Christopher Chatham is a distinguished entertainment lawyer serving as trusted legal counsel to global icons and entertainment powerhouses across the gamut of sophisticated industry matters.
Frequently recognized as one of the entertainment industry’s top lawyers, Chris advises clients on a variety of matters, including production issues, management strength, deal structuring, new media business, employment matters and other strategic planning, and is the go-to Hollywood dealmaker for consumer brands backed by celebrity influencers.
Additionally, he acts as general counsel to some of entertainment’s most innovative stakeholders—from well-known stars, directors and producers to independent production companies and large corporations. Chris has extensive experience working with these clients on corporate matters, including partnership agreements, joint ventures, venture capital transactions, talent holding deals and licensing agreements, as well as advising on personnel matters.
Chris also has significant experience litigating on behalf of a wide range of businesses. He leverages his entertainment experience to assist clients facing such litigation in state and federal courts as well as arbitration.
Chris’ clients are currently functioning on multiple platforms generating more than 800 hours of television per year (including the #1 syndicated TV talk show), engaged in the development of dozens of pilots, selling more than 40 million books and operating a number of digital platforms with tens of millions of users per month. His impactful work has earned him recognition as a top Hollywood dealmaker from various media publications across the country, including Variety’s Legal Impact Report and the publication’s highly competitive Dealmakers Impact Report, which features the major game-changing deals that have impacted the showbiz landscape. Before starting his career as a lawyer, Chris was a corporate bond trader on Wall Street and a Registered Representative of the National Association of Securities Dealers, coordinating high-profile debt offerings for clients.