2023 Entertainment Year-In-Review: Transactional Panel



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An update of the trends in transactional entertainment law over the past year, including the effect of the guild strikes and changes in the streaming world.

Meet the Speakers
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Eric Lanyard


Senior Vice President, Business Affairs HBO and MAX

Eric Lanyard is Senior Vice President Business Affairs at HBO and Max. In his role, he negotiates deals for a broad array of original programming including scripted dramas and comedies, documentaries, talk/variety and special events. He has been with HBO for over 23 years, starting in the legal department. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Harvard Law School.

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Robert Darwell


Partner, Sheppard Mullin -ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY

Robert Darwell is the Head of Global Media and a senior partner in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group in the firm’s Century City office.

2022 has proven to be another banner year for Darwell and his team. After previously representing Hemisphere Media Group in connection with its acquisition of Lionsgate’s 75% interest in the Spanish language SVOD platform Pantaya and distribution company Pantelion, Darwell worked on its subsequent sale to client TelevisaUnivision. He represented Amazon in connection with its acquisition of MGM, Amazon’s second largest acquisition in history. The team worked tirelessly to analyze and diligence the treasured MGM library and studio assets. The transaction closed in March of 2022 and Darwell and his colleagues having been working with their in house counterparts on the integration of the revered library into Amazon Studios. Darwell also represented TelevisaUnivision in connection with its 2022 AVOD and SVOD platform launch of Vix and Vix+. On top of that, Darwell also guided Amazon Studios, Wondery, Nickelodeon, Disney, Peacock and Meta in connection with numerous high-profile movie, television, podcast and metaverse projects.

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Gary G. Goldberger


The Law Offices of Gary G. Goldberger

Gary Goldberger is able to combine his experience in legal, business, creative and international areas to help his clients make decisions not just from a legal standpoint, but also from a business and long-term perspective. Clients include production/distribution companies, growing small to mid-sized companies, independent filmmakers, talent, writers, publishers, Internet/media businesses, and individuals. Goldberger’s background includes time spent as a lawyer in private practice, a senior media executive, an attorney with the U.S. House of Representatives, and an independent producer of television movies.

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Leigh Brecheen


Partner, Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver & Thompson LLP

Leigh Brecheen is an attorney providing legal services covering Entertainment & Sports.

Leigh Brecheen, who practices law in Los Angeles, California, was selected to Super Lawyers for 2004 – 2006. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors.

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