Overview

Benneth Sheeley is an associate in the Entertainment and Digital Media Practice Group in the firm's Century City office.

Areas of Practice

Benneth’s practice focuses on transactional entertainment matters, including development, production, distribution, talent deals (i.e., actors, writers, directors and producers) and guild related matters, financing, licensing and rights acquisitions for motion pictures and scripted and unscripted television productions.  He works with studios, production companies, independent producers, and digital content creators (including Focus Features, Amazon Studios, Disney Animation Television, eOne, HBO, Showtime, Vice Media, Gaumont, Oculus and producers of various Netflix series) in all aspects related to the creation of motion pictures, documentaries, television series, virtual reality content, and animated projects.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Benneth practiced as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers, where he represented clients in entertainment and intellectual property matters, as well as broader corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and general corporate advice and counsel.  Benneth has also represented clients in complex commercial litigation, including in entertainment matters, business torts, contracts, licensing and intellectual property disputes, and class actions.

Benneth received his law degree from UCLA School of Law and graduated with a specialization in Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law.  At UCLA, Benneth served as Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and received a Dean’s Award for his academic performance in Motion Picture Distribution taught by Ken Ziffren, adjunct professor and partner of Ziffren Brittenham LLP.  During law school, Benneth also served as Business and Legal Affairs Intern at Legendary Pictures.

Education

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2015, Managing Editor, UCLA Law Review

B.A., St. Cloud State University, 2011, magna cum laude

Clerkships

  • Externship, Business and Legal Affairs, Legendary Pictures, LLC

Admissions

  • California
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