Bruce Tobey


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Bruce Tobey is a highly regarded entertainment transactions lawyer with more than a decade of executive experience. Bruce’s practice covers 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.

Bruce is the former Chief Operating Officer of CBS Films, which he helped found, and oversaw all aspects of its motion picture development, production, and distribution businesses and operations. His executive duties included the negotiation of all of the company’s strategic agreements, including key distribution and production arrangements.


Honors & Awards

  • Named to the Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Power Lawyers list (2015, 2020)
  • Recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” in Banking, Industry Sector: Entertainment, and Mergers & Acquisitions by IFLR1000 (2019 - 2021)
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in Media & Entertainment: Transactional in California by Chambers USA (2019-2022)
  • Named a “Dealmaker” by Variety (2014-2021)
  • Selected for inclusion in Variety’s Legal Impact Report (2018, 2020)
  • Recognized by Variety magazine for excellence in the area of entertainment law (2013, 2015, 2018)
  • Named a leading lawyer for Media, Technology and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional by Legal 500 (2013, 2017-2018), recommended for Media, Technology and Telecoms: Media and Entertainment (2019), recommended (2020) and leading lawyer (2021-2022) for Media & Entertainment: Transactional
  • Named a “Dealmaker” by The Hollywood Reporter (2017)


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1984
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1981

Press Releases

O’Melveny Practices, Lawyers Highly Ranked by The Legal 500 US 2022

June 14, 2022

O’Melveny Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2022

June 8, 2022

Variety Names Eight O’Melveny Partners to its 2022 “Legal Impact Report”

April 20, 2022

O’Melveny Advises Starz in Starzplay Arabia Acquisition by Abu Dhabi Consortium

March 31, 2022

Variety Names Four O’Melveny Partners to 2021 Dealmakers Impact Report

December 8, 2021

O’Melveny Practices, Lawyers Highly Ranked by The Legal 500 US 2021

June 28, 2021

O’Melveny Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2021

May 25, 2021

O’Melveny Advises Lionsgate in Hemisphere Media Group Acquisition of Video-on-Demand Service Pantaya

May 11, 2021

Variety Names Twelve O’Melveny Partners to its “2021 Legal Impact Report”

April 9, 2021

Variety’s 2020 Dealmakers Impact Report Recognizes Four O’Melveny Partners

December 10, 2020

O’Melveny Represents New Sports Content Studio game1

July 20, 2020

Twelve O’Melveny Partners Named To Variety’s “Legal Impact Report”

July 14, 2020

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