Silvia Vannini


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Silvia 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, including company formation and structuring, acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, strategic alliances, financings, and dispositions.



  • English 
  • French 
  • Italian
  • German 
  • Spanish

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by IFLR1000 as a “Notable Practitioner” (2018-2021)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 US as “Next Generation Lawyer” in Media, technology and telecoms: Media and entertainment (2018-2021)
  • Selected for inclusion in Variety’s Legal Impact Report (2018, 2020)
  • Named a Variety “Dealmaker” (2018-2021)
  • Selected by the Daily Journal to its “Top Women Lawyers” list (2018)
  • Super Lawyers: Southern California Entertainment Law Rising Star (2015-2018)
  • Recognized by Variety magazine in its “Women’s Impact Report” as among the leading women in entertainment (2017)
  • Named to Variety’s “Up Next” Legal Impact Report (2015)
  • Super Lawyers: Southern California M&A Law Rising Star (2014)
  • Public Counsel Recognition: Outstanding Pro Bono Contributions


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • University of Michigan Law, J.D.: cum laude; Notes Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • University of Bologna, Ph.D., Philosophy: highest distinction
  • University of Bologna, B.A., Philosophy: summa cum laude

Professional Activities


  • “The Streaming Media Arms Race and Brewing Cold War With Europe,” Bloomberg Law (October 2019)
  • “Critical Issues in Entertainment M&A Due Diligence,” Corporate Counsel (May 2013)


  • Entertainment Finance Forum, “Equity Evolved: Approaches to Smarter Film Finance” (March 2015)

Representative Entertainment Industry Transactions

  • Represented leading global media and entertainment company ViacomCBS in its acquisition of a 49 percent stake in MIRAMAX
  • Represented independent distribution, acquisition, co-production and feature film financing entity FilmDistrict in its sale to entertainment finance company Content Partners
  • Represented 20th Century Fox TV in the purchase of Dan Fogelman’s participation in the hit TV show This Is Us in connection with his new five-year deal with Fox
  • Represented Raine Group in its investment in VideoAmp, Inc., a company focused on optimizing cross-platform advertising
  • Represented Shamrock Capital Advisors in several library acquisitions
  • Represented Starz Play in establishing a strategic alliance with E-Vision, a wholly-owned subsidiary of multinational Emirati based telecommunications company Etisalat
  • Represented Lionsgate in the sale of its stake in premium pay television network EPIX to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • Represented Good Universe in the negotiation of its sale to Lionsgate
  • Represented Imagine Entertainment in the formation of a TV co-financing venture with TVB Venture Investment, LLC, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB)
  • Represented Warner Bros. in acquisition of Machinima, a video entertainment network for gamers
  • Represented DMG Entertainment in definitive agreement to purchase Eastern Broadcasting Company
  • Represented Revolution Studios in its acquisition of several pictures from Tango Films
  • Represented Revolution Studios in in its acquisition of the movie library of Cold Spring Pictures from an affiliate of Lone Star Capital
  • Represented Starz Entertainment in international joint venture for creation of an OTT over-the-top) entertainment platform launched as “Starz Play” in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Represented Metro Goldwyn Mayer Inc. in the acquisition of a majority interest in Mark Burnett's One Three Media and LightWorkers Media, to be consolidated into new media venture United Artists Media Group
  • Represented Legendary Entertainment in the $350 million equity investment by SoftBank Corp. and other existing investors, with an option for an additional $750 million investment over the next several years
  • Represented Legendary Entertainment in its acquisition of Asylum Entertainment, an Emmy Award-winning television production company
  • Represented British Sky Broadcasting Group in its acquisition of a majority stake in ZJTV LLC, a recently formed non-scripted television production company
  • Represented FilmDistrict in numerous corporate transactions including its strategic transaction with Focus Features
  • Represented David Goldberg in the launch of Banijay Studios North America, a Los Angeles-based television production company, in partnership with Banijay Group
  • Represented Activision, Inc. in its $18.9 billion business combination with Vivendi Games
  • Represented several independent production companies in their structuring and capital raising from private equity and other investors
  • Represented private equity investors, venture funds, entertainment and media companies and individual investors in their entertainment and media investments

Other Representative Transactions

  • Represented Clarity Partners affiliated entity in sale of assets to Peak Oil Holdings
  • Represented NASDAQ-listed Electronics for Imaging, Inc., an international company based in Silicon Valley that specializes in printing technology, in its acquisition of Italy-based Reggiani Macchine SPA and California-based Corrugated Technologies, Inc.
  • Represented private equity fund Clarity Partners in the sale of its portfolio company Naylor, LLC, an outsourced business and communications services company, to RLJ Equity Partners
  • Represented H&Q Korea, a Seoul-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of a 49% stake in the South Korean subsidiary of Monster Worldwide
  • Represented United Online, Inc. in its $800 million acquisition of FTD Group, Inc.
  • Represented JAKKS Pacific, Inc., a multi-line and multi-brand toy company, in its defense against a hostile take-over
  • Represented Nationwide Health Properties, Inc., a leading seniors housing and healthcare real estate investment trust, in its merger with Ventas, Inc. in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $7.6 billion
  • Represented Wild Oats Markets in its approximately $700 million sale to Whole Foods Market, Inc.
  • Represented underwriters in connection with several multi-million dollar IPOs (initial public offerings) of European and Asian Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange