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The Entertainment, Media and Technology Industry Team at Sheppard Mullin is a full-service multi-disciplinary group representing the major motion picture studios, television networks and other domestic and international entertainment, media and communications companies in all areas, including:

  • motion picture and television development
  • finance, production and distribution
  • advertising/sweepstakes
  • branded entertainment
  • games
  • intellectual property
  • licensing and merchandising
  • mergers, corporate finance, acquisitions and other strategic corporate transactions
  • music
  • First Amendment
  • convergence, online/technology
  • publishing
  • sports

 Our transactional attorneys have represented clients in some of the industry's largest and most complex distribution, licensing and financing transactions, as well as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic corporate activities.

Our litigators have extensive trial and appellate experience, and have litigated a wide variety of issues, including those involving distribution rights, profit or revenue participations, audit claims, talent disputes, copyright, idea submission and trademark claims, First Amendment, defamation and right of publicity claims, labor and employment claims, insurance disputes and antitrust, unfair competition and vertical integration claims.

We also have an FCC team to serve our entertainment clients' regulatory needs.

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Major League Baseball’s Antitrust “Exemption” Is Immune From Judicial Overrule
Thomas D. Nevins, November 18, 2013
The City of San Jose, California, entered into an option contract to lease land to the Oakland A’s, a Major League Baseball (“MLB”) club, for the construction of a new stadium. The land was within the exclusive territory of another MLB club, the San Francisco Giants, who refused...

The Financial Crisis and a New Round of Deaccessioning Debates
, September 19, 2013
When public institutions are suffering from financial deficits, one question is usually raised: can they sell art to survive? In the museum world it is generally understood that you are to deaccession art only if the work is duplicative of another work in the collection, or for similar...

Ninth Circuit Fumbles The Ball In Videogame Likeness Cases
Valerie E. Alter,Benjamin R. Mulcahy,Kent R. Raygor, September 16, 2013
Creating a new rule that gives videogames much more limited protection than other expressive works, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that realistically depicting college athletes in videogames showing them doing what they became famous for doing—in this case, playing football—is not...

Equityholder's Strategy for Shifting Tax Burdens to Creditors Upheld by Third Circuit
Eugene D. Kim, August 14, 2013
In re Majestic Star Casino, LLC, F.3d 736 (3rd Cir. 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit broke from other courts by holding that S corporation status (or "qualified subchapter S subsidiary" or "QSub" status) is not property of the estate of the S corporation's...

Dang v. San Francisco Forty Niners - Consumers can Challenge Reebok's Exclusive NFL Apparel Deal Based Just on a Market of Garments Bearing NFL Team Logos
Leo Caseria,David R. Garcia, August 08, 2013
On August 2, 2013, District Judge Edward J. Davila denied a motion to dismiss antitrust claims brought by consumers of NFL apparel against Reebok and the NFL in Dang v. San Francisco Forty Niners, Case No. 5:12-CV-5481 (N.D. Cal.). Plaintiff seeks to represent a class of NFL apparel purchasers who...

Film Distributors Will Face New Administrative Hurdles in Argentina
Marcos Vergara del Carril, July 23, 2013
Unexpectedly, the government of Argentina has decided to enforce law 23,316, enacted on May 23, 1986, regarding certain requirements for dubbing motion pictures and television programming (the “Dubbing Act”), which was only in the books and never implemented¿ until today....

Appropriate Appropriation: Second Circuit Holds That Commentary on Original Work Unnecessary for Fair Use Defense, Only Transformative Quality Required
, May 01, 2013
In Cariou v. Prince, No. 11-1197-cv (2d Cir. Apr. 25, 2013), an opinion with significant importance for the art world, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit clarified what is required for a defendant’s entitlement to the “fair use” defense to a claim of copyright...

FCC Considers Proposal To Lift 25% Cap On Indirect Foreign Investment In Broadcast Licensees
Douglas A. "Drew" Svor,Brian D. Weimer, April 24, 2013
In August 2012, the Coalition for Broadcast Investment (“CBI”), a group comprising national broadcast networks, radio and television station licensees, and community and consumer organizations, filed a letter with the FCC requesting clarification of the foreign ownership rules contained...

Museum Loans - Part Two
, April 22, 2013
Last post discussed the legal issues surrounding museum loan agreements. This post continues the discussion with the follow up on laws that provide immunity from seizure and indemnification in the context of international loans.