Entertainment

The attorneys in Stroock’s Entertainment Practice Group are recognized leaders in media focused M&A transactions, film and television financing transactions, complex media focused joint venture arrangements, single and multi-property distribution arrangements, and cross-border/tax driven media transactions. 
 
Clients include sources of capital (financial institutions, private equity, hedge funds, family offices and high net worth individuals), major, mini-major, major-independent and new media studios, producers and distributors, as well as broadcast, cable and new media distributors. 
 
Stroock’s Entertainment Practice Group attorneys work closely with their colleagues in other Stroock practice groups in order to provide a seamless, 360 degree approach to client service including intellectual property, tax, employee benefits and executive compensation, corporate, financial restructuring, antitrust, and litigation. 
 
Representative matters include:
 
  • Single Picture Financings: Snowden, Butler, Silence, SpeedHunters, Fifth Floor Up, Solace, Sin City 2, Machete Kills.
  • Slate Deals: Distribution Alliance – Joni Sighvatsson; Hunan Group – Lionsgate, Perfect World – Universal (tax structure); Hemisphere – Sony, Hemisphere – Paramount; Reliance – DreamWorks; Mutual Film Company – Paramount and Universal.
  • Slate Private Placements: Amazing Stories; Bert Marcus Productions; Globalgate; Vendian; Bel Air Slate.
  • M&A: AECG (Music catalog company); Millennium; IM Global; Spitfire.
  • Executive Employment Agreements: Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman–Co-Chairmen Lionsgate film division.
  • Digital/New Media:  Clickstar (early VOD company); Digiboo (download to own kiosks); Opening Weekend (VOD company). 
Stroock’s entertainment attorneys also provide broad counseling and litigation services to corporate clients as well as individual members of the entertainment business.  We have extensive experience in both dispute resolution and high-profile trial and appellate matters.

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Attorneys in this Group


NAME TITLE OFFICE
Christine E. Ellice Associate Los Angeles

Christine E. Ellice
Associate
Los Angeles

Hans H. Hertell Associate Miami

Hans H. Hertell
Associate
Miami

Sally C. James Associate Los Angeles

Sally C. James
Associate
Los Angeles

Crystal Y. Jonelis Associate Los Angeles

Crystal Y. Jonelis
Associate
Los Angeles

Schuyler M. Moore Partner Los Angeles

Schuyler M. Moore
Partner
Los Angeles

Benjamin T. Potter Special Counsel Los Angeles

Benjamin T. Potter
Special Counsel
Los Angeles

Neil J. Sacker Special Counsel Los Angeles

Neil J. Sacker
Special Counsel
Los Angeles

James G. Sammataro Partner Miami
Los Angeles

James G. Sammataro
Partner
Miami
Los Angeles

Daniel C. Shatz Associate Miami

Daniel C. Shatz
Associate
Miami

Ryan D. Webb Associate Los Angeles

Ryan D. Webb
Associate
Los Angeles

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