Entertainment & Media

The Sklar Kirsh Entertainment & Media Practice Group regularly counsels clients in the entertainment and media industry on matters ranging from film, television and digital media development, production, finance, and distribution to complex corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and joint ventures.  The attorneys in our Entertainment & Media Practice Group possess a deep knowledge of the industry and its players as well as significant experience in executing transactions throughout the entertainment and media space.  Three of our partners previously served as General Counsel and/or Head of Business Affairs at entertainment and media companies, which gives them an insider’s view into the needs of our entertainment and media clients and a pragmatic, solution-oriented approach.

Sklar Kirsh’s Entertainment & Media Practice Group’s deep expertise and insider understanding, coupled with our sophisticated corporate practice, enables us to guide our clients through their most significant transactions as well as their bread and butter dealings in producing and exploiting content.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Byron Allen’s, Entertainment Studios, in connection with multiple P&A loans for widely released theatrical motion pictures, including 47 Meters Down and Hostiles.
  • Represented Otter Media (a joint venture between The Chernin Group and AT&T) in establishing a partnership with Reese Witherspoon for a female-focused digital media company.
  • Represented a post-production company in an eight figure acquisition and the related private placement of acquisition financing (notes and equity).
  • Represented Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. in more than 35 domestic and international acquisition, disposition, strategic alliance, and joint venture transactions, including: $68 million acquisition of Ascent Media, disposition of fulfillment services business to Vision Media Management, and EchoStar digital cinema satellite delivery joint venture, in equity investments, including preferred and common equity and warrants, and in multiple refinancings of its first and second lien credit facilities.
  • Represented CRP MB Studios Equipment Holdings LLC (a subsidiary of The Carlyle Group) in connection with their acquisition (through a capital lease) of grip lighting an electrical equipment from Hollywood Rentals.
  • Represented a bank in an eight figure revolving credit and term loan facility for a DVD and Blu-ray distributor.
  • Represented a production company in connection with co-financing agreements.
  • Represented producers and theatrical distributors in the sale and acquisition of domestic release films.
  • Represented producers and a studio negotiating domestic and international theatrical distribution agreements.
  • Represented a motion picture studio in the purchase of a film library from another studio, advising on chain of title and copyright issues.
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  • “After vetting out numerous M&A firms, picking Sklar Kirsh proved to be the best business decision I have made in my career. Their attention to detail, focus on my personal needs and the friendship I built through the process made the overall experience world class.”
    — Jarrod Dogan, CEO of Hybrid Promotions, LLC

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