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Christopher D. Brearton

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Christopher Brearton is a partner in the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice and the Deputy Office Managing Partner of the firm's Century City office.

Mr. Brearton advises motion picture studios, independent producers, financial institutions, investment funds, television networks and sports organizations. He counsels clients in transactions ranging from the creation of strategic alliances and complex commercial licensing arrangements, to project financing and industry-specific mergers and acquisitions.


Deputy Office Managing Partner, Corporate Partner


United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Joseph Calabrese heads the Century City-based department at Latham & Watkins LLP, which leverages its global footprint in handling cross-border media and entertainment deals; recent examples include advising Netflix on its acquisition of comic book publisher Millarworld and acting for EuropaCorp in multiple credit facilities, distribution agreements and picture financings. The group also acted for Anonymous Content in the sale of a minority stake to Emerson Collective, assisted Starz Entertainment with its merger with Lionsgate Entertainment, and handled AMC Networks’ acquisition of a minority stake in Funny or Die. The practice also has litigation expertise through the ‘highly regardedMarvin Putnam, who is representing MSG Forum in a challenge to the City of Inglewood’s plans to construct a new arena for the Los Angeles Clippers, acting for International Creative Management in an internal investigation following sexual assault claims made by a former Fox News contributor, and defending Beyoncé in copyright litigation relating to the music video for Formation. Clients praise financing specialist Nancy Bruington, transactional lawyer Christopher Brearton and the ‘brilliantRobert Haymer.

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