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Covington’s Communications and Media team, which has been described by Chambers and Partners as a “market-leading group,” provides the highest level of legal and strategic advice to telecommunications, media, and technology companies around the world. Our team offers clients a full range of business, policy, and industry advice to solve their most pressing challenges and help seize opportunities when they arise.
Representation of Altice N.V. in its $18 billion acquisition of Cablevision Systems Corporation, which will make Altice the 4th largest U.S. cable operator with approximately 4.5 million customers.
Representation of European telecommunications company Altice S.A. (Euronext ATC) in a $9.1 billion deal to acquire a controlling stake in Suddenlink, a top ten cable operator in the U.S.
Successful representation of CBS Corporation, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., Time Warner Inc., Univision Communications Inc., and Viacom Inc. Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in connection with the disclosure of programming contracts with pay-TV providers as part of the FCC’s review of pending cable and satellite mergers.
Representation of Microsoft Corp. in its purchase of substantially all of Nokia’s devices & services business and licensing of Nokia’s patents. Covington advised on IP, commercial and regulatory matters on the transaction.
Served as communications regulatory counsel to Tribune Company in its $2.73 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings, LLC.
Representation of the National Football League in connection with its deal to extend DirecTV's exclusive rights to carry NFL Sunday Ticket in a multi-year agreement.
Served as communications regulatory counsel to Univision in filing for an initial public offering of Class A common stock in the United States on July 2, 2015.
Represented Steve Ballmer in his $2 billion acquisition of the Los Angeles Clippers from The Sterling Family Trust.
Advised the National Hockey League in negotiating its twelve-year, C$5.2 billion agreement with Rogers Communications for national broadcast and multimedia rights to NHL games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Stanley Cup Final, in Canada.
Representation of the National Football League in connection with its deal to extend DirecTV's exclusive rights to carry NFL Sunday Ticket in a multi-year agreement.
Represented Prysmian S.p.A. in its acquisition of Draka Holdings.
Represented WWE in the launch of the WWE Network, a direct-to-consumer, subscription-only, online video channel that will air round-the-clock programming, including new programs and matches, an on-demand service, WrestleMania, and a six-decades-deep library for $9.99 a month. This is one of the first sports “over the top” offerings in the United States and the transaction received a great deal of publicity as a result.
Represented NHL in connection with its entry into a joint venture with Silver Chalice Partners, Sports Illustrated and Major League Baseball Advance Media for the creation and launch of 120 Sports, the first multi-sport, league-created digital network in the United States. In addition to MLB and NHL content, the digital network will include content from the NBA, NASCAR and a number of college conferences. The network is expected to offer 24/7 programming on an unauthenticated basis, including live sports highlights and related news programming.
Represented the PGA of America, the USTA, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the American Athletic Conference, the A-10 Conference, the Chicago Cubs, and the LA Clippers (among others) in connection with the negotiation of their media rights agreements.
Represented various additional parties before Team Telecom on matters not requiring CFIUS review, including LightSquared, BT, and Iridium Satellite.
Represented Univision Communications in the precedential agreement for carriage of Univision’s broadcast stations and cable networks on DISH’s “over the top” Sling TV service. The UCI media portfolio includes the Univision Network, one of the top five broadcast networks, and the most-watched Spanish language broadcast network in the U.S., reaching approximately 94 percent of U.S. Hispanic television households. The agreement covers the Univision and UniMas broadcast networks, as well as other UCI services, such as Univision Deportes and El Rey Network. Sling TV is a new online offering from one of the largest television distributors in the country, by which subscribers can view major network content via the Internet anywhere in the United States.
Represented AudioCodes in its acquisitions of Netrake Corp and Nuera Communications.
Represented Global Crossing in its acquisition by Singapore Technologies Telemedia and earlier phase involving Hutchison Whampoa.
Represented British Telecommunications plc in its acquisitions of Infonet Services Corp., Comsat International, Counterpane, and Wire One Communications (among others).
Represented Pacific Telecom in the company’s acquisitions of Micronesian Telecommunications Corporation and IT&E Overseas, Inc.
For SES Americom, we provided advice and advocacy at the FCC and DOJ concerning the impact of the News Corp. acquisition of Hughes Electronics (and its subsidiary, PanAmSat), on competition in the satellite distribution services industry.
Representation of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in a class action lawsuit challenging royalties for downloading music and in connection with an insurance coverage dispute arising out of damage allegedly caused by DRM software included on music CDs.
Representation of one of the leading distributors of televisions to the healthcare field, Specialty Equipment Manufacturers, on FCC compliance issues. When its leading manufacturer discovered problems complying with an FCC rule, we sought a waiver of the FCC’s Part 15 requirements for one of the leading TV set manufacturer in this market.
Devised and coordinated anti-piracy strategies throughout Europe (including Russia and markets in Eastern Europe) to enforce the IPRs of leading software providers.
Represented Cook Inlet and others in the spectrum auctions process.
Representation of the Walt Disney Company in its $7 billion acquisition of Infoseek Corporation.
Representation of the Association of Public Television Stations on whether public television stations may use their surplus digital capacity for commercial purposes, including non-broadcast advertisements.
Representation of Electronic Arts in an assessment of its freedom to operate for a new product in light of third party patents.
Representation of broadcasters and programming suppliers in negotiations and litigation with satellite carriers EchoStar and DirecTV.
Working for the enactment of meaningful net neutrality legislation on behalf of a coalition of Internet leaders, including eBay, Google, InterActiveCorp, Microsoft and Yahoo!.
Challenging the largest broadcast indecency fine ever proposed by the FCC as lead counsel for a coalition of nearly 100 broadcast television stations.
Representation the broadcast industry and individual broadcasters for nearly two decades on the incredible range of technical, legal and policy issues surrounding the transition to digital television. We helped negotiate the DTV standard, and devised the new frequency table. We worked closely at every step with the FCC’s engineers and with engineers across the television industry. We also worked to develop the new rules and legal requirements to accompany the detailed technical analysis.
Provided strategic advice and advocacy support to the Business Software Alliance on the EU Copyright Directive, proposed Software Patents Directive and IP Enforcement Directive, and more broadly assisted in efforts to promote the protection of IP in the EU and third countries.
Representation of Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings, Inc. in a $100 million bond offering.
Representation of Microsoft before the FCC on various issuing surrounding its Media Center and DRM products. We obtained FCC recognition of Windows Media Digital Rights Management software as a permissible means to handle digital content. We also represent the company in ongoing rulemakings and waiver petitions involving plug-and-play issues, including industry-wide efforts to resolve these issues.
