Century City partners Richard S. Petretti and Matthew C. Thompson and associate Emily Zipperstein were named to Variety magazine’s 2018 “Dealmakers Impact Report.” Matt was also recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as a “Top 20 Dealmaker.”
Richard was praised for representing J.P. Morgan in an $800 million revolving credit facility for Legendary Entertainment; in a $200 million facility for China’s Perfect World; City National Bank in library acquisition and film/TV project financings; and Shamrock Capital in acquiring a TV library. The Report noted that he has worked on $16.5 billion of media and entertainment financing transactions over his career.
Variety lauded Matt for his representation of eOne in various transactions, IPC companies in its sale to CORE Media; and Shamrock Capital’s purchase of a TV library. He was also commended for advising producer Mark Burnett in his contract renewal as chairman of MGM Television Group as well as Conan O’Brien in extending his deal at TBS. This follows Matt’s recent recognition in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 20 Dealmakers” list for his work on the same as well as PSP’s investment in UTA.
The Report commended Emily, stating she “served as a key member of the Sidley team” that crafted the joint venture between TBS and Conan O’Brien, which extends beyond his TV show and into social media, branded content, podcasting and live events. She was also praised on being a lead associate handling eOne’s investment in CAA’s start-up Creative Labs.
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 team’s lawyers are strategically located in industry hubs around the world and assist with a wide range of issues, including M&A transactions, financings and cutting-edge distribution deals, among others.