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Proskauer Rose LLP

11 TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036-8299, USA
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Robert Freeman

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Proskauer Rose LLP

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CORPORATE

Position

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: transactional

Within: Media and entertainment: transactional

Proskauer Rose LLP fields an interdisciplinary team including corporate, private equity, intellectual property and sector experts in media and entertainment industry matters. Key names to note include Robert Freeman and Jeffrey Neuburger, who jointly head the TMT group; head of entertainment and copyright Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks; and corporate transactions partner Lauren Boglivi. Freeman and Boglivi lead advice to Discovery on several transactions, including recently on a strategic alliance with PGA Tour for global multi-platform live media rights outside of the US for all PGA Tour events; with its $120m sale of 90% of the ownership of its Discovery Education business to Francisco Partners; and with a $10m series A financing transaction for Here Be Dragons, a virtual reality production studio. The practice also acted for the founders of music streaming service Saavn in an agreement to combine Saavn’s services with over-the-top platform JioMusic. Hulu, Altice USA and Sony Music Entertainment are all clients. All attorneys are based in New York.

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Outsourcing

Within: Outsourcing

The ‘very educated and cordial’ team at Proskauer Rose LLP has experience advising customers and vendors on evaluating, structuring, negotiating and managing outsourcing projects in sectors that include blockchain technology, healthcare, and media and entertainment. Recently, the practice group advised construction contractor Component Assembly Systems and C/F Data on various technology implementation, licensing and outsourcing agreements, and also handled technology-related outsourcing transactions for internet media company VerticalScope. The New York-based department is led by Jeffrey D. Neuburger (‘an extremely knowledgeable authority in the area of technology and media’), and also includes Robert E. Freeman and Daryn A. Grossman. Senior counsel Paresh Triverdi left the practice in July 2018 for an in-house position.

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Technology transactions

Within: Technology transactions

Proskauer Rose LLP is well known for its extensive asset manager client base, which provides a steady stream of work in the retail, leisure and media industries. Jointly led by New York-based Jeffrey D. Neuburger and Robert E. Freeman, the team is advising Component Assembly and construction industry analytics provider C/F Data on technology licensing and outsourcing agreements, which recently included an investment in a blockchain-based construction company through a SAFE agreement. The firm also advised the internet media company VerticalScope on certain outsourcing, licensing and intellectual property agreements. Also recommended is Daryn A. Grossman, who is also based in New York. Paresh Trivedi left the practice in July 2018 for an in-house role.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Proskauer Rose LLP is highly experienced in broadcast matters, particularly those involving internet broadcasting and content delivery, as well as distribution agreements and issues concerning new broadcast technologies. Robert Freeman heads the practice along with Jeffrey Neuburger, while Lauren Boglivi is the key contact for private equity clients. Freeman and Boglivi recently advised Discovery Inc on its strategic alliance with the PGA tour, concerning the development of a worldwide over-the-top broadcast service, as well as its joint venture with The Enthusiast Network. Other notable matters Freeman has led for the team include negotiating rights and broadcast deals for the Fan Controlled Football League, the renewal of Cox Communication's distribution agreements with Turner Networks, and Major League Soccer streaming deals with Twitter and YouTube. M&A specialist Andrew Kleiman recently advised streaming service Saavn in its combination with over-the-top platform JioMusic. Other notable names in the practice include Frank Saviano, a sports law expert who advises on distribution agreements, and associate Krista Whitaker.

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