Stephen Saltzman is the chair of the Asia Entertainment and Media practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Century City office. Mr. Saltzman has extensive experience in domestic and international transactions in the entertainment and media industries. His practice focuses on innovative and complex international distribution, co-production, and co-financing transactions, as well as cross-border transactions involving the creation, production, financing, and/or exploitation of content.
He represents U.S.-, European-, and Asia-based producers, production companies, studios, theme park operators, distribution companies, broadcasters, digital media companies, banks, film funds, directors, talent, and authors. His experience encompasses the legal and business aspects of the development, production, financing, and exploitation of feature film, television, videogame, and digital media projects, as well as related ancillary products such as print publications, merchandise, new technologies, and the deployment of intellectual property in theme parks and other location-based entertainment venues.
Mr. Saltzman utilizes his language capabilities and in-depth knowledge of both the U.S. and non U.S.–based film and television industries in representing the interests of international companies and individuals in Hollywood.
Mr. Saltzman frequently participates as a featured speaker and panelist in seminars and symposiums in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His German-speaking practice has been profiled in various German publications, and his Greater China practice and expertise have been similarly recognized both in China and the U.S., where Mr. Saltzman regularly appears on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers Top 100” list and on Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report” and “Legal Impact Report.”
Steve Saltzman has advised on the following representative transactions:
Representation of Chinese state-owned enterprise Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co. Ltd. in connection with the development of a world-class Universal theme park in Beijing, tentatively scheduled to open in 2019. The park will include all-new attractions, as well as some of Universal’s most popular themed entertainment experiences from around the globe. Providing advice with regard to intellectual property, entertainment and licensing matters related to the theme park.
Representation of Huayi Brothers in connection with several matters, including:
Representation of Beijing-based Talent International Film Co. Ltd. (Tangde) in connection with several matters, including:
Representation of Le Vision Pictures USA, the American arm of Chinese media company LeTV, in connection with several matters, including:
Advised Talent International Film Co (Tangde) and Dasym Entertainment in connection with production financing, guild matters, and other matters related to Skiptrace, the action adventure movie starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville.
Representation of IDG China Media Ltd. (and affiliates) in connection with several projects, including:
Representation of Beijing-based New Pictures Film Co. Ltd. (principals, Zhang Weiping and Zhang Yimou) in connection with the film The Flowers of War (top-grossing theatrical release in China in 2011), including with respect to the agreement for Christian Bale’s acting services, the U.S. distribution agreement with Wrekin Hill Entertainment, as well as in connection with several other agreements related to the production and exploitation of the film.
Representation of Linmon Pictures in connection with various distribution agreements and co-development/co-production agreements.
Representation of Hi-Show Entertainment in various distribution transactions, including a distribution transaction with Nu Image/Millennium Films for the Chinese distribution of the motion picture “Hunter Killer,” starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Billy Bob Thorton; and “Escobar,” starring Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Peter Sarsgaard, as well as various development agreements.
Representation of Original Force Animation in connection with the financing, production and exploitation of two animated films, as well as general operations of its US office.
Representation of Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures and parent company Astro Overseas Ltd in connection with several matters, including:
Representation of China Hero (Asia) Limited in connection with an actor services deal for Oliver Platt to appear in Chinese Zodiac aka CZ12, written/directed/produced by and starring Jackie Chan.
Representation of top Chinese musical artist Lang Lang, in connection with a motion picture project to be based on his autobiography “Journey of a Thousand Miles”.
Representation of Taiwan/China-based model/actor Godfrey Gao in his acting services deal to play the role of “Magnus Bane” in Constantin Films/ Screen Gems’ Mortal Instruments (and sequel films).
Representation of China-based financier and production company Leeding Media and director/producer Dayyan Eng in connection with the film Inseparable starring Kevin Spacey, including the actor services deal for Kevin Spacey.
Represented Chinese martial arts film director Yuen Wo Ping and producer Anthony Wong in their respective directing and executive producing deals with The Weinstein Company for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny.
Representation of Alpha Entertainment in a deal with Bob Bacon, former executive at Disney and Paramount Pictures, for Bacon to serve as CEO for Alpha’s new Los Angeles- based feature animation division, Alpha Animation, which will produce animated features for worldwide distribution.
Representation of Heyi Pictures in connection with the U.S. talent deals for the Jackie Chan picture “Bleeding Steel.”
Representation of Chinese production company HLCG Motion Picture in a co-financing financing transaction with IM Global for the motion picture “Zoe,” starring Ewan McGregor, Christina Aguilera and Rashida Jones; as well as in connection with Chinese distribution arrangements for the film and a deal for Chinese language remake rights.
Representation of Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co. Ltd. in connection with several projects, including:
Representation of Digimax, a Taiwanese animation and special effects facility, in connection with the development, production and financing of Quantum Quest, a 100% CGI “large format” film, and providing ongoing counsel in financing and production matters.
Represented an affiliate of Shanghai Media Group, producer of the upcoming film Last Flight, in connection with an acting services deal for Ed Westwick to star in the film.
Representation of Asia Tropical Films, producer of the film Last Flight II: Lost in the Pacific, in connection with an acting services deal for Brandon Routh to star in the film.
Paul Hastings Expands Entertainment and Media Practice with Addition of Five Preeminent Entertainment Partners and Opening of Office in Century City
March 20, 2018
Recognized in Variety's Legal Impact Report
The Firm’s Century City-based Entertainment and Media practice was recognized in Variety's 2019 Legal Impact Report. The magazine’s annual list spotlights the top in-house attorneys, litigators, and transactional lawyers in the entertainment business. Paul Hastings partners noted for 2019 include Craig Emanuel, David Hernand, Erik Hyman, Mickey Mayerson, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams.
April 09, 2019
Recognized in Variety's Dealmakers Impact Report
The firm’s Century City-based Entertainment and Media practice was recognized in Variety's 2018 Dealmakers Impact Report. The magazine’s annual list noted the team's comprehensive practice working in M&A, finance and capital-raising, and talent representing entertainment as well as tech clients. Paul Hastings partners noted for 2018 include Craig Emanuel, David Hernand, Erik Hyman, Mickey Mayerson, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams.
December 07, 2018
Recognized in Variety's Legal Impact Report
The Firm’s Century City-based Entertainment and Media practice was recognized in Variety's 2018 Legal Impact Report. The magazine’s annual list spotlights the top in-house attorneys, litigators, and transactional lawyers in the entertainment business. Paul Hastings partners noted for 2018 include Craig Emanuel, David Hernand, Erik Hyman, Mickey Mayerson, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams.
April 18, 2018
Recognized in The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers 2018
The Firm’s Century City-based Entertainment and Media practice was recognized in The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers 2018 list, which celebrated the Top 100 lawyers in media and entertainment. The magazine’s annual list recognizes the most influential attorneys in entertainment and media. Paul Hastings partners noted for 2018 include Craig Emanuel, Mickey Mayerson, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams.
April 03, 2018