Robb Klein is a partner in the Entertainment, Media and Technology Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s Century City office.
Mr. Klein specializes in all aspects of entertainment, media and communications law, particularly film and television financing, production and distribution, merchandising and the licensing of rights and new media.
Mr. Klein has worked on the financing and production of numerous feature films, from small independent movies to studio blockbusters. He has also worked on numerous deals utilizing tax incentives around the world, and specializes in structuring international co-productions. His work for financiers includes acting for banks, entrepreneurs, tax funds and hedge funds, often involving secured lending and complex multi-party financing arrangements.
Mr. Klein represents studios, independent production companies and individual producers and advises on chain of title and copyright issues, joint development agreements, co-financing agreements, output agreements, first-look agreements, re-make deals, rights acquisition agreements and options, negative pick-up agreements and related financing documents, format rights and television licensing agreements, sales agency and distribution agreements. He has also acted as production counsel on many films.
With regard to online and mobile business, Mr. Klein advises companies on their online commercial arrangements, from terms and conditions to commercial supply and advertising agreements, and on mobile content licensing. He has represented both content owners and mobile platform operators. He also advises computer games developers in their dealings with publishers and on other types of software licensing.
Mr. Klein has worked on the commercial side of many significant corporate deals in the media sector including IPOs and acquisitions of companies in the film, television, music, computer games, mobile and video on demand sectors.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Klein was a partner in the Media & Communications Department of SJ Berwin LLP, a leading European law firm, based in their London office.