Latham partners Joseph Calabrese, Marvin Putnam, Nancy Bruington, Ken Deutsch, Justin Hamill, and Rick Offsay have been honored by Variety magazine in its annual Legal Impact Report for their industry leadership and recent work in the firm's Entertainment, Sports & Media (ESM) Practice. The Legal Impact Report recognizes legal advisers who have successfully navigated high-profile deals and disputes in the entertainment industry during the past year.
Variety describes the group as “legal eagles that made massive deals and litigated thorny disputes for entertainment industry clients, studios and networks."
Calabrese, Global Chair of the ESM Practice, was recognized for his service providing clients around the globe with experienced perspective on a full spectrum of film, television, sports and content-related business transactions, while advising long-time clients and major independent film and distribution companies such as A24 Films, Disney, Miramax Films, Sonar Entertainment, Skydance Media, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Westbrook Inc.
Putnam, Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation & Trial Practice in Los Angeles, was highlighted for representing the Association of Talent Agents in its ongoing battle over packaging fees between Hollywood agents and the Writers Guild of America; the guild sued the four major talent agencies in April 2019, prompting some writers to fire their agents.
Bruington, Deutsch, Hamill and Offsay were honored as a transactional team and for their efforts in representing industry clients that include Revolution Studios in a multi-year license of home entertainment rights of Revolution films to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Endeavor in its high-profile attempted initial public offering; and A24, MGM,
Anonymous Content, Media Res Studio, STX Entertainment, Content Partners, Participant Media, Warner Bros., PictureStart, Skydance Media and Platform One Media on myriad other deals.