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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Media & Entertainment: Transactional

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What the team is known for

Offers broad entertainment expertise. Capable of handling financing, production, distribution and talent agreements for film and television, as well as corporate transactions involving the sale, acquisition and financing of media companies. Additional experience includes advising on transactions involving video games, virtual reality and digital content. Advises a diverse client base, which includes entertainment companies, investors and well-known individuals.

Strengths

Clients comment: "It is an extremely tight-knit group of lawyers who work seamlessly across departments and disciplines. Their advice always contains a good balance of legal objectives set in a practical and commercial context."

Peers regard it as "a strong practice."

Work highlights

Counseled Amazon Studios in connection with a number of entertainment projects, including negotiating first look deals with Lizzo, Viola Davis’ Juvee Production and Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna’s La Corriente del Golfo.

Notable practitioners

Robert Darwell is a skilled transactional attorney who acts for leading clients in the film and television industry, advising on the production, financing and distribution of content.

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Overview

Sheppard Mullin’s Entertainment and Digital Media practice group has been at the forefront of the streaming content boom, handling the production and acquisition of content for Amazon Prime, Spotify, Netflix, Twitch, snapchat, Oculus VR distribution platform, Tinder and other services. While the group’s history of representing the Hollywood studios (such as Disney, Fox, Universal, Sony, MGM, and Warner Bros) is unparalleled, another distinguishing feature is its representation of media clients around the world with clients in Mexico (Redrum, Televisa, Alzraki Pictures), Argentina (Sun Distribution), Canada (eOne, Boat Rocker Media), United Kingdom (Purely Capital, The Fyzz Facility, Sister Pictures, Komixx Entertainment, Cosmic Picture, Media Finance Capital, Head Gear Films, Supermassive Games), France (Gaumont, Pathe, StudioCanal), Finland (Yellow Films), Denmark (JAM Music and Effects), Poland (Monolith), Korea (CJ, Com2Us), China (Bliss Media), Spain (Mogambo Productions), and many other countries. In fact, the group’s global experience and contacts were crucial factors in Amazon Studio’s decision to use the firm as it expands into local language production around the world.

Members

Klein, Robb (Head of Department)

Michaelson, Linda (Head of Department)

Sands, David (Head of Department)

Cervantes de Reinstein, Leif

Clark, Shaun

Darwell, Robert A

Fohrman, Sidney

Clients

101 Studios

Abrams Artists Agency

Amazon Studios

Cavalry Media

Creative Wealth

Emerson Collective

Facebook/Oculus

Fremantle

ICM Partners

Komixx Entertainment

Lionsgate Entertainment Corp.

Nickelodeon

Peloton Interactive Inc.

Saban Music Group

Showtime Network

Spirit Music Group

Spotify

Technicolor

Tinder

Turner Entertainment Group

Twitch

Universal’s Focus Features

Walt Disney Company

Warner Music Group

Industries

Entertainment

Media

Music

Media & Entertainment: Transactional

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Location

333 South Hope Street

Forty-Third Floor

Los Angeles

California

USA

CA 90071

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Media & Entertainment: Transactional


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