Representation of Microsoft in negotiating licenses for IP related digital output and copy protection technology for the Xbox 360 console.
Representation of a major media company on all telecom matters relevant to its commencement and continuity of operations as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (i.e., a reseller of wireless service) in the U.S. market.
Representation of major publishers in the United States and Europe on cross-border libel matters relating to Internet publication.
Representation of Microsoft in negotiating reseller agreements for interactive voice recognition cloud services between Microsoft subsidiary Tellme and various partners, initially Juma Technology Company and its subsidiary Nectar Services Corp.
Representation of the National Association of Broadcasters before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Schwarzenegger case, which concerns the First Amendment validity of state-imposed limitations on violent video games.
Representation of National Geographic Society in the creation of the National Geographic Channel with News Corp. and NBC.
Protecting the rights of journalists to gather news in the New York and New Jersey transit systems, on behalf of the National Press Photographers Association.
Representation of Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV), an L-band MSS provider that has an authorization for a next generation service using ancillary terrestrial components (ATC), in corporate and transactional matters, including equity and debt financing.
Representation of clients on various legislative and regulatory policy and litigation issues, including (1) retransmission consent, (2) downconversion of digital signals by cable systems, (3) carriage of digital multicast streams by cable, DBS and other video program distributors, (4) indecency, (5) media ownership and (6) importation of distant signals by DBS operators.
Obtaining rules on commercial fax messages that protect consumers’ rights, but are fair to legitimate businesses, after multi-venue effort in Congress, in court and at the FCC on behalf of the Fax Ban Coalition, a cross-industry group of trade associations and businesses, as well as the U.S. Chambers of Commerce, the National Association of Realtors and a coalition of businesses in the mortgage finance industry.
Representation of a foreign satellite manufacturer on general corporate and securities law issues regarding its activities with a U.S. company developing a new satellite-based communications service.
Representation of one of the world’s largest global software and technology companies in a range of communications regulatory issues affecting its business.
Representation of a group of secured lenders as principal outside regulatory counsel in the restructuring of FairPoint Communications.
Represented investors in the old ITFS and MMDS spectrums have turned to us for advise on new spectrum strategies, regulatory reform, and deal work.
Sony BMG Music Entertainment in a class action lawsuit brought by the Allman Brothers Band and Cheap Trick on behalf of all artists whose contracts pre-date the era of digital downloaded music. Sony BMG pays the artists under the applicable royalty rate for album sales at brick-and-mortar record stores, while the artists claim that Sony BMG should be paying a much greater royalty rate for downloaded music.
GHL Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Greenhill & Co., Inc., in its acquisition of Iridium Holdings LLC, the leading mobile satellite services provider.
Counseled leading health care information, product and disease-oriented websites on advertising and sponsorship arrangements.
Advised governments on the privatization of telecom service providers, crafting regulations for the introductions of regulatory structures to foster competition in the telecommunications industry; drafted regulations governing telecom activities; and established a licensing and regulatory structure for the introduction of next-generation wireless telecommunications service.
Counseled leading human and animal food and pharmaceutical manufacturers on all facets of food and drug labeling, marketing and advertising requirements.
Libel defense litigation and prepublication review of news and other content for broadcasters in some 35 states, including First Amendment, newsgathering, copyright, defamation and privacy advice, and opposing subpoenas from prosecutors and others.
Labrador Communications, a start-up new media company, in its exclusive content distribution agreement with Cingular Wireless for the distribution of Labrador’s stock-car racing audio programs as a subscription service to Cingular’s mobile telephone customers.
FCC handed Covington a decisive victory to the Tennis Channel in its discriminatory carriage lawsuit against Comcast Cable Communications, the largest distributor of video programming content.
LIN TV Corp. in its acquisition of Red McCombs Media, an online advertising company and one of Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing private companies.
Representation of clients on connection with inquiries concerning manufacturers’ suggested retail pricing.
Led the leading litigations challenging the FCC’s rules on telemarketing and fax advertising.
Advised Internet-site operators on commercial strategies, including with respect to CPM-based revenue sharing arrangements.
Negotiated various innovative program agreements for (a) the NFL, including for example, its deals with ESPN and Sprint and one with TiVo to protect its programming against Internet piracy, (b) other program deals involving PBS, Comcast and Children’s Television Workshop and (c) NBC Weather Plus and NBC Broadband -- joint ventures between the network and its affiliates.
Inquam Limited in its acquisition of Telemobil S.A., the Romanian wireless telecommunications operator, and on Telemobil’s subsequent vendor financing facility with Lucent Technologies.
Representation of the first joint venture to provide Mobile Digital Television ("Mobile DTV") services in the United States in establishing a nine-company venture, as well as in negotiating a national joint venture with NBC, Fox and Ion Media to deploy this new digital service. This project has involved leading the negotiation of the Pearl Mobile DTV venture, leading the negotiation of certain programming and content agreements, and heading up public policy efforts with Congress, the White House, and the FCC.
Kangaroo Media Inc. in the negotiation of an agreement with Formula One for the rights to provide a handheld TV service to racing fans at F1 events around the world.
Advised Keanu Reeves and Stephan Hamel’s production company, Company Films, on China projects.
Advised actor John Lone (of "M. Butterfly," "Rush Hour 2" and the Academy-award winning "The Last Emperor") in exploring China opportunities.
Drafted new defamation laws for Bosnia.
Advised private equity firm Cyrte Investments on a major investment in a co-production with a Chinese studio.
Represented Universal Studios in obtaining the dismissal of a high-profile negligence action brought by a Maury Show guest in New York state court.
Developed technical substantiation to support product claims made in labeling, promotions and advertising, and in the defense of substantiation in the litigation context.
Advised on advertising policies, including with respect to privacy laws, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and developed advertising policies.
Led the Coalition of Broadband Users and Innovators, including Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, eBay, and consumer groups before the FCC and Congress for policies that ensure that as broadband services are deregulated, these Internet content companies have the ability to reach their customers.
Drafted and negotiated commercial arrangements for online advertising revenue-sharing arrangements, sponsored-search and graphical advertising involving the leading Internet portals and Internet content providers.
Advising on copyright matters relating to rights to an extensive photographic archive and on wrongful publication of photographs in Europe.
Provide general copyright and fair use advice and counseling to publishers such as the National Geographic Society, the Washington Post Company, and Zomba Music Publishing, to various television broadcast stations, and to a number of leading online business and media ventures including The Microsoft Network, USA Interactive, and the National Football League. Covington is also special intellectual property counsel to the Smithsonian Institution.
