Kenneth Deutsch is a partner in the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice.
Mr. Deutsch represents clients in the entertainment and media industries, advising on all business and legal aspects relating to the financing, production, licensing, distribution, and exploitation of motion pictures, television programs, and other intellectual property assets. His clients include a broad array of media companies — studios, digital platforms, cable networks, independent production companies, etc. — as well as financial institutions, investment funds, high net worth individuals, and other media and content financiers.
Mr. Deutsch has particular knowledge structuring complex financings and strategic joint venture arrangements, as well as negotiating production, financing, and distribution deals.
Mr. Deutsch has been recognized by a number of publications, including Variety’s “Hollywood’s New Leaders” list, “Dealmakers Impact Report,” and as one of The Best and Brightest in Entertainment Law ("Hollywood Law: Up Next" 2011). He has been referred to as a “Hollywood heavyweight” by The American Lawyer and as a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers for his work in entertainment and sports. He has also been published in Los Angeles Magazine (2012-2013) and named a leading lawyer in Media and Entertainment Transactional Law by Chambers USA (2016-2021).
Mr. Deutsch’s recent experience includes representing:
- Netflix on its acquisition of Millarworld Limited, the comic book publisher behind Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Wanted, in Netflix’s first strategic acquisition, and in its distribution and financing arrangements for various motion pictures
- MGM in structuring its multi-year joint venture with Annapurna Pictures for the domestic distribution of MGM films
- A24 Films in its multi-year output deal with Amazon
- Open Road Films in its sale to Tang Media Partners
- Brad Weston in the formation and capitalization of MAKEREADY, a global content production company with backing from Entertainment One and worldwide distribution by Universal Pictures
- Directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America, Avengers: Infinity War) in their partnership with China's Huayi Brothers Media Corp. to form film and content company, AGBO
- Producer Brian Oliver (American Made, Hacksaw Ridge) on the launch and capitalization of production company New Republic Pictures
- Charles King’s Macro Media in connection with the structuring of its equity film fund and co-financing arrangements for various motion pictures, including Fences and Roman J. Israel, Esq.
- Verizon Corporate Services Group in connection with its acquisition of equity stakes in AwesomenessTV and Complex Media
- Cross Creek Pictures in the formation of its equity film fund, its multi-year co-financing and distribution deal with Columbia Pictures and in its debt and equity financing arrangements for various motion pictures, including American Made, Black Mass, and Hacksaw Ridge
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in its acquisition of a majority stake in certain reality television and other media assets of Mark Burnett (including Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, and The Apprentice) and the formation of the new United Artists Media Group*
- Bank of America in providing revolving, secured senior debt facilities to RatPac Film Fund and WWE Studios*
- Univision Communications in the formation and capitalization of the El Rey and Fusion television networks and in the financing and distribution arrangements for the television series From Dusk Till Dawn*
- Open Road Films in its multi-year output deals with Showtime Networks and Amazon
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in its US$1 billion revolving credit facility administered by JPMorgan Chase
- Participant Media in connection with the structuring, formation, and maintenance of its US$250 million leveraged film fund with ImageNation Abu Dhabi, as well as in connection with its production, financing, and distribution arrangements for various motion pictures, including Deepwater Horizon, Spotlight, A Monster Calls, Lincoln, Contagion, The Help, An Inconvenient Truth, and various others*
- Alliance Films in its distribution arrangements with Lionsgate for library and new film and television product, as well as in its equity and debt financing arrangements for the Insidious and Sinister motion picture franchises*
- DreamWorks Animation in its multi-year output deal with Fox and its subscription video-on-demand output deal with Netflix*
- Spyglass Entertainment in connection with the restructuring of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer*
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the structuring and negotiation of its US$400 million leveraged financing of United Artists Entertainment and the financing of United Artists motion pictures, including single-picture equity co-financings and tax credit financings for the motion pictures Red Dawn, Valkyrie, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Fame*
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham