Thomas Baxter

Partner
Baxter Thomas

Thomas Baxter is a corporate lawyer who specializes in the entertainment and media industries. His clients range from media, entertainment, and technology companies; private equity firms; and entrepreneurs to celebrities, athletes, and influencers. He advises clients with respect to joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, licensing agreements, and endorsement deals. Thomas previously worked as in-house counsel for a Big Four entertainment studio on corporate matters, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law compliance. Thomas also has in-depth experience in matters related to distribution, production, and finance of major films, TV studios, and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

 

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Represented actor Ryan Reynolds in connection with a sweat equity joint venture, investment, and promotional service agreement with Mint Mobile
  • Represented Gary Barber in connection with the relaunch of Spyglass Entertainment
  • Represented numerous professional athletes and A-list celebrities in connection with endorsement and "sweat equity" deals
  • Represented a top entertainment company in the formation of a strategic joint venture and in numerous corporate governance matters
  • Represented a European reality television company in the formation of and investment in a North American joint venture
  • Represented a major entertainment company in the formation of and investment in a television production company
  • Represented a major studio in its investment in and strategic partnership with a well-known television producer
  • Assisted a top media company with its formation, organization, and financing, and with various investments and corporate governance matters
  • Represented a global technology company in the sale of a transactional streaming service
  • Represented numerous Big Four studios in connection with financing, distribution, and production agreements
  • Represented various MVPDs in numerous carriage transactions with content providers
  • Represented a regional sports network in the acquisitions of media rights related to various professional sports teams

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. magna cum laude Loyola Law School 2009
    • Judicial extern to the Honorable Vincent P. Zurzolo of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California
    • Articles Editor, Staffer, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
    • Sayre MacNeil Scholar
  • M.B.A. summa cum laude Loyola Marymount University 2009
  • B.S. Finance and Entrepreneurship magna cum laude Florida State University 2003

Bar Admissions

  • California

Recognition
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  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Southern California, 2013 – 2019