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Robert Freeman is a partner in the Corporate Department, co-head of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group and a member of the Sports Law Group. He helps lead a team of media, sports and entertainment lawyers representing clients such as Time Warner Cable, Discovery Communications, and others. Rob focuses on the negotiation of rights agreements, programming distribution agreements, agreements relating to content production and distribution across broadband, wireless, and other media platforms, joint ventures and strategic alliances, technology development, procurement and services agreements, and sports licensing arrangements. Rob is also the editor of the Firm’s Three Point Shot sports law newsletter. Rob is a former member of The Executive Council’s Media & Entertainment Board.

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Proskauer Rose LLP’s experience in content distribution deals was evident in its recent work; the team advised Altice on the renewal of its distribution agreements with Disney and EPSN Media Networks and acted for Major League Soccer on a distribution deal with Facebook to stream regular season games on Facebook Live. Other transactional work for the department included advising Hulu on the launch of its live subscription television service, assisting Discovery Communications with a joint venture agreement with The Enthusiast Network, and handling the acquisitions of NBC- and Fox Network-affiliated television stations for Bain Capital Credit. Robert Freeman is the key name for transactions, while Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks focuses on music litigation; she represented Lady Gaga in a copyright infringement case brought by a French sculptor who claims the Born This Way album cover infringes several of her works, and acted for Madonna in a copyright lawsuit relating to Vogue, which plaintiffs allege uses unauthorized samples. Other noteworthy practitioners include litigator Alexander Kaplan and senior counsel Paresh Trivedi. All attorneys are based in New York.

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Within: Outsourcing

Proskauer Rose LLP has ‘an outsourcing team that understands both the technology and the underlying business’. Jeffrey Neuburger in New York has focused on outsourcing for more than 30 years and is co-head of the TMT practice along with Robert Freeman. The firm advises both vendors and buy-side clients in a range of industries including retail, financial services and leisure. It is one of the leading players in emerging areas such as blockchain technology, which could have major implications for the outsourcing market. Neuburger recently advised Time, which is one of the largest branded media companies in the world, on a large-scale advertising sales outsourcing agreement. He also counts JPMorgan Chase, construction industry contractor Component Assembly, construction industry analytics provider C/F Data, and website development company VerticalScope among his clients.

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Technology: transactions

Within: Technology: transactions

Proskauer Rose LLP advises clients on technology transactions involving the retail, financial services, and arts and leisure sectors, as well as sports and media; and the practice’s scope includes the implementation of blockchain, biometrics, big data and other emerging business technologies. The New York-based heads of the technology, media and telecoms group are Jeffrey Neuburger - who acted for construction industry contractor Component Assembly and construction industry analytics provider C/F Data in a variety of technology implementations, licensing agreements and outsourcing agreements - and Robert Freeman; and Paresh Trivedi is a highly rated senior counsel. Los Angeles’ Jonathan Benloulou led advice to Sotera Defense Solutions, a national security technology company, in its $235m sale to cybersecurity firm KeyW Corporation.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Proskauer Rose LLP works on transactions involving traditional and digital broadcasting platforms, and its clients include broadcasting companies, private equity houses and sports associations. Practice co-head Robert Freeman has extensive experience in media and entertainment-related transactions, and recently assisted Hulu with the launch of its live television service as well as assisted Discovery Communications with its $100m minority investment in Group Nine Media. He also handled fuboTV’s contentment distribution agreement with the New England Sports Network. Fellow practice head Jeffrey Neuberger focuses on transactions in the technology, media and advertising sectors. Corporate partner Gary Creem advised Bain Capital Credit on its portfolio company Bayou City Broadcasting Lafayette’s acquisition of the stations KADN-TV and KLAF-LD from Nexstar Broadcasting. Senior counsel Paresh Trivedi is also a key figure and has notable expertise in broadcasting and communications transactions. Since publication, Ori Soloman has moved to Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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