Variety named partners Richard S. Petretti, Matthew C. Thompson, and Russell “Rusty” G. Weiss to its “Legal Impact Report.” The annual supplement profiles the best legal minds who have made a significant impact on the industry through their work in film, television, theater, and digital media.
The Century City-based team was recognized for representing Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia for their new Athleticon event with Endeavor’s IMG, as well as representing the launch of Dwayne’s Teremana Tequila brand with Mast-Jägermeister. Variety further praised them for their representation of The Raine Group investing in Thrill One Sports & Entertainment. Variety also cited Richard’s work with lenders and borrowers and noted Rusty handling transactions and offering strategic advice to clients such as City National Bank, J.P. Morgan, and 20th Century Fox.
Sidley has a long tradition of helping media and entertainment clients navigate the legal and business complexities of content creation, aggregation, distribution, and disposition. The firm represents a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients in the media space, such as financial and strategic buyers, financiers, major studios and independent production companies, television networks, studios and production companies, digital aggregators and distributors, technology companies, music companies, and interactive and social media companies.