Media and Entertainment INDUSTRIES
Representing radio and television broadcasters, newspaper publishers, cable programmers, Internet service providers, journalists, entertainment personalities, and others, WilmerHale has developed significant experience in handling the complex challenges faced by those in the media and entertainment industry. The firm’s experience covers a broad range of media and entertainment matters, involving FCC regulation, antitrust and competition issues, copyright levies and infringement, digital broadcast standards, First Amendment and other constitutional issues, the Freedom of Information Act and public right of access, libel, ownership disputes, breach of contract, fraud, and class action litigation.

Experience

  • In Berlyn v. The Washington Post, we secured summary judgment and affirmance on appeal in a section 1 restraint of trade and section 2 monopolization suit accusing The Washington Post of attempting to monopolize the community newspaper market in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.
  • We were the primary antitrust counsel for the combination of Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards movie theatre chains, which together form the nation’s largest theatre chain. We secured clearance from the US Antitrust Division with no divestitures, despite the Division having in the past challenged smaller acquisitions in the same industry.
  • We represent a major entertainment company in five consolidated putative class actions in which plaintiffs alleged that denying admission to violent gang members at the client’s California facility constituted unlawful "racial profiling.” After more than a year and a half of intensive motions practice, discovery and mediated negotiations, the firm has achieved a favorable settlement for its client (subject to court approval).
  • We represented Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, in defeating a challenge brought by an unsuccessful bidder contesting his failed attempt to buy the team from the estate of Jack Kent Cooke.
  • We successfully represented major television networks and the network affiliate associations in a ten-day trial, in which the court ordered EchoStar, the country’s second largest satellite company, to halt its illegal service to over 500,000 subscribers. This victory is the latest in our string of victories for free over-the-air television broadcasters in their long-running battle to stop copyright infringement by satellite providers that misappropriate broadcast signals.

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May 23, 2018

8-in-8 Recent Trends in European Law and Policy Alert Series—The EU’s Data Protection Regulatory Big Bang: The GDPR Comes Into Force

This is the inaugural issue of WilmerHale's 8-in-8 Recent Trends in European Law and Policy Alert Series. Over the next eight weeks, our attorneys will share insights on current and emerging issues affecting companies doing business in Europe and across the Atlantic. In this first issue we discuss some of the background to the General Data Protection Regulation and its relevance to companies in all sectors that do business in or with Europe.

May 3, 2018

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2018 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 95 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

April 16, 2018

Congress Enacts Law Creating a Sex Trafficking Exception From the Immunity Provided by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

On Wednesday, April 11, the President signed into law the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, also known as “FOSTA.”

March 20, 2018

D.C. Circuit Invalidates Portion of FCC's 2015 Declaratory Ruling & Order Implementing the TCPA

On March 16, 2018, the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited ruling in ACA International, et al. v. FCC, et al., resolving a series of challenges to the July 10 2015 Declaratory Ruling & Order of the Federal Communications Commission implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

March 8, 2018

The #MeToo Movement: The Critical Role of the Board in Preparing for, Responding to and Avoiding Sexual Misconduct Allegations

As the #MeToo movement gains momentum, companies in nearly every major industry are dealing with allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment or even sexual assault—including allegations of widespread misconduct and inappropriate behavior within the upper echelons of the corporate structure.

December 6, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Regal Entertainment Group in Signing of Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by Cineworld Group PLC

Regal Entertainment Group announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Cineworld Group PLC for Cineworld, the UK's largest cinema operator.

July 24, 2017

German Government Amends German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance to Widen Control of Foreign Takeovers of Critical German Companies

On July 12 the German federal government adopted important amendments to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance.

July 10, 2017

The European Commission's E-Commerce Report: Practical Lessons

For the last two years, the European Commission (“EC”) has been carrying out a Sector Inquiry into e-commerce of consumer goods and digital content in the EU. As part of this, the EC has sent companies many questionnaires and, in response, received some 9,000 sales, distribution and licensing agreements.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

January 12, 2017

SyncOnSet Technologies Secures $1.5M Series A Financing

SyncOnSet was born out of a simple idea: replace the three-ring production binder with professional software designed for how production teams work.