Media & Entertainment: Transactional


Media & Entertainment: Transactional - California


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What the team is known for Excellent reputation for its expertise on finance transactions in the television, film and music industries. Clients include significant banks, private equity funds and production companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very knowledgeable about the industries they cover and always operate in a very professional manner. They are very plugged in to the entertainment industry."

"They do a wonderful job, we really enjoy working with them and rely on them."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Ratpac-Dune Entertainment in a multi-year film financing agreement with Warner Bros. concerning the co-production of up to 75 films.

Advised Dune Capital Partners IV on the buyout of Elliott Management's stake in Relativity Media.

Notable practitioners  

John Burke is a "powerhouse" who has a "wealth of experience and knowledge that he brings to bear," sources say. He is widely praised for his prowess in financing transactions.

Marissa Román Griffith is a "sophisticated lawyer and incredibly tenacious," market sources say. She focuses on film and television financing deals.

Chris Spicer is well regarded for his production and financing expertise. Clients say: "He is always available, turns documents round fast, is smart and comes up with solutions."

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Comerica Bank, Content Partners, Goldman Sachs, Media Rights Capital.

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What the team is known for Large and highly regarded team advising on the full spectrum of entertainment matters including publishing, music, television and digital media. Regularly advises on finance, production and distribution issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I can categorically say that Loeb has exceeded our standards in every way."

"Loeb is by far a market leader in their knowledge of the sector."

Work highlights Advised Netflix on the financing and distribution of its new comedy series, 'Gracie and Frankie'.

Acted on behalf of the Estate of Elvis Presley on audits relating to distribution and licensing agreements with Sony Entertainment.

Notable practitioners  

John Frankenheimer is highly sought-after by major clients across the sector. One client says he "is the dean of the LA entertainment Bar."

Mickey Mayerson is "encyclopedic in his knowledge" and a "problem solver of the first order," clients say. He has particular strength in entertainment finance matters.

Susan Zuckerman Williams is "very commercial " and "has an incredible knowledge base." She advises on debt and equity finance and distribution matters in the film industry.

Craig Emanuel is praised by clients for his deal-making abilities. His clients include producers, actors, writers and directors.

Significant clients YouTube, Warner Music Group, Bank of America, dick clark productions, Quincy Jones.  

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its representation of clients on M&A, capital markets and film finance deals. Also a respected choice to advise on joint venture matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have strong expertise in private investment transactions; consistently among the most cerebral and technically proficient of firms."

"They are superb in the areas they practice in." 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Vivendi on the sale of its interest in the US company Activision Blizzard.

Advised the CEO of Maker Studios, a YouTube video content producer on the company's acquisition by Disney for $500 million.

Notable practitioners  

Ruth Fisher has "one of the preeminent practices" and is "very strong and very hard-working." Her clients include studios and software companies.  

Stephen Tsoneff advises banks and studios on a range of transactions. Clients note that "he is extremely dependable and an excellent draftsman, turning contracts around in very little time."

Significant clients Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Platinum Equity Advisors, Paramount Pictures, The Gores Group.

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What the team is known for An impressive group of transactional attorneys with a fine track record in matters at the intersection of media and sports law. Areas of expertise include M&A, licensing and distribution agreements, joint ventures and financing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are top tier in intellect and knowledge of the disciplines."

What's new? A highly rated group of attorneys, including partners Christopher Brearton, Joseph Calabrese, Robert Haymer and Kenneth Deutsch recently joined the firm from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Brearton counsels a range of clients, including motion picture studios, television networks and financial institutions. He is recognized for his abilities in handling M&A matters, project financing and complex licensing deals.

Joseph Calabrese has broad expertise in advising entertainment clients on transactional matters. Clients say: "He knows everyone in Hollywood, which really helps," and "we talk to him a lot about our most difficult industry questions." 

Robert Haymer is recognized for his strength in a wide range of corporate matters, including company formation matters and M&A and securities deals. 

Kenneth Deutsch is "great; very smart and very good at what he does," market sources say. His areas of expertise include financings, joint ventures and distribution agreements.

