Mr Michael Hobel > Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Lawyer Profile

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
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Entertainment and Media


Michael S. Hobel is head of Katten’s Entertainment and Media practice and has more than 25 years of experience representing media and entertainment companies in complex transactions, often dealing with valuable intellectual property rights and assets. Michael represents clients on the corporate side of entertainment transactions, including motion picture studios, television networks, film and television distribution companies, and Internet and digital media companies.

Clients call Michael “incredibly effective in driving deals to closure and note his superb overall legal and business expertise” (Chambers USA). He handles matters involving the broadcast of sporting events, video games, merchandising and multimedia, and Internet broadcasts. He also represents companies acquiring, selling and investing in production, distribution and multimedia companies, as well as film and music libraries.

Michael is particularly interested in the convergence of entertainment and technology, and is experienced in transactions involving the Internet and other digital media, including electronic sell-through and video-on-demand transactions. He also counsels entertainment industry executives in connection with their employment contracts and individual talent agreements for film, television and music products, and services and advises companies on management and protection of their trademark and copyright issues.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional

Katten‘s Los Angeles-based practice has particular experience in the entertainment content space, and also handles a range of financing and merchandising transactions. Michael Hobel is advising HBO on a range of matters, including in relation to HBO’s hit Game of Thrones series, licensing and production arrangements, and entertainment finance transactions. Other work highlights include acting for Media North America in connection with the revival of its successful television series American Idol, and advising Debmar-Mercury on the distribution of television series, such as BoJack Horseman and Schitt’s CreekThe group also acts for Paramount Pictures, Starz Media and Hulu, and assisted the latter in contractual negotiations, including those with Legendary for the series The Looming Tower. Susan Grode is another key name to note.