Entertainment, Digital, & Sports
Jackson Walker’s Entertainment, Digital, & Sports Group leverages both its years of experience and full-service resources and capabilities to provide clients with valued advice in the multiple sectors and disciplines of the entertainment and sports industries, including with respect to their digital or “new media” matters.
Not surprisingly, the digital marketplace has quickly become the focus of Jackson Walker’s clients within entertainment, sports, and across other commercial industries. Advances in new technology are leading to new fields of industry and, in turn, new legislation and precedent-setting cases on a seemingly regular basis. The multidimensional development of the new digital age, together with the globalization of financing, production, distribution, and licensing, is driving change at a speed and level of complexity never before encountered.
Clients turn to Jackson Walker because they are looking for creative, insightful attorneys who combine business acumen, legal experience, and vision to guide them safely and profitably through both known and unexplored commercial and legal landscapes. Such cutting-edge advice requires unique market insights about what drives these industries and the legal acuity necessary to not only know what today’s issues are, but to anticipate what tomorrow’s issues will be as technology and its related business models and practices continue to develop.
Areas of Service
- Entertainment Litigation
Our entertainment litigators take an aggressive but strategic approach toward helping clients across the entertainment industry to solve their business challenges, protect their creative works, and defend their legal rights.
- Entertainment Transactions
Our entertainment transactions attorneys leverage years of entertainment and media industry experience alongside our full-service resources and capabilities in complimentary areas of practice like intellectual property, corporate, and employment law, just to name a few, to provide our clients with value-added advice in a full range of entertainment transactions.
Our digital and new media attorneys help assess, create, and implement winning legal solutions for clients in furtherance of their online, e-commerce, social media, digital marketing, digital distribution, and digital rights management strategies.
From teams to owners, governing bodies, venues, and professional and Olympic athletes, our sports law attorneys have represented the full range of players in the business of sports.
* Jackson Walker does not accept unsolicited submissions for films, television programs, musical works, or other ideas or materials for any entertainment or media industry projects; and does not provide literary or talent agent services, talent management services, artist development services, shopping services, broker/dealer services, business management services, or the like.
August 23, 2023
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).
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.
July 26, 2023
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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.
July 12, 2023
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.
June 30, 2023
US Rugby Hall of Fame inductee and Jackson Walker partner Bob Latham spoke on the opening day of the TEAMS Europe Conference on June 27, 2023. As an Executive Board Member of World Rugby, Bob joined a panel moderated by SportsTravel Managing Editor Matt Traub and including Sarah Massey, 2025 managing director of Women’s Rugby World Cup, and John Eades, the UK managing director for DAIMANI, as they presented a case study on the Rugby World Cup.
June 28, 2023
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Robert P. Latham will be inducted into the US Rugby Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
June 5, 2023
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.
May 25, 2023
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May 25, 2023
In the space of a three-page per curiam opinion, Gonzalez v. Google went from blockbuster to nothingburger. The first (and, therefore, the biggest) Section 230 case to be considered on the merits by the U.S. Supreme Court, Gonzalez was widely billed as the case that could break the internet, garnering headlines and attracting armies of amici on both sides.
By Marc Fuller & Hannah Walsh