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Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representation of:

  • Buyers of controlling interests in leading direct broadcast satellite operator and satellite radio services provider
  • Buyer of communications company with regulatory authorizations in the United States and over 20 foreign countries
  • Major investor in multibillion-dollar cable television and broadband merger
  • Buyer of company providing cable and communications services in $1 billion+ transaction
  • Regional sports and national programming services in negotiations with all major distributors, professional baseball and hockey teams, and programming producers
  • Numerous cable, broadband, wireless, satellite communications, fiber, and competitive local exchange companies in general corporate, regulatory, transaction, and litigation matters
  • Numerous independent film production companies from development through to distribution (including securities offerings/fundraising)

Negotiation of:

  • Lucrative recording, publishing, touring, production, and merchandising agreements for musicians and entertainers, as well as agreements for visual artists and museum loans
  • Professional sports, marketing, and endorsement contracts for first-round National Football League draft picks
  • A-list talent, producer, director, and cast/crew agreements through to final distribution and collection account management agreements

Experience in:

  • Handling equity recapitalization and transfer of control of national and local fiber facilities providers
  • Rendering opinion letters under Communications Act and FCC rules for transactions
  • Drafting and revising descriptions of regulatory matters and risk factors for communications and media company filings with SEC
  • Serving as counsel for feature and indie films, feature productions, film investments, and media companies

We help clients 

  • Negotiate and prepare deal documents with distributors, production companies, cast and crew, programming producers, sports teams, and other agencies
  • Structure communications, entertainment, and media transactions and obtain state and federal regulatory approvals
  • Obtain state film and music incentives
  • Draft private placement memorandums and assist companies with respect to maintaining securities exemptions during capital raises
  • Maintain compliance with FCC and state PUC rules
  • Interact with regulators and address regulatory issues and disputes
  • Respond to enforcement actions and cease & desist demands
  • Shape governing rules by participating in rulemakings
  • Launch new programming services and expand distribution of existing services
  • Conclude program distribution agreements with major distributors and license agreements with program producers and sports teams
  • Resolve disputes through arbitration or in court

Interdisciplinary team and collaborative approach

  • Multiple partners and counsel with decades of experience with FCC, state PUC regulators, and other relevant agencies in handling transactions and complying with rules
  • Partners with prior industry experience and a focus on solutions to the real business issues
  • Team-oriented approach backed by rich firmwide resources to provide coordinated and specialized services 

Our team provides business-minded, legal advice to help you expand your business and avoid regulatory pitfalls.

Our clients include

  • One of the largest communications providers in Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America
  • Owner of the leading satellite radio services provider
  • Regional sports and national programming networks
  • Incumbent and competitive local exchange and interexchange carriers
  • Communications tower owners, wireless services providers, and broadcasters
  • Indie film production companies, visual artists, and museums
  • Technology and gaming entities
  • NFL first-round draft picks
  • High-profile musicians and entertainers
  • The largest technology company in the world, by revenue

Nelson Mullins’ Communications, Entertainment & Media team has the right experience to help you manage the challenges of an ever changing, fast paced industry.

  • Industry knowledge specific to you for a tailored approach to transactions
  • Well-developed acquisition practice for a smooth transition
  • Experienced content development and finance professionals
  • Strong relationships with regulators and governmental agencies to address rules that impact your business
  • Thorough approach to dispute resolution

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representation of:

  • Buyers of controlling interests in leading direct broadcast satellite operator and satellite radio services provider
  • Buyer of communications company with regulatory authorizations in the United States and over 20 foreign countries
  • Major investor in multibillion-dollar cable television and broadband merger
  • Buyer of company providing cable and communications services in $1 billion+ transaction
  • Regional sports and national programming services in negotiations with all major distributors, professional baseball and hockey teams, and programming producers
  • Numerous cable, broadband, wireless, satellite communications, fiber, and competitive local exchange companies in general corporate, regulatory, transaction, and litigation matters
  • Numerous independent film production companies from development through to distribution (including securities offerings/fundraising)

Negotiation of:

  • Lucrative recording, publishing, touring, production, and merchandising agreements for musicians and entertainers, as well as agreements for visual artists and museum loans
  • Professional sports, marketing, and endorsement contracts for first-round National Football League draft picks
  • A-list talent, producer, director, and cast/crew agreements through to final distribution and collection account management agreements

Experience in:

  • Handling equity recapitalization and transfer of control of national and local fiber facilities providers
  • Rendering opinion letters under Communications Act and FCC rules for transactions
  • Drafting and revising descriptions of regulatory matters and risk factors for communications and media company filings with SEC
  • Serving as counsel for feature and indie films, feature productions, film investments, and media companies
  • Deep experience in acquisitions by major communications and media companies
  • Transactional expertise from professional sports to independent film production
  • Proactive and cost effective
  • Significant understanding of how to comply with FCC and state PUC regulations
  • Able to work effectively with regulators and deal counsel

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