents clients such as investors and financial institutions in financing transactions in the television and film space.

Significant clients Comerica Bank, SunTrust Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Media Rights Capital, ImageNation.

What the team is known for A boutique talent-focused practice based in Beverly Hills. Recognized for its impressive roster of clients and extensive corporate expertise.

Notable practitioners  

Jacob Bloom is a go-to talent lawyer for many Hollywood figures. Peers note that "he has deservedly founded an iconic reputation." 

What the team is known for A well-regarded practice with a notable entertainment focus. Represents clients within the theater, television and radio industries as well as from the book publishing and magazine world. Regularly handles slate deals and rights acquisitions and is recognized for its distribution, production and financing work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This firm is very responsive and efficient, and is available on a 24/7 basis. I do not have to worry about balls being dropped with them on any matter and they are also very practical."

Work highlights Acted for East West Bank, OneWest Bank and Bank Leumi in relation to several motion picture financing transactions.

Represented MGM in a cross-border secured financing transaction with several European production companies for a theatrical motion picture. 

Notable practitioners  

Jill Cohen offers a wealth of experience in the field having represented production companies, banks, bond companies and distributors for over 20 years. Clients praise her for being "very good with complex documents and drafting. She offers very good analysis."

Kelly Logue is described as "an excellent securities transactional lawyer." He handles television and film finance transactions for a range of high-profile clients.

Significant clients Columbia Pictures Industries, Showtime Networks, Amazon.com – Amazon Studios, The Jim Henson Company, Screen Gems.

What the team is known for A preeminent talent-focused team in the entertainment industry. Highly regarded for its impressive transactional work and breadth of clients. Offers particular expertise in the film and music spheres.

Notable practitioners

Donald Passman is commended by sources as being "one of the true legends" in the talent market and is particularly experienced in the music industry. He is highly skilled in the representation of artists, producers and record labels, and peers comment that "any clients of his are very lucky to have him as their lawyer."

Bruce Ramer is a lauded and well-established practitioner in the entertainment field. He commands respect for his representation of several leading film stars.

Harold Brown is recognized for his activity in the music business and his impressive roster of clients. He is praised for his longstanding experience in transactional matters in the media and entertainment field.

What the team is known for A strong media and entertainment practice complemented by expertise in the technology space. Recognized for the high-value transactions it handles such as M&A work and film financing deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have incredible dedication to clients and subject matter. They are willing to take new perspectives and work hard at improving their industry-specific knowledge." 

"They are all very active. They are a formidable firm and they have done highly sophisticated work for many years." 

Work highlights Handled a multi-year slate financing transaction on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film. A significant and high-profile transaction in Hollywood as it is the first major financing deal to be completed since the recent recession.

Assisted Paramount Pictures with financing transactions in relation to the production of films such as 'The Fighter' and 'Area 51'.

Notable practitioners  

Group cochair Ruth Fisher is praised for her "very deep knowledge of the media and entertainment industries" and is described as "excellent in the transactional area." Clients say: "She is exceptional; she has great business sense and diverse legal skills." 

Stephen Tsoneff enters the rankings backed by praise for his transactional expertise in the media world. Sources note that he is "a fabulous draftsman." He recently acted for DZ Bank on the financing of several Constantin films. 

Significant clients Universal Studios, Chernin Group, Vivendi, Technicolor, DIRECTV.

What the team is known for Offers a multidisciplinary media and entertainment practice enhanced by notable cross-border capabilities. Fields expertise across a range of industries within this sector, representing television, motion picture, music, sports and digital media clients, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been vitally important to the success of my business and I always recommend them to others."  

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Jay Cooper is praised for his experience in representing the talent side of the media and entertainment industry. He offers a breadth of expertise across the music, film, television and digital arenas.

Daniel Black is a highly respected transactional attorney who draws on experience as in-house counsel at major motion picture studios and also offers expertise within the digital media space. Clients praise his ability to "give things his utmost attention and consider why things will or won't work," and note that he "has creativity coupled with a 'never say die' attitude."

Tom Ara is an experienced transactional lawyer who handles a range of matters in the entertainment space. His clients range from financiers, major film studios and television networks to internet content distributors and producers. Ara recently joined the team from Reed Smith LLP.

What the team is known for A leading entertainment transactional practice representing companies and individuals within the film and television arenas. Has a strong reputation for its representation of a range of individuals from the talent space including actors, writers, directors and producers.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Hansen is a longstanding practitioner in the audio-visual space, offering a broad range of skills in the representation of corporate clients and individuals such as television directors, writers and actors.

Craig Jacobson is held out as being "a very fine lawyer" in the entertainment industry. His expertise ranges from representing film and television clients to handling film financing matters.

