Four O’Melveny Partners Named to Variety’s 2022 Dealmakers Impact ReportDecember 08, 2022
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CENTURY CITY—December 8, 2022—O’Melveny partners Amy Siegel, Lindsay Conner, Bruce Tobey, and Silvia Vannini have been named to Variety’s 2022 Dealmakers Impact Report. The annual special report honors “entertainment’s top lawyers, financiers, entrepreneurs, and executives working across film, TV, digital, music, and live performance” who are behind “any transaction that has had a true impact on the industry.”
Variety recognized the O’Melveny team for their combined achievements in 2022, including:
• representing Disney and Marvel Studios in a long-term licensing contract with the Stan Lee Universe;
• advising global streaming platform Starz on its sale of a majority stake in Starzplay Arabia to an Abu Dhabi-based consortium;
• counseling Australian animation studio Animal Logic in its acquisition by Netflix;
• advising Korean entertainment company CJ ENM on acquiring an 80% stake of Endeavor Content.
“Unfortunately, one of the biggest challenges for our industry in the next year or two directionally will likely be the uncertainty in the broader economy and specifically the inability to reliably model entertainment assets,” Vannini said. “More endogenous issues like the looming work stoppage with the Writers Guild of America will only compound the market murkiness.”
Variety has featured O’Melveny partners in its Dealmakers Impact Report every year for more than a decade, noting that they “understand the nuances of the rapidly evolving international entertainment market.”
Amy Siegel, Co-Head of O’Melveny’s Entertainment, Sports and Media Industry Group, represents motion picture studios, television networks, distribution and production companies, sports organizations and other media clients in all business and legal aspects relating to the acquisition, financing, exploitation and management of media-related assets. Siegel focuses her practice primarily on complex commercial licensing arrangements, with expertise in the use of intellectual property rights. She also advises clients on the creation of strategic alliances.
Lindsay Conner focuses his practice on film, television, and digital content. He has served as chief outside entertainment counsel for major film studios and television networks, global telecommunications companies, film and television production and distribution companies, rights owners and content owners, and digital media companies, as well as for banks, financial institutions, private equity funds and high-net-worth investors.
Bruce Tobey advises on all aspects of production, distribution, financing, and licensing of feature film and television productions as well as digital media. He also provides strategic and operational advice to investors and companies in both traditional and new media. Tobey is a former Executive Vice President at Paramount Pictures and the former Chief Operating Officer of CBS Films.
Silvia Vannini advises public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate matters, including corporate governance, both in and out of the entertainment industry. She regularly represents private equity funds, domestic and foreign companies, motion picture studios, television networks as well as entrepreneurial clients on a wide range of corporate transactions.
O’Melveny has been synonymous with entertainment law since Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s. The firm has repeatedly helped major players in film, television, digital media, production and distribution, gaming, music, and finance forge groundbreaking deals and resolve high-profile disputes. As shifting financial models and technological advances transform today’s entertainment and media business, O’Melveny remains a firm of choice for industry leaders.
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