Provided copyright advice on advertising issues, including with respect to copyright risk-assessment and worked with clients to develop copyright compliance strategies.
Advised major content providers, including sports leagues and television programmers and operators, on broadcasting, online and digital media advertising trends.
Counseled major consumer products manufacturers and sellers on commercial and regulatory advertising issues.
Representation of a global content provider in its global partnership with an international telecommunications provider to develop and operate a 3G mobile music service.
Covington successfully represented CBS and NBC Television Affiliates in this case involving the FCC’s policy on broadcast of "fleeting expletives." The Supreme Court held that the agency’s policy violated the Due Process Clause, an argument emphasized in Covington’s brief for the television stations.
Representation of a coalition of 600 companies and trade associations advocating the FCC to amend its rules to enable business to use faxes to contact their customers. When Congress adopted a law allowing those faxes, we represented the coalition before Congress on implementing this law.
Represented Raycom Media in obtaining a favorable settlement of a lawsuit brought against the City of Cleveland when the mayor issued a formal edict barring all city officials from speaking with WOIO-TV, a Raycom-owned CBS affiliate, after the station aired a documentary critical of the mayor.
Advised Expedia (and affiliates Hotels.com, Hotwire, and TripAdvisor) on a variety of privacy and data security matters, including e-mail marketing, targeted advertising, fraud prevention, and changes to online privacy policies.
Advise start-ups such as producers of original Web content and digital music services.
Electronic Arts in its acquisition of a 19.9% stake in French game company Ubisoft Entertainment, in a transaction requiring the participation of multiple Covington offices on various corporate, antitrust and international issues.
Reviewed on behalf of U.S. interests defamation and free expression laws proposed for Iraq by a coalition of international experts.
Represented international video game publisher in copyright infringement claims by major record labels and publishing companies regarding licensing of sound recordings and compositions. Successfully resolved all claims without litigation.
Rooster Teeth Productions, Inc., a company that produces animated shorts, in connection with a license agreement.
Assisted a satellite provider in establishing a European services satellite trade association. Subsequent representation of the association enabled us to combine our knowledge of law relating to EU trade associations with our experience in EU legislative advocacy in the telecom industry.
Representation of a satellite provider in seeking broader access to markets in China, Mexico and elsewhere, which allowed us to combine our trade and communications expertise.
Represented Reliance Infocomm Limited in connection with its $750 million financing from the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Export Development Canada. The financing was provided to assist Reliance Infocomm in building a state of the art telecommunications infrastructure for India -- the largest and most complex information and communications technology initiative in the world. The definitive documents for the facility were entered into in December 2004 and the facility was drawn on in March 2005. The facility was the largest telecom installations loan for any company world-wide in 2004.
Researched and crafted a comprehensive report on the policy options for creation of independent regulatory authorities in the EU.
Qualcomm in acquisitions and investments including its joint venture with Omnia, a subsidiary of Saudi Oger, to create a UK-based company to deploy CDMA-based technology; its acquisition of UK-based Elata (Holdings) Limited, which provides content delivery and device management software systems; and its acquisition of Trigenix Limited, a European mobile content delivery software producer.
Represent Sony Music Entertainment in matter involving contract and intellectual property claims by former music manager regarding 70’s rock act.
Advised a state-owned Chinese media group with respect to an international co-production project to be produced by a leading Hollywood producer.
Sony Network Services in the negotiation of an agreement with Alltel, the U.S. mobile network operator, to provide the "StreamMan" personalized music service to Alltel's cellphone customers.
Regularly advise the NFL on a range of broadband issues, from net neutrality to online privacy to compulsory copyright, and briefed the NBA on how the media landscape is changing, and how broadband is both a compliment and a threat to existing models.
Represented the National Football League in a copyright infringement action against a satellite carrier, successfully obtaining statutory damages and a permanent injunction prohibiting satellite retransmission of game telecasts originating in the United States to locations outside the United States.
Assist the National Football League in registering copyright and combatting the unauthorized retransmission and public performance of NFL game telecasts over the internet.
Representation of the National Football League in multiple federal court cases to enjoin the unauthorized retransmission and public performance of NFL game telecasts across U.S. borders via satellite and the Internet and within U.S. borders where games are locally blacked-out, or otherwise unauthorized.
Representation of the National Football League in its $17 billion, 8-year U.S. network television programming agreements and in its agreements with AOL, SportsLine.com and others for the joint production of the official NFL websites.
Advised on news gathering issues in relation to an undercover documentary being filmed in Europe and Africa.
Advise on cutting edge trademark strategies, domain name, social media, and keyword advertising issues, manage U.S. and global portfolios, and provided trademark advisory and prosecution services to leading US and global brand owners, including: American Automobile Association (AAA); AOL, Inc.; Astelllas US; Business Software Alliance; Dale & Thomas Popcorn; Expedia, Inc.; FeraDyne Outdoors; German American Chambers of Commerce; Lewis Bakeries, Inc.; Merck & Co. Inc.; Microsoft Corporation; National Basketball Association; National Football League; National Geographic Society; National Hockey League; Public Broadcasting Service; Phi Beta Kappa Society; Promontory Financial Group; and U.S. Soccer Federation.
Advised Microsoft on Internet Protocol Television issues, including testimony before Congress, appearances at the FCC, and industry negotiations, and advised on industry negotiations to encourage movie studios and the cable industry to use their digital rights management technology for distributing movie and other content over the Internet.
Representation of numerous clients, including Microsoft, Verizon, New Skies Satellites, LIN Television, American Automobile Association and Ourisman Dodge in UDRP domain name proceedings.
Representation of a Mexico-based multi-system cable operator in a joint venture with a Mexico-based local and long-distance telecom company.
Representation of numerous clients, including Merck, Verizon, Spirits International, National Geographic Society, Public Broadcasting Services, M Financial, Promontory Financial Group, U.S. Soccer Federation, Lewis Brothers Bakeries and Rosie O’Donnell in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Representation of National Geographic Society in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts against claims of infringement of an alleged family of ZONE marks asserted by the author of a series of ZONE books on health and nutrition; and in an opposition proceeding before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, claiming that applicant's EXPLORE CHANNEL mark is likely to cause confusion with National Geographic's EXPLORER marks.
NASCAR in connection with the production and distribution of content related to the Daytona 500 on iTunes.
Representation of NBA Properties and the NBA member teams in trademark litigation concerning the DREAM TEAM mark in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and also in anti-counterfeiting litigation concerning other NBA marks brought in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against purveyors of counterfeit NBA merchandise in connection with an NBA All-Star game.
