Media and Entertainment
Latham & Watkins' premier Media and Entertainment practice has decades of experience handling matters and deals around the globe. During recent years, the media and entertainment industry has, and continues to, dramatically evolve, requiring increased focus on technology and sophisticated expertise in complex global transactions, and detailed industry expertise in dispute resolution in and across multiple jurisdictions. Our Media and Entertainment practice cuts across the firm's various departments and related practice areas to bring to bare the breadth of expertise required to guide our clients through such ever-changing landscape. For example, our practice draws from the depth and breadth of substantive knowledge and expertise from our Communications practice group, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions practices, Litigation and dispute resolution practices, Emerging Companies and Technology Transactions practice groups.
Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 recently named Latham's Communications practice a "Top Ranked Media, Technology and Telecoms Practice" and a "Top-ranked Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Regulatory Practice," noting that we are "a giant of the market, being one of the first names on the list in every area of the [telecoms and broadcast] industry." We also been dubbed "The 'best communications team available' by clients" Our Communications practice brings the necessary industry and government experience to guide our clients to best meet their strategic goals in the new media world.
Corporate Transactions and Mergers & Acquisitions
During the past decade, the media and entertainment industry has seen increasingly complex financial transactions, including those focused on mergers, acquisitions and leveraged buyouts and cross-boarder transactions. Digital media and technology companies have increasing demands for sophisticated counsel to guide them through a variety of corporate and finance transactions. The breadth of substantive corporate expertise, coupled with the deep international industry experience that Latham offers, uniquely positions us to support our media clients with such complex transactions.
The entrepreneurial spirit drives innovations in the entertainment and media industry. With a deep understanding of the industry norms and developments, we are able to guide our media clients through all stages of the growth of their company, from organization, through financing and funding, and initial public offerings or other transactions. We advise such clients on corporate governance, business and regulatory matters, employment and benefit issues, commercial arrangements (including production, license, distribution and supply agreements), as well as worldwide international transactions.
Latham has an active and growing media, entertainment and sports law litigation practice. Our experience includes handling negotiations with profit participants based on audits; large claims based on failures to report distribution revenues for home video, syndication and theatrical exploitation; claims by terminated actors and entertainment executives and other employment law matters; and claims against pirates and producers for copyright infringement and the like. We also represent various professional sports leagues, teams, and participants in a variety of disputes including intellectual property disputes concerning sporting events, sports team player trade disputes, contract disputes and antitrust advice. Our attorneys have extensive experience in a variety of matters crucial to the industry, including trademarks, patents, copyrights, transfer and acquisition of intellectual property, including high technology, trade secrets, licensing, covenants not to compete, employment matters, unfair competition claims, false advertising and rights of publicity. In addition, Latham land use litigators bring both extensive litigation and administrative experience to bear in their handling of land use controversies, including many impacting studios, production permits, amusement parks and other issues unique to the media and entertainment industry.
Innovations in the media and entertainment industry are driven by the new and evolving technologies and rapidly changing consumer demands. Such a changing landscape requires substantive and industry expertise, not just regarding the creation of the media content itself, but with respect to the multiple methods by which consumers expect to be able to consume and interact with such content in a digital media world. Given our broad substantive expertise in technology transactions, coupled with our deep industry experience, our lawyers are uniquely positioned to support entertainment and media companies with their need to stay on the cutting edge of new technologies, whether negotiating OEM agreements, outsourcing arrangements, technology licensing or the development of, and ongoing services to new distribution platforms.
Our Media and Entertainment practice: Coordinated representation across multiple disciplines
Latham's Media and Entertainment practice includes attorneys with direct and deep expertise in the entertainment industry's diverging areas. The resulting breadth of expertise gives the firm the ability to provide, on a cost-effective basis, coordinate full service support to meet our client's various needs with coordinated expertise across all of the firm's practice areas. For example, our practice includes specific expertise in the following areas:
Advertising and Marketing Regulation
Content Acquisition, Distribution and Production
Digital Media and Convergence
Distressed Entertainment Assets and Bankruptcy
E-Commerce, M-Commerce and Internet Law
Media Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
Rights of Publicity and Privacy
- Video Games and Virtual Worlds