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Practice

Entertainment and Media

The entertainment and media industries are undergoing rapid transformation as new entrants and disrupters upend the traditional business landscape. Our clients rely on our industry acumen and legal expertise to address their most significant matters and navigate new paths to growth in this increasingly global and dynamic environment.

Strategic Advisors at the Forefront of Entertainment and Media

Our global interdisciplinary team is at the forefront of the market, serving as business advisors and developing innovative solutions for clients at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology. With deep market experience, our team of industry veterans works closely with the firm’s corporate, tax, capital markets and litigation groups to provide practical, interdisciplinary advice on complex legal issues. We also provide a full breadth of talent representation.

Guiding Innovation in a Digital Era

The Entertainment and Media Group represents clients in the following sectors:

  • Film and Television

  • Internet and Digital Media

  • Music

  • Radio

  • Publishing

  • Theatre and Live Entertainment

  • Video Games and eSports

Development, Production and Distribution

Our team has decades of experience assisting with the development, production and distribution of hundreds of film and television projects, acting for leading names from the industry. Our lawyers work with an array of leading writers, directors, producers and production companies, assisting these household names in navigating the complexities of film, television and digital deals in an ever-changing media and entertainment landscape.

Finance and Restructuring

Our team handles every type of financing and restructuring deal that touches the industry. We represent prominent entertainment companies, financial institutions, private equity funds, hedge funds, distributors, strategic investors, and renowned individuals globally in financing deals, including shaping and structuring debt and equity capital structures.

Talent

We advise many of the industry’s leading players, including showrunners, actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, radio and television personalities, streamers, musicians, novelists, journalists, playwrights, and athletes on the evaluation, negotiation, and structuring of a variety of agreements, including film and television deals, employment contracts, celebrity endorsement arrangements, and stage producing agreements.

Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Investments

We have successfully negotiated and closed many of the most high-profile M&A and investment transactions involving companies and investors in the entertainment and media sectors, with a special focus on hedge funds, private equity funds and high-net worth investors doing deals at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology.

International and Cross-Border

In 2019, Paul Hastings launched a Europe-based Entertainment and Media team that advises production, distribution and media companies and financial institutions, funds and high net-worth investors in Europe and Asia, as well as U.S.-based clients, on cross-border entertainment and media transactions in these regions.

Litigation

Our Entertainment and Media Litigation Group is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading practices, experienced in handling almost any type of contentious problem that might arise in the industry, including contract disputes, partnership and joint-venture disputes, antitrust litigation, intellectual property litigation (including copyright, trademark, privacy and trade secrets claims) and business tort claims.

Intellectual Property, Data Protection and Privacy

Our lawyers represent leading virtual reality and augmented reality content producers, developers, and patent owners, video game and app publishers, and entertainment, advertising, and social media companies in the development and implementation of monetization strategies, intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies, and matters involving consumer privacy and data security.

Recognition for our Entertainment and Media Practice

  • Members of our team are regularly named among the most influential lawyers in Hollywood by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

  • Recognized as among the most notable legal teams in the market by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and numerous other legal and industry publications.

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David M Hernand
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Craig A Emanuel
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Susan Williams
Partner, Entertainment and Media
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Steven A Marenberg
Partner, Entertainment and Media
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Stephen L Saltzman
Partner, Entertainment and Media, London and Asia
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Erik Hyman
Partner, Entertainment and Media

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