Advised on the full-range of political advertising issues, with clients ranging from candidates to political parties, to broadcast stations.
Assist the client in preparation of a position paper concerning potential amendments to anti-circumvention provisions of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and in preparation of comments to the Copyright Office on proposed exemptions to Section 1201.
Production counsel for “The Karate Kid” (Columbia Pictures, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan), box office hit “Let the Bullets Fly” (actor-director Jiang Wen), and leading Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige’s “The Orphan of Zhao.”
Production counsel for Keanu Reeves’s directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi," a co-production involving Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia and China Film Group, which was picked up for release by Universal.
Advised on privacy, libel and related liability issues relating to user-generated content.
Representation of private equity firms and other financial investors in connection with their broadcast media interests.
Chief outside counsel to a leading independent producer of Chinese reality television shows, including "Pepsi’s Battle of the Bands" and the "Miss Universe China Reignwood Pageant."
Representation of Open Mobile Video Coalition, consisting of some 800 television stations, which seeks to facilitate and promote mobile and portable video opportunities for broadcasters, equipment manufacturers and content suppliers.
Pearl Mobile DTV in establishing a nine-company venture to provide Mobile Digital Television services in the United States. Covington attorneys led the negotiations leading to the creation of the Pearl Mobile DTV venture, the negotiation of content license agreements, and public policy efforts before Congress and at the White House and the FCC.
Representation of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in proceedings before the FCC, U.S. Copyright Office and other policy settings, including with respect to the role and distribution of educational and other noncommercial media across the broadcast, online, mobile and other IP-based platforms.
Representation of Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) in trademark litigation to recover the PBS.COM domain name in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; and in an opposition proceeding before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, claiming that applicant's mark BE MORE RESPONSIBLE is likely to cause confusion with PBS's BE MORE mark.
Advise Public Broadcasting Service in negotiations and administrative proceedings relating to the distribution of statutory copyright royalties by the United States Copyright Office.
Representation of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in a trial of false advertising claims brought by PBS challenging a video marketer’s use of the phrase “public television presents” in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Representation of Public Broadcasting Service in multi-party litigation before the Copyright Royalty Board seeking to recover public television's share of more than $750 million in royalties paid by cable operators for the distant retransmission of broadcast programming.
Assessed proposed communications laws in countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Led an 80-member media coalition in persuading Congress to introduce legislation to protect journalists’ rights to protect their sources.
Negotiated advertising transitions involving paid-programming (or “infomercials”).
Advised on the advertising of “functional foods” -- foods and dietary supplements with particular health benefits and organic foods.
Advise U.S. software company, Adobe, on a media-related project in China.
Negotiated advertising-based content licensing arrangements, including in print, broadcast, and online media, and those associated with mobile-telephone content.
China Filmed Entertainment in production, financing, and distribution arrangements for films including The Painted Veil, Forbidden Kingdom, and Crazy Stone; and Season 15 of CBS/Mark Burnett’s Survivor (shot entirely in China).
Advised Celestial Pictures on certain PRC regulatory issues in connection with the formation of Celestial Tiger Entertainment, the joint venture Celestial formed with Lionsgate and the Saban Capital Group in late 2011.
Representation of a client in connection with obtaining UK merger clearance for the sale of a UK cable business.
Representation of a client opposed to certain aspects of proposed European Digital Video Broadcasting Standards, a matter on which we integrated our expertise in IP law, competition law and substantive and procedural aspects of the EU standardization process.
Representation of a client in the EU opposing the merger of two, U.S.-based global telecom service providers -- a matter that involved complex issues under EU competition law.
Representation of a client in financing a national wireless telecommunications system in India.
Providing legal advice to a subsidiary of Legendary Pictures as China production counsel for “Great Wall,” to be directed by Zhang Yimou and possibly the largest budget picture ever to be produced in China.
Advising major Hollywood studios on film projects in China.
Belo Corp. in the formation of a joint venture with Right This Minute LLC to produce and distribute alternative news programming to local television stations.
Barrington Broadcasting in a novel four-station shared services/joint-sales arrangement with Granite Broadcasting for coordinated television station operations in two markets.
Belo Corporation, an owner of television and radio stations and daily newspapers, in an agreement with Weathernews, Inc., an aggregator of digital content. Belo provided news and weather information, including video clips, for distribution by Weathernews to mobile telephones.
Representation of the TV industry trade association, the Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc. (MSTV), with respect to legislative and regulatory issues affecting broadcast television service, including the congressionally-mandated transition to an all-digital television service in June 2009 and the FCC's preparation of the National Broadband Plan mandated by Congress in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Representation of AT&T in a trial in the District of Maryland concerning claims by a competitor that AT&T’s advertisements for telephone calling cards were misleading.
Representation of Baidu, Inc., China’s leading search engine, with respect to a media venture.
CBSInteractive in various service agreements for digital media, wireless, and advertising services.
Copyright and IP advice to Celestial Pictures, the owner of the Shaw Brothers library, the largest Chinese-language film collection in the world.
Covington successfully represented CBS against a threat by the FCC to make hundreds of thousands of pages of highly confidential programming contracts and negotiation materials available to hundreds of third parties. The D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of CBS, stating the FCC’s decision was “both substantively and procedurally flawed.”
Representation of broadcasters on a range of legislative issues, including media ownership and the digital television transition. When the FCC proposed to increase the number of stations a network could own, Covington led the effort to urge Congress to adopt a special provision reversing the FCC. On behalf of broadcasters, we have been deeply involved in drafting every provision affecting the digital television transition over the past decade. Our long involvement in these issues before the Commission enable us to contribute effectively and efficiently to the debate before Congress.
Advised local broadcasters, which have unique content in many markets, as they explore deals to move their content to broadband platforms, advised the Washington Post, and worked for many years with the NFL on a range of important communications and media issues, including debates on Sunday Ticket, importation of distant signals, and Internet gambling.
Representation of Business Software Alliance and software publishers in preparation of amicus briefs filed in appellate and Supreme Court cases involving seminal copyright issues, including the Napster, AOL and Grokster cases.
Advice regarding sponsorship and financing negotiations for the proposed USA Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
Advised the United States Tennis Association Incorporated and ESPN, Inc. on an 11-year broadcast deal regarding telecasting the entire US Open exclusively on ESPN networks starting in 2015.
Wide ranging advice to Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia, which has co-produced leading Chinese box office hits such as Stephen Chow’s “Journey to the West.”
