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Schuyler M. Moore

PARTNER, LOS ANGELES



Schuyler M. Moore is a partner in the corporate entertainment department of Stroock, practicing entertainment, corporate, and tax law. Mr. Moore has been practicing in the entertainment industry since 1981, and represents a broad spectrum of clients throughout the entertainment industry, including producers, sales agents, foreign distributors, and financiers, and has handled some of the largest financing transactions in Hollywood.

Mr. Moore has been a mainstay on Hollywood Reporter's "Power Lawyers" list of the top 100 entertainment lawyers in the country, having been honored multiple times over the past few years. He has also been recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal and named one of the National Law Journal's "Most Influential Lawyers." Additionally, he has been consistently listed as one of the top 25 entertainment lawyers by Variety.

Representative Matters

Mr. Moore has represented:

  • Exclusive Media in connection with $100 million of film production financing.
  • Toho-Towa, Kadokawa, and Lotte on their investment in Hemisphere, a $250 million slate financing transaction for large budget studio films including Tin Tin, Men in Black III and Smurfs.
  • Tele-Muenchen in connection with a number of studio output deals.
  • Reliance on its funding of DreamWorks in a $850 million transaction.
  • Hyde Park Entertainment on its $100 million financing transaction with ImageNation.
  • Cyrte on its acquisitions of Spitfire and Newmarket.
  • Aramid Entertainment on over $200 million of film financing transactions.
  • Morgan Freeman on investments in high-tech companies, including ClickStar (a VOD company) and Digiboo (a digital kiosk company).
  • Summit Entertainment on a transaction that converted it from foreign sales agent into a domestic distributor with over $500 million of financing.
  • UTV on its investments in a number of studio films.
  • Producers of Goal!, a $100 million trilogy of soccer films financed by a novel approach of equity investment from advertisers (in this case, Adidas).
  • A video company on a $65 million loan from an investment bank that is structured as a “true sale” to a bankruptcy remote special purpose vehicle.
  • An independent film production company in connection with a $100 million production line of credit (with equity elements) from a large equity fund.
  • A large private equity fund in connection with its purchase of several video companies.

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Listed as one of the top 100 California lawyers by the Daily Journal
  • Listed as one of the top 100 entertainment lawyers by The Hollywood Reporter
  • Named one of The National Law Journal’s Most Influential Lawyers
  • Listed as one of the top 25 entertainment lawyers by Variety
Activities
Publications
Books
  • The Biz: The Basic Business, Legal, and Financial Aspects of the Film Industry, Silman James Press
  • Taxation of the Entertainment Industry, CCH
  • What They Don't Teach You in Law School, William S. Hein & Co.
Articles
  • "9 technology trends that will change the way you watch movies in 2014," Yahoo News, November 18, 2013
  • "5 Ways Hollywood Can Cut Its Taxes," The Hollywood Reporter, May 17, 2013
  • "The Future of Money," Los Angeles Lawyer, May 2013
  • "The Three 3.8% Tax Regimes," Stroock Special Bulletin, January 8, 2013
  • "Do you know your showbiz deal terms?" The Hollywood Reporter, July 1, 2010
  • "Why support the box office futures exchanges?" Hollywood, Esq. - The Hollywood Reporter, April 27, 2010
  • "It's time for everyone to participate in a simpler method of b.o. accounting," The Hollywood Reporter Digital Edition, October 14, 2009
  • "Could a single federal tax credit end the economic war among the states?" The Hollywood Reporter Digital Edition, May 29, 2009
  • "Protecting Interests If Another Company Files for Bankruptcy – Part Two," Entertainment Law & Finance, January 2009, Volume 24 Number 10
  • "Protecting Interests if Another Company Files for Bankruptcy Protection – Part One of a Two-Part Article," Entertainment Law and Finance, December 2008, Volume 24 Number 9
  • "Financing Drama: The Challenges Of Film Financing Can Produce As Much Drama As Takes Place On The Screen," Entertainment Law, 24th Annual Issue, May 2008
  • "Solving the Fight over Union Residuals," Entertainment Law & Finance, September 2007
  • "The Deferred Compensation Time Bomb," Hollywood, Esq. - The Hollywood Reporter, July 10, 2007
Admitted to Practice
California, 1981
Education
J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1981; Order of the Coif
B.A., summa cum laude, University of California - Los Angeles, 1978; Phi Beta Kappa
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