Jenner & Block

Content, Media and Entertainment

Jenner & Block’s Content, Media and Entertainment (CME) practice unites a set of highly skilled and nationally recognized lawyers who use their legal experience and business savvy to help content providers succeed.  Whether they are known as premier copyright or trademark lawyers, experienced advisors on First Amendment or right of publicity issues, business litigators, dealmakers, or something else, these lawyers have one thing in common:  They understand the highly complex and constantly changing challenges distinct to companies in the content, media and entertainment industries.

The Content, Media and Entertainment practice and its attorneys are widely recognized as among the best in the country.  Selected as a "Practice Group of the Year: Media & Entertainment" by Law360 in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011, our CME lawyers are lauded for their headline-grabbing work in industry-changing matters.  The CME practice was honored with the Chambers USA "Award for Excellence" in 2014 and 2012, recognizing Jenner & Block as the country's top Media & Entertainment law firm.  The team is noted by Chambers USA as having “an outstanding reputation in the media and entertainment space, offering clients in the motion picture, television and music industries exceptional representation in precedent-setting litigation.”  Client comments from the ranking also recognize the practice for its “unparalleled track record in media and entertainment litigation, particularly involving copyright and content protection issues.”

In 2015, The Legal 500 heralded Jenner & Block as the No. 1 copyright practice in the United States, marking the third time the firm has received this honor, and noting our practice as "a pre-eminent choice for copyright litigation"; "widely regarded as one of the elite class" of copyright practices; with a "looming presence in the entertainment industry" and a client base "dominated by A-list heavyweights in the entertainment field."  In 2017, Managing Intellectual Property magazine named Jenner & Block “National Copyright Firm of the Year” for the fourth time; the firm was also named “National Appellate Firm of the Year” and regional “Copyright Firm of the Year” (East), in addition to receiving an Editor’s Choice Award for our role in the milestone case Capitol Records v.MP3tunes.  Jenner & Block is also one of only 15 firms named to The National Law Journal's 2016 and 2015 "Intellectual Property Hot List," largely on the strength of our CME work.

In Variety's 2016 "Legal Impact Report," four CME partners were named to the prestigious list, while five made the list in 2015. The Report honors the year's top professionals in Hollywood's legal community and highlights the court battles and transactions that have changed the entertainment landscape. In 2016, Jenner & Block's four honorees were among only 22 litigators, while the five in 2015 were among only 26 litigators who received this recognition.

The Hollywood Reporter, Legal Times, Daily JournalCalifornia Lawyer, the Washington Business Journal and others have recognized our Content, Media & Entertainment attorneys as preeminent in their fields.
Our strength comes from our attorneys' passion for the industry, the fact that our long-term clients are currently, and have historically been, at the forefront of the legal and business issues confronting the industry, and the collaboration among our multi-disciplinary team members, all of which is brought to bear whether we are engaged for content protection litigation, strategic acquisitions, joint venture formation, regulatory or other matters. We have recently handled some of the most important content protection matters facing the media and entertainment industry, including WNET v. Aereo, Universal Recordings v. Escape Media Group ( and Fox v. Dish. These groundbreaking cases are changing law and impacting the way business is conducted and content is delivered. In addition, we have a rich history of handling some of the most important online copyright cases of our time, starting with the seminal Napster case, and including MGM Studios v. Grokster, Viacom v. YouTube and Columbia Pictures v. Fung (isoHunt)