Represented Pearl Mobile DTV in establishing a nine-company venture to provide Mobile Digital Television services in the United States. Covington led the negotiations leading to the creation of the Pearl Mobile DTV venture, the negotiation of content license agreements, and public policy efforts before Congress and at the White House and the FCC.
Representation of Univision Communications in all communications-related regulatory matters. Univision is the nation’s largest integrated Spanish-language media company and the fifth-largest broadcast network in any language, which owns nearly 150 radio and television stations, three national programming networks, internet portals and a suite of mobile communications products.
Assisted a European telecommunications company in protecting its interests with the European Commission in a bilateral EU-U.S. regulatory dispute.
Advised Village Roadshow Limited (VRL) on its destination theme park on Hainan Island, China. The theme park will focus on marine animal attractions, with a similar format to VRL’s Sea World on Australia's Gold Coast, and will also include a Wet ‘n Wild style water park.
Representation of TDS Telecom on a range of wireline issues before the FCC, including universal service, ETC regulation, intercarrier compensation and CALEA. We represent the world’s largest independent directory assistance providers on a range of issues before the FCC, including retail competition.
Representation of Washington National Cathedral in a copyright action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to enjoin a major movie studio from its unauthorized use of a Cathedral sculpture in a popular feature film.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in the creation of its joint venture with CBS Sports and the venture’s 14-year television and new media rights agreement with the NCAA to present the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
Advise two of the major Hollywood studios on a number of different feature films in China. Film projects for the majors include both studio films intended for wide international release, as well as local Chinese-language productions. Work for the majors also include advice regarding cooperation agreements, development, copyright and IP infringement, and relationships with talent.
Representation of Qwest Communications International Inc. in a number of strategic transactions and proposed transactions, including its merger with CenturyLink (as local counsel in the District of Columbia and Maryland).
Representation of Raycom’s CBS-affiliated station in Cleveland in opposing a newsgathering restriction imposed by the mayor of the City of Cleveland. Within 24 hours of the imposition of a ban on contacts to our clients’ journalists, we had begun preparation of an injunction action. Following initial hearings, we negotiated a resolution that resulted in full reinstitution of access for our client.
Representation of Pulitzer-prize winning author Ron Suskind in connection with his investigative work on the war on terror and in particular, with his most recent bestselling work, The One Percent Doctrine.
Representation of Qualcomm in numerous European acquisitions and investments including its $200 million joint venture and private equity investment with Omnia, a subsidiary of Saudi Oger, to create a UK-based company to deploy CDMA-based technology.
Representation of one of the industry’s largest rural local exchange carriers as principal outside regulatory counsel in the U.S. in connection with universal service, intercarrier compensation and broadband compliance, investigations and policymaking proceedings.
Covington is the only law firm member of the San Francisco Digital Media Advisory Council, a coalition between the City of San Francisco and a host of leading digital media and entertainment companies, including Electronic Arts, Lucasfilm, Dolby Labs, Wild Brain Entertainment, Giant Killer Robots, Dreamworks Animation and Pixar.
Representation of the Newspaper Association of America, and an 70-member media coalition, in spearheading federal legislation to establish a journalists’ privilege. We have worked closely with proponents of legislation and with Congress to suggest creative solutions to protecting the integrity of the journalistic enterprise, in both traditional and digital media, while taking into account legitimate law enforcement and anti-terrorism concerns.
Represented NextWave, other applicants and licensees, and numerous investors in connection with new spectrum ideas, purchases, auctions and new technologies in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 2 GHz spectrum.
Representation of the National Football League in negotiations for digital downloads of NFL content and a wide range of other new media deals with Yahoo!, iTunes and others.
Waging on behalf of the Network Affiliated Stations Alliance and the National Association of Broadcasters a multi-year, multi-venue battle before Congress, the FCC, and the Third and D.C. Circuits Courts of Appeals on the national television ownership rule, successfully achieving a legislative reversal of the FCC’s decision.
For New Skies, a spin-off of Intelsat, we have provided FCC advice and also have handled arbitration, litigation, export control and intellectual property projects.
Assisted various financial and strategic investors in conducting due diligence reviews of PanAmSat, Hughes Network Systems, and Intelsat in connection with the sale of such companies.
On behalf of MSTV, representing the television industry on key legislative, FCC and industry issues, including, for example, negotiating a template agreement with Sprint Nextel for the migration of broadcast ENG services out of the 2 GHz spectrum, the implementation of a “hard date” for the transition to a digital-only television service, and for the process of electing and assigning final DTV channels.
Representation of Ontario Teachers Pension Fund, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners in their $33 billion acquisition of BCE, Inc., the parent of Bell Canada.
Provided pre-publication review, newsgathering and subpoena defense work for television clients in some 25 states on a 24/7/365 basis. To ensure that our team is fully available to journalists around the clock, we have established technical solutions so that scripts, video clips and documents are distributed electronically to all members of our team simultaneously.
Representation of TerreStar Networks, one of the companies that won a license to offer mobile satellite service (“MSS”) in the 2 GHz band, on critical milestone compliance and MSS spectrum allocation issues.
Representation of Verizon in a dispute with the Recording Industry Association of America over the application of safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to subscribers’ sharing of music and other content using peer-to-peer services.
Advised XM Satellite Radio on an insurance claim arising out of the solar array anomaly in its two Boeing 702 satellites and have advised a leading aerospace insurance broker on the wording of satellite-in-orbit policies.
A Covington partner testified in favor of, and played an advisory role in crafting, federal legislation to limit “libel tourism,” the practice of libel plaintiffs suing U.S. publishers abroad. The resulting legislation, the SPEECH Act, unanimously passed the House and the Senate and was signed into law in August 2010.
Advised two major national news and public affairs magazines and a national newspaper on international newsgathering and libel exposure issues. For example, we have advised on the use of hidden cameras in Africa, India and Europe. We also represented a 50-member media coalition in successfully persuading Canadian courts not to exercise jurisdiction over the Washington Post in Bangoura v. Washington Post.
Represented the Association of Public Television Stations before the D.C. Circuit, in successfully defending an FCC order providing that public television stations may use their surplus digital capacity for commercial purposes, including non-broadcast advertisements.
Developed a litigation strategy for several members of an industry federation to challenge an advertising ban imposed by an EU directive for violations of the free speech provisions of Article 10 of the European Human Rights Convention.
Successfully defended 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and Chernin Entertainment in a federal copyright infringement lawsuit filed in the Central District of California. After extensive litigation, the case settled, with a complete walkaway and limit on future suits.
Helped structure and advise on multi-faceted sponsorship arrangements between pharmaceutical manufacturers and sports leagues.
