Robert Freeman > Proskauer Rose LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Proskauer Rose LLP
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036-8299
United States
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Robert Freeman is a partner in Proskauer’s Corporate Department, co-head of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group and a member of the Sports Law Group.

For over two decades, Rob has helped to structure and negotiate the transactions that shape the way consumers access and view content. As the co-head of Proskauer’s TMT group, Rob leads a team of attorneys focused on media, sports, entertainment and technology, representing clients such as Warner Bros. Discovery, Cox Communications, AMC Networks, The Big Ten Conference, TMRW Sports, ForgeLight, DISH/Sling, Hulu, NBA Media and NFL Media, among many others. Rob’s work for these clients includes a broad array of corporate transactions ranging from the negotiation of complex media and sports rights and content distribution agreements, including over both traditional (e.g., cable, satellite, telco) and digital (e.g., Internet, wireless) platforms, to the creation of joint ventures, strategic alliances and complex commercial licensing arrangements and industry-specific mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, Rob also has advised multiple clients on first-of-their-kind transactions related to sports betting.

Recent examples of Rob’s work include representing ForgeLight LLC in its acquisition of a majority stake in Univision Holdings, Inc, the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S.; Discovery in its $2 billion+ joint venture with the PGA Tour to form “GOLFTV” and subsequent acquisitions of Golf Digest and Golf Channel Latin America; Cox Communications in the negotiation of the largest content acquisition deal in Cox’s history with The Walt Disney Company, which included all of Disney’s cable networks, ABC’s broadcast stations, and the ESPN family of programming services; and The Stars Group in its groundbreaking partnership with FOX Sports, which included the launch of sports betting platform FOX Bet and an equity investment by FOX of over $240 million in The Stars Group.

Rob is a frequent lecturer on sports, media, intellectual property, licensing, emerging technology, digital rights and sponsorship issues and is the editor of Proskauer’s “Three Point Shot” sports e-newsletter. He is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the T. Howard Foundation, whose mission is to increase diversity in the media and entertainment industries. Rob has also chaired the Golf Committee for the March of Dimes’ annual golf outing in the NYC area.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Proskauer Rose LLP‘s established media and entertainment practice is known for its ability to negotiate and structure media distribution deals involving cable, satellite, and telecoms providers. The team is also well-versed in mandates relating to NFTs and over-the-top platforms. Practice co-head Robert Freeman has a proven track record in advising on joint ventures and strategic alliances in the media and entertainment field. Co-head Lauren Boglivi frequently leverages her private and public M&A experience to handle transactions in the gaming and sports spaces, while in Los Angeles, co-head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks is a seasoned entertainment industry litigator. Wai Choy’s broad practice extends to the negotiation of regional and national content licensing deals. Unless otherwise mentioned, all named lawyers are based in New York.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Working with a range of clients in the healthcare, arts, and asset management sectors, Proskauer Rose LLP advises on the implementation of tech services as well as on the use of tech to develop and distribute new services and products. With demonstrable activity in handling the tech aspects of M&A deals and joint ventures, the firm also assists clients with their company-wide implementation of blockchain, biometrics, and digital asset products. Robert Freeman leads the New York-based team alongside Jeffrey Neuburger, who concentrates on projects involving the use of emerging technologies in business. Wai Choy is a key practitioner in the practice and covers the drafting and negotiation of various complex tech agreements.