“Widely renowned for its exceptional reputation in cross-border TMT matters across the USA, Europe and Asia.” — Chambers Global 2019: TMT
Our dedicated team is at the forefront of the media and entertainment industry. We help our clients drive their businesses forward by anticipating their needs and tackling the regulatory obstacles and new challenges presented in a digitized era, and by having a thorough understanding of the new business models, disruptive technologies, and innovations that are reshaping the industry.
Our media and entertainment practice supports clients across all of our offices on three continents. With nearly four decades of experience, we regularly advise a wide range of industry players, from major media groups, production and distribution houses, as well as major film studios, to TV broadcasters, VoD and streaming platforms, music labels, investors, gaming companies, innovative media startups, licensors, and individual artists in transactions and at the intersection of technology, digitization, and copyright.
What sets us apart from the competition is our in-depth industry understanding, international framework, and strong global transactional record, combined with our deep knowledge of local markets, enabling us to align standards, facilitate processes, and bring projects to success.
“Best known for its advice on media transactions due to its long expertise and impressively strong track-record.” — Legal 500 Europe 2019: Media & Entertainment
Supporting media stakeholders in growing their business in Germany and around the world, as well as ensuring that their projects are successfully realized, constitutes the core of our offering. Examples of our work include:
“MoFo helps Homeland find a home in Germany … it’s like crossing the bridge making sure that Hollywood standards are adhered to.” — The American Lawyer
We also assist global streaming platforms on their international expansion into Europe and Asia and support them by providing 360° advice regarding regulatory, commercial, transactional, and licensing matters, as well as the production of local language content. We have a strong track record in sports, especially in the acquisition of large broadcasting rights packages (e.g., packages to the UEFA Champions League and Germany’s Bundesliga).
Our internationally renowned film and entertainment practice is the go-to-team for clients who appreciate a hands-on approach, coupled with deep industry knowledge in local and global markets. We are widely connected in the film and entertainment industry and regularly provide comprehensive advice to leading entertainment companies along the whole life cycle of their projects, from financing, funding, and development, to sourcing and licensing of content, to the production and distribution of high-profile feature films and TV shows.
“They understand very quickly case background and can build an action plan very quickly. They are responsive and accessible.” — Client feedback in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019: TMT
In order for our clients to succeed and grow, we need to anticipate and tackle any risks they may encounter. Given our broad cross-border and cross-practice capabilities, we have great insight into the particular risks media companies face today, and we can anticipate the risks that are likely to come tomorrow. This knowledge helps us support our clients and find them the best possible solutions to help them drive their businesses forward, including:
Examples of our work include:
“What’s kept me using them? It’s a combination of very smart attorneys who understand the issues that tech companies face and a practical way of giving advice and solutions.” — Client feedback in Chambers USA 2019: TMT/ IT + Outsourcing
Old tricks won’t open new doors. We get that and understand that this is particularly true in the fast-paced and creative media and entertainment industry. We often assist clients with navigating major tech developments and their implications on the sector. We were among the first firms with a dedicated social media team, which today provides advice on mobile applications, drafts internal guidelines for reviewing online content, and helps with the creation, monitoring, and maintenance of corporate social media pages for media companies. Another example is our advice regarding the implications of 5G on the media sector, whether it is changing consumer-streaming demand on mobile devices or autonomous vehicles becoming an important platform for distributing media content. We are also increasingly involved in matters related to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics and virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) technology as well as e-sports, gaming, audiovisual toy manufacturing, and many other sectors at the intersection of technology, digitization, and copyright. A number of our lawyers lecture on media law at leading international law and business schools and we regularly cooperate with industry associations on thought leadership campaigns. Simply put, we are media and entertainment enthusiasts who always love to pick up and discuss new trends in the industry.
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2015 Law Firm of the Year: Technology Law National: Technology Law (Tier 1) Los Angeles: Technology Law (Tier 1) New York: Technology Law, Information Technology Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: Information Technology Law (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: Technology Law, Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
Chambers Global 2015 Global: Outsourcing Global: TMT USA: Outsourcing
Chambers USA 2015 National: Outsourcing California: IT & Outsourcing New York: Technology & Outsourcing Washington, D.C.: Technology & Outsourcing
Chambers UK 2015 London: Information Technology UK-wide: Outsourcing
Chambers Europe 2015 Europe-wide: Data Protection Germany: TMT: Media
Chambers Asia 2015 China: Technology, Media, Telecoms: International Firms Asia-Pacific Region: Technology, Media, Telecoms
Legal 500 US 2015 Copyright Patent Licensing Technology: Data Protection and Privacy Technology Transactions Technology: Outsourcing
Legal 500 UK 2012 IT & Telecoms Media & Entertainment
Legal 500 Asia 2015 China: TMT: Foreign Firms Hong Kong: TMT
PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook 2011–2012 England: Telecoms & Media United States: Telecoms & Media
IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2012 Recommended in Licensing (UK, USA: California)
Vault.com 2014 Ranked #1 Firm for Technology
“They understand the need to deliver practical and creative solutions that provide appropriate resolutions and advance the business issues.” (Chambers USA 2015)
“They are a great business partner, excellent negotiators, and their privacy folks are just outstanding.” (Chambers USA 2015)
“They have a growing reputation in Asia, and they are a quality outfit globally too.” (Chambers Global 2015)
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