Media and Entertainment

Our lawyers regularly handle some of the highest-profile transactions in the media, entertainment, communications and technology sectors. We have closed first-in-class deals in the acquisition of television production companies, and represent investors in financing arrangements for advertising, television production and content distribution on YouTube and other alternative platforms. We provide strategic counseling to traditional media companies in developing their digital and emerging media strategies, bringing streaming services to market, representing talent in groundbreaking deals with Netflix, and restructuring communications and media companies across multiple jurisdictions.

M&A

Over decades of work, our lawyers have handled a number of high-profile deals in the media, communications, technology and financial sectors. We represent acquirers, targets and investors in multibillion-dollar and middle-market transactions, focusing on domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, and restructuring and reorganizations. Our team also guides clients through acquisitions and dispositions of television production and new media companies, alternative viewing platforms and technology companies.

Debt Finance

McGuireWoods’ nationally recognized syndicated finance team represents lenders, investors and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions. We have a long history representing financial institutions in providing credit to companies of all sizes and credit profiles — from established, investment-grade companies to leveraged and early-stage businesses.

Our team has particular experience handling financings on behalf of broadcasters, publishers of new and traditional media, AM/FM radio cable services providers, developers of Internet content, delivery services and interactive gaming, and other diversified entertainment enterprises.

Litigation

McGuireWoods litigators have represented media companies — newspapers, television stations, radio stations, magazines, book publishers and, more recently, publishers of online content and hosts of social media sites — in the full scope of legal issues relating to their businesses.

We counsel our media clients and represent them in court on the full range of issues they face, including pre-publication and pre-broadcast review, defamation and privacy claims, access to state and federal courts and court records, resisting subpoenas and search warrants, prior restraints against publication and gag orders on trial participants, access to public records under state statutes and the federal Freedom of Information Act, right of publicity, and print, broadcast and Internet-related advertising issues.

Intellectual Property

The experienced lawyers of McGuireWoods’ national intellectual property practice help clients develop, protect and exploit commercially valuable ideas and information, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. As the use of social media as a business tool continues to grow, we also advise clients on advertising and sweepstakes, website audits and content review, data privacy, and licensing issues for entertainment products and services.

Our lawyers have practiced before various federal trial and appellate courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels, the Copyright Royalty Board and state courts.

Private Wealth Services

Members of our nationally recognized private wealth services team regularly represent artists and producers in the entertainment industry. Our experience includes counseling in all facets of personal and business planning, including representation in recording and producing contracts with major labels, publishing rights and privacy issues.

Sports

McGuireWoods has served sports industry clients for over 30 years, and as the industry has grown into a complex, multinational business spanning a wide range of new and emerging platforms, we’ve been there every step of the way. We have four major areas of expertise in sports law, including landmark major league financing deals, major league sports marketing deals, major endorsement and player deals, and sports industry mergers and acquisitions.

Digital Media

In today’s digital age, it has never been more important to have attorneys well-versed in the top issues affecting the industry. Our team marries industry-specific technical depth with the inherent legal needs of doing business in a global marketplace, including transactional matters, litigation, IP creation and protection, data privacy and security, and regulatory issues.

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CONTACTS

Eric W. Cowan Partner T: +1 410 659 4446
Scott E. Westwood Partner T: +1 412 667 7989
Robin Cooke Vance Partner T: +1 804 775 1071
Richard S. Grant Partner T: +1 310 315 8234
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KIA Signs Blake Griffin to Multiyear Sponsorship Deal

Representation of Kia Motors, an international automobile manufacturer, in a multiyear services and endorsement agreement with NBA superstar Blake Griffin
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KIA Signs Endorsement Deal with Lebron James


Representation of Kia Motors, an international automobile manufacturer, in a long-term sponsorship and endorsement deal with NBA superstar Lebron James.
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Wasserman Media Acquires The Sports Syndicate

Representation of Wasserman Media Group, a leading global sports, entertainment and lifestyle company, in its transaction with The Sports Syndicate, one of the world’s most respected action sports and Olympic athlete management and marketing agencies.
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Wasserman Media Adds Legendary Golfer’s Event Management Firm to Portfolio

Representation of Wasserman Media Group, a leading global sports, entertainment and lifestyle company, in its acquisition of Greg Norman Production Company (GNPC) from Greg Norman, the legendary golfer.
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Defense of Cable and Satellite Provide Against Copyright Infringement

