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Robert Darwell

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Entertainment, Technology and Advertising


Robert Darwell is a senior partner in the firm's internationally acclaimed Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group, which was recently ranked by Chambers and U.S. Legal 500 in their top tier and by Law 360 as Media and Entertainment Group of the Year. Mr. Darwell is the only attorney in the Practice Group with a Tier 1 Ranking from Chambers.


Mr. Darwell enjoys a global practice representing major motion picture studios, television networks, independent producers, digital media companies, financial institutions, investors, financiers and other institutional and individual entertainment, media, and digital clients around the world in connection with all aspects of the development, production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, online productions, video games and other content. Mr. Darwell has extensive knowledge of, and experience with, the legal and business aspects of the entertainment industry. He counsels clients on, structures, and negotiates a wide variety of transactions including, revenue sharing agreements; affiliation agreements; library acquisitions; strategic alliances; agreements relating to equity investments in media companies; first look agreements; licensing and merchandising; sports and other live events; video game development and publishing arrangements; book publishing; recording, soundtrack, and music publishing deals; and executive employment agreements. Mr. Darwell is the founder of the firm's advertising practice and represents and counsels advertisers and agencies in preparing endorsement and sponsorship agreements, licensing and protecting intellectual property rights, reviewing and clearing advertising copy for use in online and off-line media, complying with privacy concerns, preparing advertising agency and media agreements, and advising clients in complying with claims substantiation, ambush marketing, co-promotions, branded entertainment and state and federal regulations governing contests, sweepstakes and other promotions.




Nashville Fashion Forward Advisory Counsel; Law360's Media and Entertainment Editorial Advisory Board; Former Co-Chair, Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Section; Past President, Premier Patrons of the American Cinematheque; Board Member, Planning Committee for the UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1988, magna cum laude; B.A., Arizona State University, 1985, summa cum laude; French Language Program, Sorbonne (University of Paris), 1985

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment: transactional

Within: Media and entertainment: transactional

The multi-disciplinary entertainment and digital media group at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP boasts an impressive client roster which includes Amazon Studios, Paramount and The Walt Disney Company, among others. Robb Klein, Linda Michaelson and David Sands are key names to note for transactional work. In recent highlights, Klein advised Media Net Partners as the lead investor in a new film and television production and licensing company, Accelerated Global Content, and Michaelson acted for Lions Gate Entertainment in its acquisition of Good Universe Media. Robert Darwell frequently handles a range of matters in connection with motion picture and television production; he is instructed by Focus Features to assist with the production legal work relating to the Spike Lee movie, BlacKkKlansman. New York-based Daniel Schnapp drafted and negotiated an ASCAP multi-year license agreement with Facebook for the right to use ASCAP’s repertory of musical works in audio-visual content distributed on and through Facebook’s platform. Except where otherwise specified, all mentioned attorneys are based in Los Angeles.

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