TouchTunes Music Corporation, the largest digital jukebox manufacturer, in connection with general matters.
The Washington Post Company in connection with its sale of Newsweek.
Provided advice on sweepstakes and other commercial promotions.
China counsel for Season 15 of CBS/Mark Burnett’s “Survivor” (which was shot entirely in China).
After five-month bench trial, won verdict of nearly $30 million on behalf of New Media Holdings in multinational corporate control dispute over ownership of Ukrainian television network.
Representation of Verizon Communications in several transactions, including its $3.89 billion acquisition of AOL. Also advised the company in connection with its purchase of UK-based Vodafone’s 45 percent ownership of Verizon Wireless, as well as Vodafone’s purchase of Verizon’s interest in Vodafone Italy, which was valued at $124.1 billion.
Representation of Altice N.V., in its $18 billion acquisition of Cablevision Systems Corp. and its $9.1 billion acquisition of Suddenlink.
Advised Newport Television LLC in connection with the sale of broadcast television stations to Sinclair Broadcasting, Nexstar Broadcasting, and Cox Media Group.
Counseling for joint ventures for a variety of clients in media and communications, including cable channel ventures, joint ventures for video programming and content, and satellite, wireless, and broadcast joint ventures.
Representation of Qualcomm in connection with its acquisition of CSR plc, with filings in China, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Representation of Microsoft Corp. in its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype Communications S.à.r.l., the largest acquisition in the company’s history, in connection with its $4.5 billion acquisition of certain Nortel patents, in its $7.2 billion acquisition of the handset division of Nokia, and its $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang, the developer of Minecraft.
Representation of Electronic Arts in its acquisition of a 19.9% stake in French game company Ubisoft Entertainment, in a transaction requiring the participation of multiple Covington offices on various corporate, antitrust and international issues.
Represented AOL in the sale of its ICQ instant messaging business to Mail.ru Group Limited.
We represented Fox Networks Group in various agreements for carriage of the Fox suite of cable networks and the Fox owned and operated broadcast television stations on various “over-the-top” Internet-based distribution platforms.
The National Football League in negotiating its $18 billion eight-year programming agreements with ABC, CBS and Fox Television, its interactive media rights/online cross-promotion and marketing agreement with AOL, CBS and Sportsline.com, and its international content distribution deal with Yahoo!
We represented the NBA in a multi-year deal to stream live NBA games in virtual reality in a partnership with NextVR, which will become the official live virtual reality partner of the NBA. During the 2016-2017 season, live VR games will first be available to NBA League Pass subscribers, with single-game purchase opportunities to follow for all VR consumers as the NextVR app becomes available on new VR devices.
We represented Pac-12 Networks in its deal with Twitter for streaming of 150 live Olympic sports events from the Pac-12 universities.
Representing CenturyLink, Inc. on communications regulatory and national security matters in connection with its acquisition of Level 3 Communications Inc. in a transaction valued at $34 billion.
December 6, 2016, Covington Alert
On December 2, 2016, the English High Court ruled that the members of the band Duran Duran would be in breach of the contracts under which they assigned their publishing copyrights if they exercised their U.S. statutory right to terminate the transfer of the U.S. copyrights under section 203 of the Copyright Act. The case, Gloucester Place Music Limited v Simon ...
September 20, 2016, Bloomberg BNA
Jason Criss is quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article regarding President Obama’s grounds for legal claims against Donald Trump for knowingly spreading false information about Obama’s place of birth. According to Criss, “The president would have to prove that Trump made false statements, either knowing that they were false or being reckless as to their truth or ...
September 1, 2016, The Recorder
Wade Ackerman and Robyn Polashuk are quoted in a Recorder article regarding the growth of the firm’s LA office, which includes Ackerman’s recent arrival. "We're in a period of unprecedented change in the way products are regulated, and a lot of companies are on the West Coast,” said Ackerman.
Commenting on West Coast business, Polashuk says, “It hasn't been, ...
June 21, 2016, Inside Tech Media
In the context of its Digital Single Market (“DSM”) Strategy for the European Union (“EU”), the European Commission (“Commission”) published a proposal for an updated Audiovisual Media Services Directive (“AVMSD” or the “Directive”) on 25 May 2016 (the “Proposal”). In its Communication on the DSM Strategy, the Commission indicated it would review the AVMSD ...
In the context of its Digital Single Market (“DSM”) Strategy for the European Union (“EU”), the European Commission (“Commission”) published a Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market – Opportunities and Challenges for Europe (the “Communication”) on 25 May 2016. The Communication sets out the Commission’s conclusions and proposals based ...
On 25 May 2016, the European Commission (“Commission”) unveiled a package of measures in the context of its Digital Single Market (“DSM”) Strategy for the European Union (“EU”) that included four legislative proposals designed to boost e-commerce in the EU by tackling unjustified geo-blocking, cross-border parcel delivery, consumer protection and EU audiovisual ...
June 13, 2016, Inside Tech Media
By Miranda Cole, Jennifer Boudet and Jérôme de Ponsay With the European Commission’s recent Digital Single Market (“DSM”) Strategy for the European Union (“EU”) announcements (including several legislative proposals and a Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Market), a number of the Member States are also very active on the issues. Since the German ...
May 31, 2016
WASHINGTON—Ann West Bobeck has joined Covington’s Communications & Media Practice Group. She most recently served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
Over the last 19 years, Ms. Bobeck has held several positions at the NAB. As Deputy General Counsel, she represented full-power radio and television ...
WASHINGTON—Covington advised Graham Media Group in its definitive agreement to purchase WCWJ, the CW affiliate serving Jacksonville, FL and WSLS-TV, the NBC affiliate serving Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA, from Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Media General.
The Covington team included corporate partners Paul Rogers and Michael Cutler, with associate Adina Lord. ...
April 20, 2016
LOS ANGELES — Covington partners Emily Henn, Robyn Polashuk and Sonya Winner have been named to the Daily Journal’s annual list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. The list recognizes 100 lawyers who “try complex commercial disputes and put together industry-transforming deals.”
Ms. Henn, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, co-chairs the firm’s Class ...
April 12, 2016
NEW YORK — Covington advised Turner Sports on the extension of its rights to distribute the NCAA men’s basketball tournament via a partnership with CBS. With the extension in place, Turner and CBS will hold the media rights for “March Madness” through 2032.
The new agreement allows the networks to distribute the tournament games across a wide range of their ...