Representation of the largest cable and satellite provider in the region that makes up the former Yugoslavia, defending against claims that it was committing copyright infringement by broadcasting Bosnian-language programming in the United States. After a significantly favorable first round of discovery greatly limiting plaintiff’s claims and ability to claim damages, plaintiff agreed to drop its case, and our client was able to buy the entire business of plaintiff at a substantial discount.  
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$142 Million Sale of Newspaper Business

Representation of an independent, publicly owned communications company in its $142 million sale of 63 daily and weekly newspapers as well as digital assets and its commercial printing businesses to a private equity firm.
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Digital Television Network Receives $20 Million in Financing

Representation of a venture capital investor in its $20 million Series B venture financing in a company that owns and operates a new digital television network for the McDonald's chain.
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Defense of Multinational Mass Media Corporation

Representation of a U.S.-based multinational mass media corporation, in pro se civil action for allegedly allowing files to be downloaded on a subscriber’s computer. The judge sustained our client's demurrer and granted its plea in bar at oral argument, dismissing all claims against our client with prejudice.
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Digital Video Compression Company Makes $45 Million Cross-Border Acquisition

Representation of a leading digital video compression company in its $45 million acquisition of a Finland-based provider of video technology for mobile devices.
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Lebanese Television and Media Group Enters JV with Middle Eastern Prince

Representation of a Lebanon-based television and media group in its joint venture with a Middle Eastern prince.
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Mike Adams Michael J. Adams
Partner - Not admitted in North Carolina, motion for admission in North Carolina pending; admitted in Virginia
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 704 373 8847
F: +1 704 444 8747
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T:+1 703 712 5135
F: +1 704 444 8747

Debo Adesina Debo O. Adesina
Senior Counsel
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6416
F: +1 469 372 3883
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Eric Cowan Eric W. Cowan
Partner
500 East Pratt Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-3169

T: +1 410 659 4446
F: +1 410 659 4546
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Andi Daly Andriana Shultz Daly
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 7512
F: +1 804 440 7727
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Tristan Freeman Tristan Freeman
Associate
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7026
F: +1 212 715 6274
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Scott L Glickson Scott L. Glickson
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 321 7652
F: +1 312 698 4585
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Steve Gold Steve Gold
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 321 7664
F: +1 312 698 4583
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Seth Goldsamt Seth T. Goldsamt
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2162
F: +1 212 715 6267
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Rakesh Gopalan Rakesh Gopalan
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2275
F: +1 704 805 5026
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Richard S Grant Richard S. Grant
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8234
F: +1 310 956 3134
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T. Craig Harmon T. Craig Harmon
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1097
F: +1 804 698 2074
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Karl Hemingway Karl Hemingway
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1647
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Junine Johnson Junine K. Johnson
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2023
F: +1 704 353 6189
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Matthew C Kane Matthew C. Kane
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 310 315 8295
F: +1 310 956 3195
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T:+1 415 844 1945
F: +1 415 844 1923

C. Andrew Konia C. Andrew Konia
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215

201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 703 712 5071
F: +1 704 444 8834
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T:+1 704 343 2070
F: +1 704 444 8834

Bradley R Kutrow Bradley R. Kutrow
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2049
F: +1 704 343 2300
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Amy B Manning Amy B. Manning
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 8904
F: +1 312 558 4386
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Kevin A McGinnis Kevin A. McGinnis
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2068
F: +1 704 444 8740
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Branden Moore Branden P. Moore
Associate
Tower Two-Sixty
260 Forbes Avenue
Suite 1800
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7908
F: +1 412 667 7979
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James F Neale James F. Neale
Partner
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2582
F: +1 434 980 2263
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Brad Newberg Brad R. Newberg
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5061
F: +1 703 712 5187
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Anne Peterson Anne S. Peterson
Counsel
Tower Two-Sixty
260 Forbes Avenue
Suite 1800
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7910
F: +1 412 667 7969
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Jeffrey Rothschild Jeffrey L. Rothschild
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7086
F: +1 212 715 6291
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William I Sanderson William I. Sanderson
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 202 857 1743
F: +1 202 828 2961
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T:+1 804 775 4717
F: +1 804 698 2212

Robin Cooke Vance Robin Cooke Vance
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1071
F: +1 804 698 2007
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