The Curtis entertainment practice has considerable expertise handling complex transactions in the sector, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution agreements, finance, commercial contracts and the development, licensing and distribution of content and distribution technology.
Our clients range from emerging companies to established global brands and strategic and financial investors, and encompass a broad range of industry subsectors, including broadcast and cable television, publishing, the internet, wireless, motion pictures, home entertainment, advertising and publishing. The group counsels media and entertainment companies as well as investment funds in all aspects of their businesses and advises investors in buying, selling and investing in these industries.
The team is particularly active in both the entertainment and technology industries, advising on distribution deals, technology standards, licensing and patents.
The range of services provided by the group includes:
- Digital production
- Content and technology in matters related to website development
- Content acquisition and licensing
- Clearance issues
- Content syndication
- Strategic alliances
- Software development and licensing
- Product licensing, development and distribution
- Software licensing
- Hardware acquisition
- Network aggregation
- Employment matters
Our litigators have long represented media and entertainment clients in litigation and arbitration over:
- Contractual rights
- Copyright and trademark
- Unfair competition
- False advertising
- Restructuring and insolvency services
Curtis contributed to a white paper on the Brazilian television industry which was part of the series The Business of Television in the Emerging Markets: Brazil, Russia, India and China. The entertainment team’s multidisciplinary structure is integrated across offices and practice groups, ensuring a consistently high level of service and the full benefit of the firm’s expertise and global reach.
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