- LL.B (Hons), Manchester University
- Chester College of Law (Law Society Final Examinations), with honors
- England and Wales
Robb Klein is a partner and the Practice Group Leader of the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group in the firm's Century City office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Klein specializes in all aspects of entertainment and media law, particularly film and television financing, production and distribution, merchandising and the licensing of rights and digital media.
Mr. Klein has worked on the financing and production of numerous feature films, from small independent movies to studio blockbusters. He has also worked on numerous deals utilizing tax incentives around the world, and specializes in structuring international co-productions. His work for financiers includes acting for banks, institutional investors, entrepreneurs, tax funds and hedge funds, often involving secured lending and complex multi-party financing arrangements.
Mr. Klein also represents studios, independent production companies and individual producers and rights owners and advises on chain of title and copyright issues, joint development agreements, co-financing agreements, output agreements, first-look agreements, re-make deals, rights acquisition agreements and options, negative pick-up agreements and related financing documents, format rights and television licensing agreements, sales agency and distribution agreements. He has also acted as production counsel on many films.
With regard to digital business, Mr. Klein advises companies on their online commercial arrangements, from terms and conditions to commercial supply and advertising agreements, and on digital content production and licensing. He has represented both content owners and creators and digital platform operators. He also advises computer games developers in their dealings with publishers and on other types of software licensing.
Mr. Klein has worked on the commercial side of many significant corporate deals in the media sector including IPOs and acquisitions of companies in the film, television, music, computer games, mobile and video on demand sectors.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Klein was a partner of a leading European law firm, based in their London office; and is a qualified solicitor, licensed to practice in England and Wales.
- Dealmakers Impact Report, Variety, 2017-2018
- Recognized as a leading practitioner, Media Law International (A Guide to Global Leaders in Media Law Practice), and The Legal 500 (Media and Entertainment), 2017, 2018
- Recognized as an expert in film financing in Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession, Legal Experts and the Legal 500.
- Represented Free State Pictures in connection with their investments in several pictures, including “A Walk Among the Tombstones” starring Liam Neeson, “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp and the Working Title mountaineering drama “Everest”, starring Elizabeth Debicki, Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley
- Represented Motion Picture Capital in connection with all aspects of the financing, production and distribution of several motion pictures: “Come and Find Me’ starring Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis, “Crucifixion”, a Peter Safran-produced horror picture, “The Boy Downstairs” and “Kodachrome”, starring Jason Sudekis and Ed Harris
- Represented The Fyzz Facility in connection with millions of dollars of picture loans including “Mr. Church”, starring Eddie Murphy, “Yellow Birds” starring Tye Sheridan, “The Comedian” starring Robert de Niro, “Burn Your Maps” starring Vera Farmiga, “Wind River” starring Elizabeth Olsen, and “Billionaire Boys Club” starring Taron Egerton and Emma Roberts
- Represented Miramax Films and Broad Green Pictures on the financing of “Bad Santa 2” in the sequel to the successful holiday comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates.
- Represented Exclusive Media on the financing of the motion picture "Rush", a UK-German co-production
- Represented Kaushi Entertainment on the financing and production of "Machine Gun Preacher," a $30 million independently financed motion picture
- Represented Chinese media companies YouZoo and Bliss Media in connection with the establishment of a $100 million film fund with Creative Artists Agency
- Represented Octopus Investments in connection with an $80 million P&A facility
- Represented MICA Entertainment in connection with the establishment of a $50 million film fund
- Represented Sonar Entertainment in connection with the development, financing and distribution of several television series including “Taboo”, “White Rhino”, “11th Commandment” and “Biblical”
- Represented Komixx Entertainment in connection with the development and financing of several film and television projects, many based on best-selling books including “Winter Horses”, “Second River”, “The Fearless” and “The Kissing Booth”
- Represented video game creator Supermassive Games Limited in connection with its revolutionary and BAFTA award winning interactive game “Until Dawn”
- Represented a well-known computer games developer on its arrangements with publishers in connection with the development of computer games
- Advises various rights owners licensing rights for use in computer games
- Advised a European telecoms operator on their content deals for cell phones, a music mobile download service and a "life caching" product
- Negotiated a license deal with a telecoms operator to supply a children's channel owned by a major US studio on their mobile network
- Coordinated the due diligence relating to the sale of the Miramax film library, the acquisition by Universal Music of the Sanctuary Music Group and the acquisition of DIC Entertainment by Cookie Jar
- Advised on the acquisition by Universal Music by BMG Music Publishing for €1.6 Billion in particular on the complex due diligence exercise and the EU merger clearance
- "The Future of Broadcasting: Rights and Regulation in the Digital Age," In-house Lawyer, July 2007
- "A Guide to Film Financing in Spain," Media Focus, June 2007
- "Sale and Leaseback is Dead. Long Live the UK Tax Credit," Encore Magazine, June 2007
- "Film Hedge Funds: A New Money Tree?" Media Annual 2007, January 2007
- "Coming Up For Air – The New UK Film Incentives," Media Annual 2006, January 2006
- Variety, December 4, 2018
- Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 7, 2008
- Presentation at The Beijing Film Academy (Beijing, China)
- Film Finance Forum (Shanghai International Film Festival and Los Angeles)
- Digital Distribution: Revolutionary Destructive or Both? (Beverly Hills Bar Association)
- BNA/Atlas International Film & TV Finance Summit (New York)
- BNA/Atlas International Film & TV Finance Summit (Los Angeles)
- Annual Global Media Updates (Los Angeles)
- In-house seminars (London) – "The Distribution and Delivery of Digital Entertainment"
- In-house Seminar (Madrid) – "European Film Financing Incentives"
- In-house Seminar (London) – "Where Next for Mobile Content?"
- In-house Seminar (London) – "ICT: Emerging Technologies"
- Presented by Winston BakerCrowne Plaza Shanghai, June 13, 2016
- The Luxe Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, March 22, 2012
- New York, NY, September 22, 2011
- Presented by BNA/AtlasLos Angeles, March 3, 2011
- Presented by BNA/AtlasNew York City, September 27, 2010