The "fantastic" Jeanne Newman has a particular focus on the television industry and has developed notable expertise in the unscripted arena. 

What the team is known for A renowned boutique practice which offers expertise in the representation of talent in the music and entertainment spheres. Recognized for its skills and abilities in working with well-established, prominent artists as well as those breaking through in these industries.

Notable practitioners  

Barry Hirsch is described as "deservedly iconic." His expertise lies in the representation of directors, writers, producers and actors in relation to television, motion pictures and the stage.

What the team is known for A well-established and highly regarded talent-centric practice. Handles a breadth of issues within the entertainment and media worlds as well as offering expertise in taxation, real estate and corporate matters.

Notable practitioners  

Deborah Klein comes highly recommended for her talent experience and is sought after by some of the most prominent figures in the entertainment industry.

James Jackoway is a highly regarded entertainment lawyer who garners praise for his experience representing a range of clients in this market.

What the team is known for An impressive full-service media and entertainment practice offering both domestic and international capabilities. Recognized for its impressive roster of clients which includes music companies, investment banks, digital media companies and individual investors.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of FremantleMedia North America in several significant reality television transactions. Has continued to work with them on series such as 'American Idol', 'America's Got Talent', 'The X Factor' and 'Family Feud'.

Handled distribution and acquisition deals on behalf of DreamWorks Animation. Assisted with contract negotiation and rights analysis.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Hobel heads the media and entertainment practice at the firm and represents clients within diverse industries such as television, motion pictures and the digital arena. Offers deep experience across the space, regularly handling IP issues, financing transactions and production matters.

Significant clients AMC Networks, Cookie Jar Animation Studio, Debmar-Mercury, Funny or Die, Media Rights Capital.  

What the team is known for A phenomenal presence in the media and entertainment market, fielding an experienced team with expertise across diverse areas such as film financing, production matters and talent agreements. Handles high-profile matters on behalf of clients such as television networks, digital media and major motion picture studios. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Loeb offers an extremely high level of service provided by high-caliber, highly respected and well-connected individuals."

"They have real depth of understanding and are thorough, analytical, thoughtful and practical."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Alcon Entertainment in relation to the distribution, production and financing of films such as 'Prisoners' and 'Transcendence'.

Handled the sale of Criterion Music Corporation's music catalog to Universal Music Publishing Group.

Notable practitioners  

John Frankenheimer is considered "a legend in the music space." He remains a popular choice among clients, who hail him as "a highly respected individual in terms of his knowledge of the business and ability to get things done."

Mickey Mayerson is seen to be one of the foremost entertainment finance practitioners in California. Clients say: "He is extremely well connected in the industry. He works at the CEO level for all the major studios and talent agencies, and he is extremely in the know when it comes to what's going on in the industry." 

Craig Emanuel offers a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry. His recent work includes representation of several high-profile directors, producers and attorneys, and he is characterized as being "very good at very high-end negotiation deals."

Scott Edel is highly regarded for his representation of high-end talent such as producers within the media and entertainment world. He has recently represented several film composers in agreements related to various major productions.

Stephen Saltzman has impressive international capabilities within the media financing and production deals arena, particularly in China. Clients hold him in high esteem for his experience in this space.

Susan Zuckerman Williams is recognized for the range of clients she represents, particularly from the finance and corporate worlds. Clients note that she is "a great negotiator; it is terrific to have someone like that on your side."

Significant clients Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Music Group, City National Bank, 1821 Pictures, Syncom Ventures.

What the team is known for A respected media and entertainment practice with a national reach. Offers capabilities across the full gamut of transactional work, such as contract structuring, distribution agreements and project funding. Increasing presence in the new digital media arena.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide excellent service and do fantastic work." 

Work highlights Handled a major financing agreement for Sony Pictures Entertainment involving a $200 million deal with Hemisphere Media Capital.

Acted on behalf of music executive Jolene Cherry in a significant joint venture with Sony Music. Jolene Cherry was one of the music executives responsible for the signing of Lady Gaga.

Notable practitioners  

Lindsay Conner represents some of the biggest entertainment and digital companies in Hollywood. He is highlighted as being "someone upon whom the studios will rely on for sophisticated transactions" and is praised for his "clear, superb writing." 

Lee Phillips offers a wealth of experience representing some of the most well-known artists in the music industry. Clients include Barbara Streisand and the Eagles.

Significant clients Lionsgate Television, Media Rights Capital, Imagine Entertainment, Tyler Perry Productions, Raindance Entertainment.

What the team is known for Identified as a leading media and entertainment practice with deep expertise across the full scope of corporate matters in this area. Highly skilled in handling diverse issues such as contract disputes, M&A and financing.

