Loeb & Loeb is pleased to announce that Variety has named Ivy Kagan Bierman, chair of the firm’s Entertainment Labor practice, Arash Khalili, co-chair of the Capital Markets & Corporate department and co-chair of the Sports practice, and Steven Hurdle, deputy chair of the Capital Markets & Corporate department, to the 2022 edition of its Legal Impact Report. The report recognizes the world’s top entertainment lawyers who have had a major impact on the entertainment industry over the past year.
In an accompanying profile, Ivy is recognized for being among the select few entertainment labor lawyers who represents film and television production companies, digital companies and networks, cable networks, public broadcasting companies, distribution companies, film finance companies, national advertisers and advertising agencies in guild and union matters. The publication notes that during the pandemic, she worked with Black Label Media and Bunim-Murray Productions, along with several guilds, to overcome obstacles instigated by COVID-19, while simultaneously handling matters in connection to the shutting down and then reopening of productions, as well as working with Time’s Up on COVID-19 safety protocols.
Arash is highlighted as a leading advisor to companies within the media/content, technology, health and wellness, and sports/esports industries in M&A, joint ventures and complex commercial transactions. He is noted for recently advising Netflix in its acquisition of Night School Studio (Oxenfree) and for working with Lionel Richie on branding deals and strategic investments, including his collaboration with Tyra Banks’ ice cream company, SMiZE Cream.
Steven is noted in the report for handling a variety of deals for clients in the media, entertainment and technology sectors, including recently advising SuperDraft in its common stock investment from Caesars Entertainment, and representing Element Partners in its $105 million acquisition of poker-related business and assets, including the entities comprising the World Poker Tour, from Allied Esports Entertainment.