Thomas Glen Leo: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Thomas Glen Leo

Phone310.228.3709

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Practice Areas

  • Entertainment, Technology and Advertising
     
    University Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., Mathematics, 1975; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., Management, 1975; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., Computer Science/Engineering, 1975
     
    Law SchoolUniversity of Southern California, J.D., 1978
     
    Admitted1978, California
     
    Biography

    Mr. Leo is a partner in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group in the firm's Century City office.

    Areas of Practice

    Mr. Leo focuses on entertainment finance, secured transactions and commercial law.

    Mr. Leo has extensive experience representing motion picture studios, production companies and distributors in all types of motion picture and television financing transactions, including multipicture production, financing and distribution arrangements; revolving credit production finance facilities; rights acquisition financings; complex secured distribution arrangements; television license financing and securitization facilities; entertainment-related merger and acquisition financings and working capital lines of credit; complex intercreditor and interparty arrangements; and entertainment finance generally.

    Honors

    •Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2006-2015
    •Top Leading Media and Entertainment Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, 2006-2015
    •The U.S. Best of the Best: Technology, Media and Communications, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
    •Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2007-2015

    Experience

    Transactional Experience

    Film fund transactions representing U.S. major studios, senior lenders, mezzanine financiers and film funds

    Multipicture production, financing and distribution arrangements between production companies and distributors (including major U.S. studios), with production funded through bank funding, distributor funding and various combinations of the two, including related financing, secured transactions and intercreditor arrangements

    Financings of mergers and acquisitions of entertainment companies through senior bank debt, issuances of senior notes and other financings

    Production financing revolving lines of credit for film production companies

    Rights analyses for acquisitions of major motion picture rights

    Custodial, security and arbitration agreements for the collection, accounting and remittance of cross-collateralized streams of revenue in complex motion picture distribution transactions

    Commercial law aspects of strategic entertainment transactions

    Publications & News

    Articles

    •Russian Cinema
    An Economic Overview
    JUST, November 1, 2009
    •The Dirty Dozen - Part 2
    Chain-of-title issues that may arise in the acquisition of rights for the production or development of a motion picture, video game or work dependent upon rights in copyright.
    Daily Journal, September 29, 2009
    •The Dirty Dozen - Part 1
    Chain-of-title issues that may arise in the acquisition of rights for the production or development of a motion picture, video game or work dependent upon rights in copyright.
    Daily Journal, September 22, 2009
    •Chain of Title Review Is a Major Hurdle for Film Investors
    July 20, 2006

    Media Mentions

    •Sheppard Mullin Lands Entertainment Group
    January 27, 2003

    Speaking Engagements

    • An Overview of Motion Picture Co-Production Deals: China-Korea Co-Production Treaty, Busan International Film Festival, October 5, 2014

    Events

    •Breakfast With Your Finance and Bankruptcy Lawyers
    Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy: Assumption and Assignment, Distinctions Between Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks, Distressed Acquisitions and How to Protect Your IP
    Sheppard Mullin New York, June 11, 2013
    •2012 International Film & TV Finance Summit
    The Luxe Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, March 22, 2012
    •2011 International Film & TV Finance Summit
    Presented by BNA/Atlas
    Los Angeles, March 3, 2011
    •2010 New York International Film & TV Finance Summit
    Presented by BNA/Atlas
    New York City, September 27, 2010

     
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    Office Information

    Thomas Glen Leo

    1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600
    Los AngelesCA 90067




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