Joseph A. Calabrese > Latham & Watkins LLP > Century City, United States > Lawyer Profile

Latham & Watkins LLP
10250 CONSTELLATION BOULEVARD
#1100
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90067
United States
Joseph A. Calabrese photo

Work Department

Joe Calabrese is Chair of the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice. Mr. Calabrese advises clients on the creation, operation and financing of entertainment and media companies, including negotiating complex distribution and licensing agreements, mergers and acquisitions and structured finance transactions. His practice also involves negotiating broadcast licensing and joint venture agreements and related transactions for sports entities.

Position

Corporate Partner

Career

http://www.lw.com/people/Joseph-Calabrese

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Sport

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s entertainment, sports and media practice is noted particularly for its transactional experience, and counts the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Tencent Holdings and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) among its clients. Joseph A. Calabrese is acting for the International Olympic Committee, alongside Brussels-based Marc Hansen, in connection with preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, including advising on matters ranging from host city contractual relationships and commercial matters to digital rights, real estate, sponsorships, and governmental relations. Calabrese jointly heads the practice alongside Adam J. Sullins who leads advice to Facebook on its acquisition of sports distribution rights, including its $600m bid for Indian Premier League cricket rights in India and its acquisition of media rights for the 2018-2021 UEFA Champions League soccer competitions in Latin America. In another impressive work highlight New York-based counsel Michael Kuh, Paul Tosetti and Russell Sauer, Jr. (who is a key name for litigation) acted for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and United States in its successful bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Another key name to note is associate Kendall Johnson, who has experience across a range of transactions. Christopher Brearton’s departed to an in-house role at MGM, and corporate lawyer Justin Hamill arrived in the New York office from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

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

Within: Leading lawyers -

Joseph Calabrese



Latham & Watkins LLP

The Century City-based entertainment, sports and media practice at Latham & Watkins LLP boast impressive experience in the sector with strong cross-border capabilities. In a recent work highlight, practice head Joseph A. Calabrese advised Hollywood Foreign Press Association on the negotiation of an agreement for the US broadcast rights to the Golden Globe Awards on traditional network television and various new media platforms. Alongside Robert D. Haymer he also acted for Skydance in connection with Tencent’s acquisition of a minority interest in the company. Nancy A. Bruington handles a range of financing transactions and assisted Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) with the refinancing of its existing revolving and term loan credit facility and execution of a new second lien term loan facility. The group also frequently advises Lions Gate Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Netflix;  Kenneth T. Deutsch in Los Angeles led advice to the latter on the structuring and negotiation of co-production and distribution arrangements for the upcoming motion pictures Klaus and Over the Moon, which were co-produced with parties in Spain and China respectively. Changes to the team include Christopher Brearton’s departure to an in-house role at MGM, and Justin Hamill‘s arrival in the New York office from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.