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What the team is known for Good reputation for its advice to corporate clients on transactions in the media and entertainment sector. Areas of expertise include film financings, broadcasting rights matters and corporate sales and purchases.

Work highlights Advised the International Olympic Committee on its agreement with NBCUniversal for broadcast rights in the USA of the Olympic Games through to 2032.

Counseled Legendary Entertainment on a number of matters including its acquisition of Asylum Entertainment.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Erramouspe advises on finance, distribution and production matters. Recent highlights include advising The Weinstein Company on the refinancing of four credit facilities.

Christopher Murray offers clients a wealth of experience in the media, sports and entertainment fields. He has expertise on trademark and copyright licensing matters.

Stephen Scharf is co-head of the media, entertainment and sports practice. Clients praise his industry knowledge.

Significant clients Lions Gate Entertainment, CORE Media Group, Open Road, Revolution Studios, The Weinstein Company.

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What the team is known for Full-service team advising clients in the film, television, mobile application and video game sectors. Strong profile for financing, licensing and distribution matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have top attorneys in almost all entertainment-related practice areas."

"They have great experience in the entertainment business."

Work highlights Advised Pathé on a deal to distribute the film 'Selma'.

Advised Relativity Media on its joint venture with EuropaCorp Films USA to assist the distribution of each company's film slates.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Darwell is highly regarded by clients, who say "he is incredibly smart, super experienced, a creative problem solver and incredibly responsive and helpful." His clients include financiers, film studios and new media companies.

Thomas Glen Leo has notable experience advising on finance transactions in the entertainment sector.  He recently advised Sport Chalet on a $15 million term loan.

Significant clients ESPN, Samsung, Ogilvy Entertainment, Yahoo!, Snapchat.  

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What the team is known for Well regarded for its experience on a wide array of transactions including M&A, joint ventures, and debt and equity financings. Also offers entertainment sector advice on tax matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have top attorneys in almost all entertainment-related practice areas and are especially good in handling motion picture production and finance." 

"They have high expertise in entertainment transactional work and financial and tax planning."

Work highlights Advised Leftfield Entertainment on the sale of 80% of the company to ITV.

Represented Relativity Media in securing a prints and advertising facility. 

Notable practitioners  

Schuyler Moore is highly sought-after for his corporate and tax expertise. Clients say: "His experience makes him such a creative problem solver."

Significant clients Berry Gordy, Bunim/Murray Productions, Pilgrim Studios, Sophia Loren, Revelations Entertainment.  

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What the team is known for Broad entertainment expertise, including advising on film financing, copyright, corporate formation and television production matters. Also advises on issues relating to live theatrical productions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Given the size of the firm and the breadth of their practice areas, it is easy to access knowledgeable lawyers on almost every subject."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Bank Leumi (UK) in relation to a number of film financing deals.

Advised Starz Entertainment on digital programming.

Notable practitioners 

Jill Cohen is a highly regarded transactional lawyer. She has a strong entertainment practice with a particular focus on film financing.

Significant clients Columbia Pictures Industries, Showtime Networks,, Netflix, EPIX.  

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What the team is known for Advises on transactions across the media sector including in the music, television, internet and sports industries. Clients include a number of leading international companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm provides fantastic service, experience and knowledge." 

"I am extraordinarily pleased by the work Greenberg Traurig does including its expertise, professionalism, breadth of services, client-friendly attitude and the promptness of communication and work output."

Work highlights Advised The Weinstein Company on a project financing facility relating to 'Marco Polo', a Netflix TV series.

Handled the negotiation of a structured revolving credit facility on behalf of Concord Music Group.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Black represents major content providers in the media and entertainment sector. Clients say he "identifies problems and finds solutions" and "it's the personal care that is excellent."

Tom Ara offers clients financing expertise and a wealth of M&A transactional experience. He is experienced in cross-border deals.

Jay Cooper has broad entertainment sector expertise. He frequently advises on producer and writer agreements, production agreements and sales of catalogs.

