An unprecedented 11 Latham & Watkins attorneys in the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media (ESM) Group have been honored by Variety in its annual Legal Impact Report which profiles “top showbiz attorneys [who] score wins for their clients and make deals to keep them ahead of the curve.” Partners Nancy Bruington, Ken Deutsch, Rob Ellison, Andy Gass, Kendall Johnson, Rick Offsay, Marvin Putnam, Jessica Stebbins Bina, Laura Washington, and Jonathan West and associate Omeed Anvar were all featured in the 2023 Legal Impact Report for their lead strategic roles advising clients across film, television, music, sports, and digital.
The transactional attorneys honored by Variety – led by Deutsch, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice, with Bruington, Johnson, Offsay, West, and Anvar – were recognized for their ongoing corporate dealmaking across a spectrum of clients in film, television, music, sports, and talent. Their profiles in Variety cited work ranging from advising Mediawan in its acquisition of a significant stake of Brad Pitt’s Plan B, to advising Charles D. King’s MACRO in its strategic funding round. Other high profile clients cited in the annual feature include, A-Frame Brands, Anonymous Content, Blumhouse, D’Amelio Brands, FIFA World Cup, MGM, Monroe Capital, New Republic Pictures, Ryan Seacrest, Searchlight Capital, Shamrock Capital Advisors, Silver Lake, Skydance Media, and Spotify.
The honored litigation team – led by Putnam, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Industry Group, with Gass, Ellison, Bina, and Washington – was recognized for advising on an impressive roster of headline making cases, including defending Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, and Larry David in a lawsuit related to their roles in advertising for FTX and the team’s work with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts asserting fair use before the US Supreme Court. Other clients noted include Beyoncé/Parkwood Entertainment, Endeavor, concert promoter First Access Entertainment, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and ICM Partners.