Manatt Entertainment Welcomes Leading Entertainment Lawyer to Los Angeles


Christopher Chatham brings extensive industry and business consulting experience to the nationally recognized Manatt Entertainment Group

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a multidisciplinary integrated professional services firm, today announced that prominent entertainment lawyer Christopher Chatham has joined Manatt Entertainment as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. . Accompanied by partner Sandra Bignone, Chatham will serve as a trusted legal advisor to global icons and entertainment powerhouses across the gamut of sophisticated industry matters, further strengthening Manatt’s role as a go-to advisor to those in charge. the transformation of the entertainment industry.

Often recognized as one of the top lawyers in the entertainment industry, Chatham advises clients on a variety of corporate and litigation matters including production issues, strength of leadership, transaction structuring, new media, employment issues and other strategic planning. As general counsel for some of entertainment’s most innovative stakeholders, from well-known stars, directors and producers to independent production companies and large corporations, Chatham has signed and made global agreements with major networks, studios and streamers and is the benchmark in Hollywood. dealmaker for mainstream brands backed by famous influencers. Chatham also has extensive experience working with clients on partnership agreements, joint ventures, talent holding agreements and licensing agreements, as well as advising on personnel matters.

“Chris has a reputation as one of the most sought-after advisors in the entertainment industry, and his background matches the kind of pioneering work we regularly support on behalf of our clients,” said Donna L. Wilson, CEO and Managing Partner of Manatt. “Chris’s arrival will amplify our already strong offerings as we continue to advise our clients on all of the legal and business matters fueling the growth of the entertainment industry, as well as other leading industries in which Manatt operates. concentrated. “

Partner Sandra Bignone, who works closely with him on a wide range of business issues, accompanies Chatham at Manatt. She has extensive experience in structuring agreements for television and film projects with major industry distributors and regularly represents influencers in a variety of business deals and partnership opportunities. Bignone is at the forefront of managing the day-to-day needs of customers, including major syndicated TV talk shows as well as a multi-million dollar celebrity-consumer brand. She also featured in VarietyLegal Impact Report as a rising star in the Up Next category.

“With his unmatched understanding of the entertainment space, Chris will be instrumental in our work as we help our clients seek opportunities to build engagement and grow their businesses,” said Jordan Bromley, Partner and CEO by Manatt Entertainment. “We are delighted to have him join our team of forward-thinking, effective and efficient legal and advisory professionals who are deeply rooted in the exploding designer economy. “

“Manatt’s team of visionaries and creative thinkers work with the biggest names in entertainment, and their philosophy of bringing a business lens to their work has really touched me,” said Chatham. “I am delighted to join such an impressive group of professionals with the common goals of promoting talent, innovation and industry transformation. “

Manatt has strategically expanded its roster of legal and business advisory professionals through its nationwide practices. Chatham and Bignone are just the latest additions to the West Coast, joining Timothy Lohse, Technology and Intellectual Property Litigation Partner in Silicon Valley, Michel C. Narganes, Digital and Technology Transactions Partner in San Francisco. , in Los Angeles, Entertainment Litigation Counsel, Sarah E. Moses. , and nationally recognized trial lawyer Naeun Rim, also in Los Angeles. Other recent additions include full-time pro bono lawyer Alexandra S. McCown in New York; antitrust and litigation partner Stephen D. Libowsky in Chicago; former CFPB regulator Bryan Schneider also in Chicago; former Massachusetts Attorney Karin Bell; accomplished New York real estate partner Ted Hunter; emerging companies / venture capital partners Rustin M. Brown and Thomas W. Michael in DC and Los Angeles, respectively; Kalon Gutierrez and Jennifer Millard, managing directors of Manatt Digital and Technology in San Francisco; and athletic director Matthew L. Reece in Boston.

Chatham’s hard-hitting work has earned him recognition as one of Hollywood’s premier negotiators by various media publications across the country including VarietyThe legal impact report and the highly competitive impact report from the publication Dealmakers. Prior to starting his career as an attorney, Chatham was a corporate bond trader on Wall Street and a registered representative of the National Association of Securities Dealers, coordinating large-scale debt offerings for clients.

Chatham received his JD from Southwestern Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Bignone received his JD from Loyola Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego.


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