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What the team is known for Advises a broad range of market participants on rights sales and acquisitions, production and distribution agreements. Also has expertise on finance transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very smart, experienced and very knowledgeable about the entertainment industry." 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Sony Pictures Entertainment in a slate co-finance agreement with LSC Film worth $200 million.

Advised IMAX on a $50 million co-finance agreement with Knights of Columbus in respect of a slate of ten films.  

Notable practitioners 

Lindsay Conner has broad transactional expertise including film slate financings, television franchises and asset purchases. His clients include a number of film studios, television production companies and financial institutions.

Gary Gilbert focuses on transactional matters in the music industry. His clients include successful recording artists.  

Lee Phillips advises music artists, and publishing and recording companies. His areas of expertise include copyright, tax and privacy issues.

Significant clients Anderson Media Group, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Sky Italia, Estate of Bob Marley, Barbra Streisand.

Media & Entertainment: Transactional: Mainly Talent - California


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What the team is known for Boutique firm specializing in media and entertainment law. A go-to practice for the talent side of the media and entertainment industry.

Notable practitioners  

Donald Passman is held in particularly high esteem for his representation of clients in the music industry. Sources say: "His depth of knowledge, as well as his experience and contacts, are unrivaled in the industry."

Bruce Ramer offers clients a wealth of experience in TV and film financing matters. He is praised by sources for his negotiation skills.

Harold Brown is a well-established practitioner in the media and entertainment field.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded firm handling a wide range of entertainment sector transactions. Advises individuals and companies on domestic and cross-border deals.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Hansen advises actors, producers, writers and corporations on a range of matters.

Craig Jacobson advises on film finance and distribution matters. He also has expertise representing talent on the full array of television and film matters.

Jeanne Newman has particular experience advising on television sector agreements. Her clients include a number of production companies.

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation for its representation of talent on a wide range of transactional matters. Has notable skill in advising clients in the music industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a formidable practice." 

Notable practitioners

John Branca is well known for his representation of music artists on a broad range of commercial matters. He has enviable experience in music catalog sale and purchase transactions.

Kenneth Ziffren counsels clients on a range of media and entertainment matters.

David Nochimson advises clients in the film sector on a diverse array of transactions.

Samuel Fischer is widely respected for his advice on a broad spectrum of film deals. 

Harry Brittenham is an "incredibly entrepreneurial lawyer," sources say. He represents talent, agents and filmmakers.

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What the team is known for Well-regarded boutique entertainment practice based in Beverly Hills. Represents Hollywood talent on contractual matters.

Notable practitioners  

Jacob Bloom is a top tier media and entertainment law practitioner. He is recognized for his representation of actors.

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What the team is known for Specialist transactional practice with a good reputation in the music and entertainment industries. Respected choice for producers, directors, musicians and actors.

Notable practitioners  

Barry Hirsch is a highly regarded practitioner in the media and entertainment industry. He is experienced in advising on theater, television and film deals.

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What the team is known for An established media and entertainment practice with a strong focus on representing talent.

Notable practitioners  

James Jackoway is respected for his advice to clients in the film and television sectors.

Deborah Klein is a well-known practitioner in the media and entertainment market. She is recognized for her representation of comedians.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Carolyn Hunt recently joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP from Loeb & Loeb LLP. Hunt advises on finance and distribution deals. Clients say she is "responsive, attentive to details and great to work with."

Michael Hobel of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP offer particular expertise in media rights and licensing issues. His clients include digital media companies, film studios and television production companies. 

Robert Haymer of Latham & Watkins LLP is recognized for his strength in a wide range of corporate matters, including company formation matters and M&A and securities deals.

Linda Lichter of Lichter Grossman Nicholas Adler & Goodman has a good reputation for representing Hollywood talent.

Matthew Thompson recently moved to Sidley Austin LLP from Stroock & Stroock. He has a stellar practice and reputation in the media and entertainment arena. Clients report he is "extremely efficient" and "a terrific and thorough lawyer."

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