February 18, 2016, Communications Daily
Gerry Waldron is quoted in this Communications Daily article discussing the history of the 1996 Telecom Act. Waldron remembers drafting many telecom bills as a House aide "that went nowhere" after the 1984 breakup of the old AT&T/Bell local and long-distance phone monopoly. But he said the legislative efforts gained momentum with enactment of a cable act in 1992 ...
February 3, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Covington assisted the National Football League in negotiating its partnership with CBS and NBC to produce and televise "Thursday Night Football" for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
In addition to continuing its Thursday Night Football partnership with CBS, the NFL is adding NBC as a partner, with both networks set to air five Thursday Night Football ...
January 27, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - Covington’s Paul Tagliabue has been appointed to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Anna Spangler Nelson, a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, were also named to the commission.
The Knight Commission has played an influential and independent role ...
December 22, 2015, Sports Business Daily
Doug Gibson is quoted in this Sports Business Daily article profiling high-ranking sports executives and asking their thoughts on the biggest storylines of 2015. Gibson, who highlights the “continuing proliferation of content distributed solely over-the-top and the continuing growth, particularly within millennials, of ‘cord-cutters’ and ‘cord-nevers,” points to ...
December 4, 2015, China Daily
Jason Goldberg participated in a discussion at the Asia Leadership Roundtable forum titled "The Strategic Implications for Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong's Film Industry under the IP Era." China Daily quoted Goldberg, who said, "Movie companies should think long-term how IP protection can provide income in the future.” He continued, "The awareness of IP ...
October 28, 2015, Inside Tech Media
On 27 October 2015, the European Parliament adopted the new Telecoms Single Market legislation without a number of proposed amendments relating to net neutrality. As a result, while the Regulation requires Internet service providers (“ISPs”) to “treat all traffic equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference, independently of its sender or ...
September 9, 2015, Law360
Yaron Dori was quoted in this article.
August 20, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, August 20, 2015 — Covington advised Tencent Holdings Ltd. on its US$50 million investment in Ontario-based Kik Interactive, Inc., a messenger application with more than 200 million registered users.
Tencent is a Chinese company that provides value-added Internet, mobile and telecom services and online advertising. Its messaging app WeChat has ...
June 19, 2015, Inside Tech Media
On 17 June, the UK Competition & Markets Authority (“CMA”) published its report on the commercial use of consumer data collected by companies. The CMA began its review of the issue with a call for information in January. In short, the CMA concludes that, while consumer data presents some characteristics that sets it apart from … Continue Reading
June 8, 2015, Inside Tech Media
Digital markets are currently the focus of much attention in the European Union (“EU”). The European Commission recently unveiled its Digital Single Market Strategy, which incorporates DG COMP’s e-commerce sector inquiry. The issue of the regulation of digital markets, potentially beyond the application of competition law, is also being discussed at national ...
June 4, 2015, Inside Tech Media
The Court of Justice of the EU (‘CJEU’) has held that an exclusive choice of forum clause can validly be imposed by so-called “click-wrap” contracts in online B2B transactions (see Case C‑322/14, El Majdoub v. CarsOnTheWeb.Deutschland GmbH). The ruling will make it easier for online businesses in the EU to impose a favorable choice of … Continue Reading
May 22, 2015
NEW YORK, May 22, 2015 — Covington advised European telecommunications company Altice S.A. (Euronext ATC) in a $9.1 billion deal to acquire a controlling stake in Suddenlink, the seventh largest cable operator in the U.S.
Under the terms of the agreement, Altice will enter the U.S. cable television and broadband market by acquiring 70 percent of the share ...
May 18, 2015
SILICON VALLEY, May 15, 2015 — Covington partners Emily Johnson Henn and Robyn Polashuk have been named to the Daily Journal’s list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. The list recognizes 100 lawyers who “try complex commercial disputes and put together industry-transforming deals.”
Ms. Henn, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, was recognized for her ...
May 8, 2015, Inside Tech Media
In a Public Notice released this week, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau provided details regarding the procedures by which video programming distributors (including broadcasters and MVPDs) must report video programmers who refuse to provide widely available closed captioning quality certifications. The procedures described in the Public Notice ...
April 30, 2015, Inside Tech Media
The FCC Media Bureau’s designated May 29, 2015 “Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline” is rapidly approaching. Full power and Class A facilities must be licensed by this deadline in order to be eligible for protection in the repacking process that will be part of the television incentive auction. For these purposes, facilities subject to a pending application … ...
April 22, 2015, Covington E-Alert
April 7, 2015
LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2015 — Multichannel News named Covington partner Robyn Polashuk one of nine leading cable-industry lawyers “who seal the deals in cable.”
In its profile, Multichannel News highlighted Ms. Polashuk’s work on a wide array of distribution deals, including Univision in its broadcast and cable carriage deal with Dish Network’s OTT Sling TV ...
March 11, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2015 — Covington’s Jeff Kosseff has co-authored “Law for Media Startups,” a 12-chapter web guide for entrepreneurs launching media ventures and educators teaching students how to do it. The guide, co-authored by J-Lab Executive Director Jan Schaffer, was published by City University of New York’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial ...
February 12, 2015, Law360
Covington's Robyn Polashuk and Lala Qadir have authored this piece on the measure by the Federal Communications Commission relating to Internet transmissions.
January 27, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, January 27, 2015 — Covington was named one of the top 2014 “Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year” by Law360.Law360 highlighted the practice for its involvement in “the most-talked-about sports media rights deals last year,” including the NFL's Sunday Ticket agreement with DirecTV, Steve Ballmer’s bid for the Los Angeles Clippers, ...
January 27, 2015, Law360
The firm is featured in this article regarding being named a "Media & Entertainment Practice Group of the Year."
"Covington & Burling LLP was involved in the most-talked-about sports media rights deals last year, including the NFL's $12 billion Sunday Ticket pact with DirecTV, and helped seal Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion bid for the Los Angeles Clippers, making ...
December 3, 2014, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, November 24, 2014 — Law360 named Covington & Burling partner Doug Gibson a “most valuable player” in media and entertainment law. Law360’s “MVP of the Year” awards recognize lawyers who have had successes in record-breaking deals, high-stakes litigation, and complex global matters in the past year. In a profile on Mr. Gibson, Law360 cited his ...
August 1, 2014
REDWOOD SHORES, CA, August 1, 2014 — Robyn Polashuk has joined Covington & Burling as a partner in the firm’s communications and media practice, focusing on video content distribution. Ms. Polashuk’s practice focuses on the licensing and distribution of video content across a variety of platforms and business models - from cable, satellite and IPTV to broadband ...
