• 11.16.17

    Disney Sets Strict Release Terms for New Star Wars Film

    Manatt’s Lindsay Conner, co-chair of the firm’s entertainment and media practice, was quoted by CGTN America on the Walt Disney Co.’s release terms for The Last Jedi. The publication explained that in order to show the latest Star Wars installment, U.S. theaters are required to ...

  • 11.09.17

    Tencent Says Video Games Could Be Next for Snapchat

    Reuters quoted Manatt’s Lindsay Conner, co-chair of the firm’s entertainment and media practice, on Tencent’s recent investment in Snapchat owner, Snap Inc. According to the article, Snap disclosed that Chinese investment company Tencent had purchased 145.8 million of its shares ...

  • 11.07.17

    $1B China-Hollywood Partnership Falls Through

    The Los Angeles Times quoted Manatt’s Lindsay Conner, co-chair of the firm’s entertainment and media practice, on the collapse of a major China-Hollywood film deal. In January, Hollywood’s Paramount Pictures announced a $1 billion film financing deal with China’s Huahua ...

  • 11.02.17

    Indie Publishing Leads Songwriter Catalog Market

    Billboard interviewed Manatt’s Gary Gilbert and Charles Biederman, co-chairs of the firm’s music practice, for an article on the current songwriter catalog market. According to the publication, songwriters can sell their catalogs containing hits for ten to 16 times the net publishing ...

  • 11.01.17

    Manatt Recognized as Music Law Firm of the Year for 2018

    U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have selected Manatt as the Law Firm of the Year in the category Entertainment Law – Music as part of the 2018 Best Law Firms rankings. Manatt’s entertainment and media practice has ranked nationally in Tier 1 since the inaugural Best Law ...

  • 11.01.17

    U.S. News, Best Lawyers Recognize Manatt Practices as Top in Nation

    Manatt practices earned nine Tier 1 national designations and 25 Tier 1 metropolitan designations in the 2018 Best Law Firms guide, an annual ranking in which U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers analyze the country’s top law firms. In addition, Manatt was recognized as Law Firm of ...

  • 11.01.17

    The Hollywood Reporter Names Conner a Dealmaker of the Year

    Manatt’s Lindsay Conner, co-chair of the firm’s entertainment and media practice, was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the top 20 dealmakers in 2017. The second annual list highlights the negotiators behind this year’s biggest and most complex deals in the evolving ...

  • 10.20.17

    Music Business Buttons Up as Harvey Weinstein Falls

    Manatt’s Charles Biederman, co-chair of the firm’s music practice, spoke with Billboard about the music industry’s corporate policies in light of recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein. While allegations against Weinstein and other powerful figures in Hollywood continue to ...

  • 10.20.17

    What Kaepernick’s NFL Grievance Needs in Order to Succeed

    Manatt’s Robert Jacobs, co-chair of the firm’s entertainment, sports and media litigation practice, was interviewed by the Daily Journal on the legal strategy surrounding Colin Kaepernick’s NFL grievance. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback—now known for creating the ...

  • 10.19.17

    Perfect World Secures Additional Funding for Universal Slate

    Beijing-based Perfect World Pictures, advised by Manatt, closed a credit facility with East West Bank and JPMorgan to capitalize the second phase of its ongoing five-year slate finance agreement with Universal Pictures. The credit facility deal received press coverage from The Hollywood ...