Work highlights Advised DreamWorks Animation on a distribution agreement with Twentieth Century Fox in relation to the release of new motion pictures.

Acted on behalf of Guggenheim Digital Media in relation to its $1 billion bid for Hulu.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Murray has a broad practice in the media and entertainment arenas. His skills and expertise lie in the areas of copyright law, production and distribution as well as film finance.

Stephen Scharf commands enormous respect for his remarkable presence in the film industry. He is praised by sources for his substantial knowledge of entertainment law.

Matthew Erramouspe is increasingly recognized for his work in the media, sports and entertainment industries, and handles matters such as distribution agreements and financing for a range of clients.

Significant clients The Weinstein Company, Univision Communications, Seacrest Global Group, Participant Media, NFL Players Inc. 

What the team is known for Highly regarded full-service practice spanning the entertainment, technology and advertising fields. Handles high-profile matters for major television networks, motion picture studios, and domestic and international media and entertainment companies. Houses experience across areas such as financing transactions, distribution agreements and talent union negotiations.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Paramount Pictures in relation to the development of a 'Star Trek' video game following the release of the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' film.

Represented London-based production company Blueprint Pictures in assisting with the creation of a sequel to 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.  

Notable practitioners  

Robert Darwell leads the firm's transactional entertainment, technology and advertising group, and regularly acts for diverse clients such as investors, major motion picture studios and independent producers.

Thomas Glen Leo is an experienced transactional attorney who handles a range of matters related to entertainment financing and commercial law.

Significant clients The Solution Entertainment Group, Annapurna Productions, ICM, ESPN, PlayMG.

What the team is known for Highly skilled in handling mergers and acquisitions transactions within the entertainment space, financing agreements including slate deals, and all other types of transactions such as distribution arrangements and joint ventures. Acts for an impressive range of clients, including studios, lenders and distributors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They enjoy a high level of technical expertise in corporate and tax matters. They are time-efficient in the presentation of their advice, and at a personal level they are pleasant to deal with and always available." 

"They are excellent; thorough, complete tasks in a timely fashion, and very communicative." 

Work highlights Handled a $450 million Dune Entertainment slate financing deal with Warner Bros. on behalf of a significant lead investor.

Represented Leftfield Pictures in the acquisition of Sirens Media, an unscripted production company. Barclays Bank led a consortium of banks in the provision of an eight-figure credit arrangement.  

Notable practitioners  

Schuyler Moore is particularly experienced in the financial aspects of media and entertainment transactions. Clients call him "one of the leading corporate and personal tax lawyers in the United States," and he is also heralded as being "best in class when it comes to entertainment financing matters."

Matthew Thompson is described as having a "brilliant mind" when it comes to media and entertainment transactional work. He is considered to be "right up there among the very best" in relation to entertainment financing matters.

Significant clients Aldamisa, Aramid Entertainment, UTV, Bunim/Murray Productions, Citibank.  

What the team is known for A preeminent practice in the media and entertainment field which houses particular expertise in talent work. Represents clients in the television, film and music spheres.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a top transactional firm in Los Angeles."

Notable practitioners  

John Branca is a highly respected practitioner within the music industry. He is co-executor of the Michael Jackson Estate and represents numerous clients hailing from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His transactional expertise is complemented by his experience in copyright law and royalties.

Harry Brittenham is a leading entertainment lawyer with a strong reputation in the field.

Samuel Fischer maintains a highly regarded talent-based practice with a particular focus on the television industry.

Kenneth Ziffren is considered "top of the field" in relation to entertainment law.

David Nochimson comes highly recommended for his strong and highly regarded talent-focused entertainment practice.

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Sole practitioner Eric Weissmann has a strong talent-based practice. He represents many big-name actors, directors and musicians on a range of transactional matters.

Respected transactional attorney Christopher Brearton recently joined Latham & Watkins LLP from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Brearton is praised by sources as a master tactician who has impressive attention to detail. He is admired for his solution-oriented approach and his ability to understand both legal and business objectives.

Joseph Calabrese of Latham & Watkins LLP recently joined the firm from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. He offers expansive expertise in the media, entertainment and sports spheres. He is commended for his extraordinary knowledge of the business and his approach to maintaining relationships at the highest level.

Robert Haymer has joined the team at Latham & Watkins LLP from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Haymer is respected for the deep corporate experience he brings to his media and entertainment practice.

Linda Lichter of Lichter Grossman Nicholas Adler & Goodman is highly regarded for her expertise in the talent space and is recognized for her representation of many high-profile individuals in the film industry.

Aaron Rosenberg of Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light LLP is recognized for his representation of some of the most talked-about names in the music industry. His recent work has seen him continue to handle high-profile right of publicity matters for Justin Bieber.

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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