O’Melveny Worldwide

Entertainment & Media

From the Golden Age to the Digital Age, O’Melveny offers clients a century of leadership in entertainment and media.

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From the Golden Age to the Digital Age, O’Melveny offers clients a century of leadership in entertainment and media.

Cutting the Cord in College Sports: Increasing Competition and Fan Engagement
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Since the early Hollywood era, O’Melveny has stood at the forefront of entertainment and media law, advising leading figures on the groundbreaking deals and high-profile disputes shaping film, television, and music. We are well known and trusted in all corners of the industry.

Motion picture studios, television and cable networks, production and distribution companies, streaming and internet ventures, video game developers and publishers, record labels and satellite radio, and agencies and talent all turn to us for guidance on the critical issues of the day.

Entertainment and Media Transactions

O’Melveny puts its experience in Hollywood to work every day for its clients. We know the business. Our team of sophisticated, innovative, and commercially savvy practitioners is widely recognized as a world leader in entertainment and media transactions. We bring an informed, diverse, and creative approach to our clients’ every goal, including:

  • company formation, capital raising, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, day-to-day operations, and exit strategies
  • technology and commercial agreements, capital markets transactions, slate finance, and finance involving the acquisition and securitization of music rights
  • commercial licensing arrangements in connection with traditional and digital means of exploitation, theme parks, virtual and extended reality, celebrity and influencer partnerships, fan engagement platforms, and NFTs
  • cross-border joint ventures and other transactions to produce, finance, and distribute content—or to commercialize other premium intellectual property—around the world

Entertainment and Media Disputes & Investigations

Few firms in the US can match the experience and practice depth we bring to complex, high-profile entertainment and media disputes and investigations. Our rich history gives us unique perspective on the entertainment landscape and a keen understanding of the importance of tailoring innovative strategies to the needs of each case or controversy. Our work includes:

  • protecting valuable IP assets in copyright, trademark, and patent litigation
  • defending contract and profit participation disputes and litigation
  • conducting sensitive investigations and handling litigation involving wrongful termination, discrimination, misconduct, executive poaching, and other employment claims
  • defending antitrust claims in consumer class actions, civil litigation, and cases brought by the US Department of Justice
  • resolving disputes involving speech restrictions, defamation, libel, and privacy
21st Century Fox

Prevailed when a California appellate court affirmed a permanent injunction won in the trial court barring Netflix from poaching Fox employees with fixed-term employment contracts.

AT&T and Time Warner

As lead trial counsel for the parties in the DOJ’s challenge to the $85.4 billion merger—the first vertical merger challenge tried to verdict in the US in decades—we helped secure a “sweeping victory” for the defense. 

CJ ENM

Advised Korea’s leading entertainment company in its acquisition of an 80% stake of the scripted business of US-based global premium content studio Endeavor Content for an enterprise valuation of US$850 million.

DirecTV

Scored a decisive victory when the Central District of California granted our motion to compel arbitration in a class action suit accusing DirecTV and the NFL of monopolizing Sunday out-of-market NFL football broadcasts.

First Citizens Bank

Counseled client as sole lead arranger and administrative agent on up to US$95 million in financing toward the relaunch of noted Hollywood film production company Castle Rock Entertainment, headed by director Rob Reiner.

FuboTV

Advised the sports-focused streaming service on its acquisition of Molotov SAS, France’s number one live TV streaming company. For fubo, which previously operated in the US, Canada, and Spain, the deal marked a significant expansion of its reach in Europe. 

Global Financial Services Firm

Represented client as agent and lead bank in US$550 million in debt financing for independent rights management and music publishing company Kobalt Music Group Ltd. for the acquisition of music copyrights. 

Global Music Rights

In closely watched litigation at the intersection of copyright licensing and antitrust law, we successfully resolved what we believe to have been the first challenge to the licensing practices of a dominant performing rights organization. 

Hulu

Achieved a complete victory in defense of a patent infringement case brought by Sound View Innovations. The complaint originally asserted six patents alleged to cover aspects of database management techniques and methods of streaming multimedia data.

Kesha Sebert

Won important victories for the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter in ongoing litigation filed by her former record producer, Lukasz Gottwald (known as Dr. Luke), alleging she breached an exclusive recording agreement and defamed him by accusing him of sexual abuse.

Liberty Media Corp.

Advised on its private offering of US$575 million aggregate principal amount of its 3.75% convertible senior notes due 2028, including notes with an aggregate principal amount of US$75 million issued pursuant to the exercise of an option granted to the initial purchasers, which was exercised in full.

Lionsgate

Counseled the studio on its sale of a controlling interest in Pantaya, a US Hispanic subscription video streaming service, to Hemisphere Media Group.

NBCUniversal

Secured dismissal of a US$2.85 billion defamation suit filed in Tennessee state court by SmileDirectClub. 

Paramount Pictures

Counseled the Hollywood studio in a co-financing deal with New Republic Pictures for ten films.

Sirius XM

Obtained a series of precedent-setting victories on a critical issue in the music industry, allowing Sirius XM and others to play music from recordings created before 1972 for the public without paying record companies.

ViacomCBS

Helped client acquire a 49% stake in film and television studio MIRAMAX from beIN Media Group for a total committed investment of US$375 million.

ViacomCBS Networks International

Advised client in its acquisition of a majority stake in the acclaimed Spanish language content producer Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico from the companies’ founding family and The Walt Disney Company.

The Walt Disney Company

Successfully defended client in a number of high-profile copyright litigation matters involving Zootopia, Predator, The Shape of Water, and others.

Warner Bros.

Successfully defended studio in several large rights litigations, including those involving King Richard, The Conjuring, War Dogs, and The Last Samurai, and in long-running disputes over copyrights to the Superman character and Harry Potter franchise.

Five-time Winner, Media & Entertainment Practice Group of the Year

—Law360

Nine partners named to Variety’s 2023 “Legal Impact Report,” recognizing the top attorneys in the entertainment business who “win for their clients and guide them through industry disruption.”

Two partners named to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2023 “Power Lawyers” list for those “who are settling strife between studios and stars, navigating big-ticket mergers and exploring issues involving NFTs and the metaverse.”

Five partners named to Variety’s 2023 “Dealmakers Impact Report,” which 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.”

Four partners named to Billboard’s 2023 “Top Music Lawyers” list recognizing “the savviest legal counselors in the business.”

One partner named to The National Law Journal’s third annual list of Sports, Gaming & Entertainment Trailblazers, honoring “professionals who are agents of change in their respective practice areas.”

One partner named to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2023 list of “Legal Legends,” a supplemental special feature of the publication’s annual “Power Lawyers” list that “honors entertainment attorneys whose career achievements and contributions to the industry are extraordinary.”

Consistently ranked by Chambers USA in the areas of Media & Entertainment: Transactional in California and Media & Entertainment: Litigation in California

Consistently ranked by The Legal 500 US in the areas of Media & Entertainment: Transactional and Media & Entertainment: Litigation