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Film & Television Finance

With our extensive experience in film and television finance and production and a significant presence in both Los Angeles and New York, we are one of the leading U.S. law firms in the film and television industry, representing motion picture and television studios and distributors, banks and other financial services companies, investors, completion bond companies and producers.

Our entertainment finance lawyers have expertise representing studios, distributors, banks and other investors, completion guarantors, and producers in a wide variety of film and television finance related transactions. We routinely prepare and negotiate documents for single-picture and cross-collateralized multiple-picture financing transactions, including bridge and gap facilities, loan facilities backed by film- and television-related assets and revenue streams, and other transactions involving entertainment- and media related-intellectual property and other assets as collateral. Because we are familiar with both the legal and practical concerns regarding the financing and production of films and television product, we are well situated to help investors evaluate and protect their investments and film- and television-related asset portfolios and, if necessary, establish an exit strategy for distressed holdings. Our representative client experience includes:

  • City National Bank, East West Bank, U.S. Bank National Association and other financial institutions in connection with single picture financing for motion pictures
  • Bank Leumi, First California Bank, Citibank, N.A. and other financial institutions, in connection with multiple picture credit facilities
  • U.S. Bank National Association and other financial institutions in asset-based financing transactions backed by film- and television-related assets and revenue streams
  • Showtime Networks, in connection with the financing of “The Tudors” and “The Borgias”
  • Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, Columbia Pictures, and Screen Gems, in connection with single- and multiple-picture financing and licensing of distribution rights
  • cineFinance and other completion bond companies in connection with completion bonds issued with respect to several motion pictures and television series
  • The Jim Henson Company, in production financing for the direct-to-video series of animated films “Unstable Fables” and the television series “Sid the Science Kid”
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