Media, Entertainment, & Sports

Jackson Walker’s media and entertainment group provides our clients with counsel on the full range of issues related to intellectual property, litigation, labor and employment, and transactions.

Our media and entertainment team has extensive experience in the representation of entities and individuals in media-and communications-related litigation, as well as pre-publication concerns, but also counsels clients on transactional, employment, entertainment, intellectual property, advertising, and other related matters.

We also have experience in media and entertainment litigation matters concerning rights ownership disputes, royalty disputes, idea submission disputes, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, cybersquatting, Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) domain name disputes, right of privacy violations, defamation claims, and more. Jackson Walker has also served as go-to local counsel for premiere entertainment law firms out of New York and California for entertainment litigation pending in Texas courts.

Our attorneys have handled routine, complex, and novel matters involving the varied facets of the entertainment industry, including industry-specific agreements on behalf of content creators and distributors; rights clearance issues; content licensing and sales transactions; marketing deals; merchandising deals; copyright, trademark, and right of publicity registrations; and more.

Bob Latham

January 16, 2024

Sweet Caroline, No | SportsTravel Winners & Losers

With apologies to Neil Diamond, Bob Latham’s first SportsTravel column of 2024 takes on what is rapidly becoming the most over-played song in sports.

October 13, 2023

Paul Watler Featured in ‘ABA Journal’ Discussing Rise of Costly Libel Cases

As Gannett Co., the parent company of leading national newspaper USA Today, faces off against tax services provider Ryan LLC in a defamation and fraud lawsuit, Paul Watler shared insight with the ABA Journal on the increase of libel cases and the changing legal landscape.

Dallas Bar Association Entertainment CLE - Featuring Kheana Pollard, Demi Williams, Shayan Gaziani, Andrew Rhoden, and Justin Jones

August 23, 2023
Speaking Engagements

Shayan Gaziani and Demi Williams Speak on NIL Panel Presented by Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Section

The Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Section on August 23, 2023, hosted a CLE panel featuring Jackson Walker attorneys Shayan Gaziani and Demi Williams along with Justin Jones (Fee Smith & Sharp), Andrew Rhoden (Masterly Legal Solutions), and Kheana Pollard (Bell Nunnally & Martin).

Paul Watler with Jackson Walker logo

August 16, 2023

With Police Actions Recently Targeting Journalists, Will Courts Protect the Rights of the Free Press? | The Texas Lawbook

“In an era when common understandings of the U.S. Constitution are questioned more than ever, the Marion and Laredo cases show — as never before — the vital importance of federal courts in protecting fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment,” Paul Watler wrote in this article contributed to The Texas Lawbook.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

July 26, 2023

JW Media | VIA ePostcard – July 2023

View the July 2023 edition of the JW Media | VIA ePostcard.

Texas Capitol with Jackson Walker logo

July 26, 2023

Texas Journalists and Open Government Advocates Won on Both Sides of the Ball in the 2023 Legislative Session

In his work for the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Stacy Allen had a ringside seat for some pitched battles to save landmark statutes protecting public access to government records and free speech against encroachment by bills that would chip away at Texans’ right to know and speak their minds about matters of public concern. This article walks through significant victories that were won in defending against bad legislation.

Chip Babcock with Jackson Walker logo

July 12, 2023
Speaking Engagements

Chip Babcock Presents on Ethical Restrictions for Pre-Trial Publicity

Chip Babcock will join the Texas General Counsel Forum on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, for a virtual ethics CLE program discussing the ethical restrictions on lawyers who attempt to generate publicity prior to trial, as well as strategies for developing and executing an effective pre-trial media plan.

Sports gambling

June 5, 2023

Alabama Baseball, Iowa Football, and Things Everyone Should Know About Sports Gambling

By Arthur Gollwitzer

Over the past five years, online sports wagering has become commonplace in the United States. DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM have become household names. This is the result of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. NCAA, in which the Court struck down a federal law prohibiting sports wagering. Since that time, 33 states have legalized sports gambling in some form. As a result, online sports books have expanded access to wagering across the nation, making a sports bet as easy as downloading an app on your phone.