Michael S. Hobel is head of Katten’s Entertainment and Media practice and has more than 25 years of experience representing media and entertainment companies in complex transactions, often dealing with valuable intellectual property rights and assets. Michael represents clients on the corporate side of entertainment transactions, including motion picture studios, television networks, film and television distribution companies, and Internet and digital media companies.
Clients call Michael “incredibly effective in driving deals to closure and note his superb overall legal and business expertise” (Chambers USA). He handles matters involving the broadcast of sporting events, video games, merchandising and multimedia, and Internet broadcasts. He also represents companies acquiring, selling and investing in production, distribution and multimedia companies, as well as film and music libraries.
Michael is particularly interested in the convergence of entertainment and technology, and is experienced in transactions involving the Internet and other digital media, including electronic sell-through and video-on-demand transactions. He also counsels entertainment industry executives in connection with their employment contracts and individual talent agreements for film, television and music products, and services and advises companies on management and protection of their trademark and copyright issues.