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Simon Goldberg

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Simons Muirhead & Burton

Work Department

Media Business and Rights and Media.

Position

Partner and head of the commercial media practice, combining traditional film and television production and finance work, and general commercial work for media and publishing companies. Film and tv clients include Blumhouse, Fred Berger, Zig Zag Productions, Edge Investment, 42 M and P, Fresh Start Media and Acorn Productions which manages the Agatha Christie Literary Estate. Publishing clients include Dennis Publishing, LadBible, and Time Out Magazine. Recent work includes working on the film “Teen Spirit” for La La Land producer Fred Berger, various film and tv projects for 42 and acting for Fresh Start Media on various aspects of their deal with Sky.

Career

Trained Simons Muirhead & Burton; qualified, 1989; partner, 1992. Visiting lecturer in Media Studies at Warwick University. Current Trusteeships: The Death Penalty Project Charitable Trust and the Professional Squash Association Foundation.

Publications of note: 
  • LexisNexis®PSL – Protecting a new TV format (Banner Universal Motion Pictures v Endemol Shine Group) – News on 2nd November 2017
  • Publishing industry—payment structures and royalties – Lexis PSL – TMT – Practice notes

Languages

Italian

Member

PACT, Law Society and Royal Television Society.

Education

University of Cambridge, (1984, MA, Classics St Johns College); College of Law, Lancaster Gate, (1986).

Leisure

Member of MCC and Life Fellow of Zoological Society of London; keen squash and bridge player.


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Simons Muirhead & Burton's commercial contracts team is particularly highly regarded for its work in the retail, franchising, media and entertainment, IT/technology and publishing sectors. A significant proportion of the mandates handled by the group, which is led by Simon Goldberg, have an international angle. Maninder Gill, who 'thinks outside the box on all matters', advises on international franchising issues for fashion brands, restaurants and publishers. Marc Sobol, who heads up the firm's sports and broadcasting teams, acts for clients such as Econet Media (the largest telecoms company in Sub-Sahara Africa) and NBC Universal. Another notable individual is Richard Baskind, who handles a wide variety of commercial issues for clients in the music industry, including artists and songwriters, independent record labels and publishers, and industry executives. In 2017, Goldberg, Razwana Akram and senior associate Blaise Gaymer acted for California-based production and finance company Automatik Entertainment in the production, finance and distribution of feature film 'Teen Spirit'. In another matter, Baskind and others advised DJ Alan Walker and MER Recording on an agreement for Walker to be a brand ambassador for the electronic dance label Liquid State (a joint venture between Sony Music and China's Tencent Music). Simon Halberstam, and senior associates James Greenslade and Raoul Lumb, are among other recommended individuals.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Media, technology and events are core sector strengths for Simons Muirhead & Burton’s practice, which is jointly led by Peter Weiss and Simon Goldberg. Highlights included Weiss advising Stagwell UK Holdings, a subsidiary of a US-based digital marketing investment group, on the acquisition of Forward 3D Group, a UK digital marketing agency with subsidiaries located around the world; Neal Hodges acting for Banijay UK on the acquisition of media production company 7Wonder; and Natalie Wright assisting UK property consultancy Investments. The team has a number of corporate finance houses among its clients; Hodges and Weiss acted for Atlantic Leaf on the £71m acquisition of 45% of the units in a Guernsey property unit trust and 50% of the shares in a Guernsey management vehicle. Other clients include PEX Software, First Access Entertainment, Duck Soup Films and Bryter.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Simons Muirhead & Burton¬†regularly handles contentious and non-contentious mandates for media and entertainment sector clients and has significant expertise across film and TV, publishing, sports and music. Simon Goldberg, who is noted for his publishing expertise, and Razwana Akram¬†head the film and TV department, and advised California-based production and finance company Automatik Entertainment and Violet Dreams on the production, finance and distribution of feature film, Teen Spirit. Akram also advised Nutopia on production matters during the development of two proposed series‚Äô for Netflix. Stephen Shotnes¬†heads the film disputes department and defended the Future Film Group on a claim brought by Copthall Ltd regarding the financing of Hollywood film, Odd Thomas. Peter Weiss¬†leads on digital media matters and advised Renowned Films on an investment by US company Critical Content and the sale of its shares owned by Channel 4. Richard Baskind¬†heads the music department and advised Good Soldier Records‚Äô arrangements with Kobalt Label Services for the physical and digital distribution of Good Soldier Records‚Äô repertoire in North, Central and South America; and negotiated an agreement for DJ Alan Walker to become a brand ambassador for electronic dance label, Liquid State. Martin Soames¬†is noted for his publishing expertise and advises Simon & Schuster UK and Penguin Random House on a range of pre-publication clearance issues. The key figures include consultant Alasdair George, who is active in music transactions; Marc Sobol, who leads the broadcasting and sports media department; senior associate Blaise Gaymer, who is active across publishing and digital media work; senior associate Jonny Petch¬†who is ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô; consultant Damien Yare, who recently joined from Warner Music UK; and senior associate James Greenslade, who specialises in film and TV work. Charles Law has left the firm.

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Sport

Within: Sport

Media and commercial expert Marc Sobol heads the group at Simons Muirhead & Burton, which is also experienced in regulatory work and litigation; charity-related matters are another area of activity. Sobol advised European Professional Club Rugby on its award, via auction, of exclusive pay TV rights to BT Sport, including a cross-border media rights licensing agreement. He also advised the client on its sale of free-to-air TV rights in the UK and Ireland. Watford FC instructed Stephen Shotnes on reputation management matters following the English Football League's investigation of the club for alleged financial misconduct. Consultant Laurie Cooke continues to advise British Eventing on sponsorship, marketing and data protection matters. Other clients include Cage Warriors, Total Performance data and the Professional Squash Association Foundation. Simon Goldberg and commercial associate Anne Rose are also active in the sports space.

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