Rick Offsay, a partner in the Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice, provides strategic advice to clients across a broad array of transactions.

Mr. Offsay represents strategic industry participants (including studios, production companies, networks / streamers, and digital media startups) as well as financial investors (including private equity, alternative lenders, and high net worth individuals), and other entertainment, sports, and media clients.

He helps clients through all stages of the business lifecycle, from equity and debt financing to strategic arrangements to exit transactions, with particular experience structuring joint ventures. Mr. Offsay leverages broad deal experience and industry understanding to help clients navigate complex transactions.

Mr. Offsay’s experience includes representing:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Allen Media Group in several acquisitions of broadcast television stations
  • Endeavor in multiple acquisitions and dispositions, including its US$775 million sale of a majority interest in Endeavor Content to CJ ENM
  • JTBC in its acquisition of a majority interest in the Wiip production company from CAA
  • Leading media-focused private equity fund in multiple IP library acquisitions
  • Legendary Entertainment in its sale to Dalian Wanda
  • MarVista Entertainment in its sale to Fox Entertainment
  • MGM in its merger with Amazon for US$8.45 billion
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in its acquisition of full ownership of EPIX from Lionsgate, Viacom, and Paramount
  • Silver Lake Partners in its acquisition of TEG, Asia Pacific’s leading live entertainment and ticketing company
  • Sonar Entertainment in its sale to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment
  • Univision Communications in its bankruptcy acquisition of assets of the Gawker Media Group

Strategic Joint Ventures, Company Formation, and Capital Raises

  • Brad Weston in his arrangement with Entertainment One to create Makeready, a global content production company
  • Carlyle Group in its investment in Litmus Music, a platform formed to acquire and manage music assets 
  • Directors Joe and Anthony Russo in the formation and financing of their independent production studio, AGBO
  • Mattel in multiple cross-border strategic investment and joint-venture transactions
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in its formation of production company UAMG with producer Mark Burnett, and its subsequent acquisition of full ownership of UAMG
  • Participant Media in its joint venture with DreamWorks Studios and Steven Spielberg to form Amblin Partners
  • Shamrock Capital in its investment in SaveLive, a live events platform that partners with iconic venues and promoters
  • Silver Lake in its strategic investment in Shadowbox Studios, a premium operator of soundstage facilities 
  • Skydance Media in its capital raise transactions with CJ ENM and Redbird Capital
  • Univision Communications in several joint venture arrangements, including its investment in and media rights arrangement with mixed martial arts promoter Combate Global
  • Warner Bros. in its investments in Spyglass Entertainment and PictureStart, and its joint venture with Universal Pictures to form Studio Distribution Services

Licensing, Co-Financing, and Other Commercial Arrangements

  • Amblin Partners, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Makeready in output distribution arrangements with major studios
  • Illumination Entertainment in its arrangements with Nintendo and Universal Pictures in connection with the upcoming Super Mario film franchise
  • Legendary Entertainment in a wide range of single and multi-project co-production and distribution arrangements
  • Mattel and Tencent Pictures in co-production arrangements with major studios and streaming platforms
  • The International Olympic Committee in connection with major broadcast and new media license agreements
  • Univision Communications in connection with its strategic licensing arrangements with Grupo Televisa
  • Yoozoo Pictures in its arrangements with Netflix for a tentpole sci-fi series

Entertainment Finance

  • A direct lender in a senior secured loan to a leading independent music company
  • Amblin Partners in its senior secured credit facility
  • An international production company in its senior secured and mezzanine financing transactions
  • Boatrocker Studios in its senior secured credit facility
  • HPS Investment Partners in providing debt financing for the investment by CVC in Ligue 1 
  • Legendary Entertainment in numerous senior credit, mezzanine and single project financings
  • Skydance Media in its senior secured credit facility
  • STX Entertainment in its senior secured and mezzanine financing transactions

Certain matters handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • California

Education

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2009
  • BA, Harvard University, 2005