09 April 2018
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has named Latham partners Joseph Calabrese, Kenneth Deutsch and Marvin Putnam as 2018 Power Lawyers in the entertainment trade publication’s list of lawyers who ”guide industry-shaping mergers and deal with high-profile disputes.”
Calabrese and Deutsch are transactional partners and Putnam is a litigation and trial partner in Latham’s global Entertainment, Sports & Media (ESM) Practice. Calabrese and Putnam have been named multiple times to the annual Power Lawyers list.
Calabrese, Global Chair of the ESM Practice, was profiled for advising on deals with global scope for clients such as the International Olympic Committee, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, EuropaCorp, and Skydance Media in a notable transaction with China’s Tencent Media that gave Skydance “access to China’s coveted movie market,” according to THR.
Deutsch was cited as “a go-to for studio execs and producers looking to launch media ventures,” a key feature of his broad transactional practice covering the financing, production, licensing, distribution, and exploitation of entertainment and media assets. THR noted his recent advice on the formation and capitalization of the Russo brothers' AGBO and Doug Belgrad's 2.0 Entertainment, as well advising Netflix in its acquisition of Millarworld and MGM in a distribution joint venture with Annapurna Pictures.
Putnam, Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice in Los Angeles who combines deep litigation experience with keen insight on the entertainment industry, was particularly cited by THR for his recent counsel as “a go-to for studios and networks that need to conduct an internal investigation” — as with #MeToo claims and the fallout from the revelations about Harvey Weinstein's decades of predation.