July 24, 2014, Law360
Covington partner Kurt Wimmer is quoted in this article regarding the Federal Trade Commission pursuing companies such as Snapchat Inc. and Fandango LLC over allegedly misleading privacy promises and lax data security.
"To me, the FTC's work in the first half of 2014 has been more about security than privacy — both in advocating for its ability under Section 5 ...
June 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, June 26, 2014 — The Legal 500 U.S. has ranked Covington & Burling in its top tier in eight practice areas and recognized 23 individual attorneys as “Leading Lawyers” in the directory’s 2014 edition. Additionally, Legal 500 “recommended” 42 Covington practice areas and 153 Covington lawyers. The eight Covington practices given the top tier ranking ...
April 3, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2014 — For the third consecutive year, Covington & Burling has been nominated for the 2014 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence in five national practice areas. Chambers released its “shortlist” of the law firms nominated based on their pre-eminence and recent achievements. Covington is a finalist in the areas of insurance, international ...
December 27, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, December 27, 2013 — Covington & Burling served as communications regulatory counsel to Tribune Company in its $2.73 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings, LLC. Completed today, the acquisition includes television stations in more than a dozen key markets. Debevoise & Plimpton served as deal counsel to Tribune Company.
Under the deal, Tribune ...
December 23, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, December 23, 2013 — Covington & Burling represented Gannett Co., Inc. in obtaining Federal Communications Commission approval of its acquisition of Belo Corp. Completed today, the $2.2 billion transaction nearly doubles the broadcast television portfolio of Gannett.
The Covington team was led by Jennifer Johnson with assistance from Kurt ...
LONDON, 4 December, 2013 — London associate Emilie Jones has been named ‘Associate Solicitor of the Year’ as part of Legal Week’s The British Legal Awards. Ms. Jones was recognised for her innovative work for Covington’s brands practice, which focuses on the strategic challenges that brands face, from creating new brands, to diversifying into new markets, and ...
November 20, 2013, Covington E-Alert
September 3, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, September 3, 2013 — Covington & Burling is advising Microsoft Corp. in its purchase of substantially all of Nokia’s devices & services business. Under the transaction, Microsoft will also license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services. The total transaction price is EUR 5.44 billion in cash — or more than $7 billion.
WASHINGTON, DC, July 2, 2013 — Gannett Co., Inc. and Belo Corp. announced on June 13 that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement in which Gannett will acquire all outstanding shares of Belo for $13.75 per share in cash, or approximately $1.5 billion, and assume $715 million of Belo’s existing debt.
Covington & Burling advised Gannett, the ...
July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, July 1, 2013 — Covington & Burling is serving as communications counsel to Tribune Company in its agreement to acquire Local TV Holdings, LLC, for $2.725 billion in cash. The acquisition includes all of Local TV’s 19 television stations in 16 key markets.
Under the deal, Tribune will become the country’s largest commercial TV station owner, ...
June 13, 2013, Covington E-Alert
February 21, 2013, Law360
January 28, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2013 — Law360 named Covington one of the top five “Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.” In a profile highlighting Covington’s communications and media-related work, Law360 noted the group’s recent victory for independent television networks. The firm convinced the Federal Communications Commission that Comcast Cable ...
WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2012 — Covington & Burling received 97 first-tier practice rankings in the 2013 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News-Best Lawyers, placing Covington among the top 10 firms nationwide. Covington was also named “Law Firm of the Year” in both FDA Law and Corporate Compliance Law. The honor is presented to one law firm in each of the ...
August 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 27, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 196 individual mentions in 57 areas of law in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top U.S. lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as ...
August 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 14, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP has received a top tier ranking in six practice areas and 18 individual attorneys are named “Leading Lawyers” in the recently released Legal 500 US 2012 edition. Additionally, Legal 500 US also “recommended” 36 Covington practice areas and 123 Covington lawyers.
The six Covington practices given the top ...
July 25, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2012 — The Federal Communications Commission handed a decisive victory to the Tennis Channel yesterday in its discriminatory carriage lawsuit against Comcast Cable Communications, the largest distributor of video programming content.
Covington & Burling secured the victory against the largest content distributor in the nation. The ...
June 29, 2012
BEIJING, 29 June, 2012 — Variety magazine has named Beijing-based Covington & Burling of counsel Jason Goldberg one of “50 Game-Changing Attorneys” in its 2012 Legal Impact Report. The special feature recognizes the world’s top entertainment lawyers whose deals and court battles over the past 18 months have changed the shape of the business.
In a June 25 ...
June 11, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2012 — Chambers USA recognized 106 individual Covington & Burling lawyers and 46 Covington practice areas in the 2012 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guidebook released on June 7, 2012.
Many of the 106 Covington lawyers ranked by Chambers USA were recognized in multiple categories, resulting in a total of 131 ...
June 7, 2012, Covington Advisory
May 29, 2012
LONDON, 29 May, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce Louise Nash as the new London office managing partner. She succeeds Roger Enock, who steps down after five years in the role. The firm also announced that Christopher Walter will succeed Ms. Nash as the office deputy managing partner. Mr. Enock will continue as head of the firm’s London ...
May 2, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2012 — D.C. Super Lawyers selected 64 Covington & Burling lawyers for its 2012 list of top legal talent. Super Lawyers selects no more than five percent of the total lawyers who practice in Washington based on peer review and the publication’s independent research.
Deborah Garza and Robert Long have been named among the “Top 100” for ...
January 17, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2012 — The Fritz Pollard Alliance has created the Paul J. Tagliabue Award of Excellence in honor of the former National Football League Commissioner and longtime Covington partner and senior counsel.
The award goes to a league or team executive who demonstrates the integrity and leadership that Mr. Tagliabue showed in developing ...
December 21, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, December 21, 2011 — Following an eight-day bench trial, a Federal Communications Commission Administrative Law Judge ruled in favor of Tennis Channel in its discriminatory carriage lawsuit against Comcast Cable Communications.
This historic decision is the first time any independent programming network has won a discrimination case against a ...
December 15, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, December 15, 2011 — Covington advised the National Football League in negotiating nine-year extensions of its Sunday broadcast television packages with CBS, FOX and NBC networks.
The NFL owners voted to approve the package of TV deals with FOX, CBS and NBC on Wednesday. The new agreements, announced yesterday, run through the 2022 season, and ...
November 30, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 30, 2011 — Washingtonian magazine has named 34 Covington & Burling attorneys as “Best Lawyers” in its December issue. The biennial list, compiled by the magazine’s editorial staff, identifies leading lawyers in the Washington area.
Of the approximately 800 “Best Lawyers” identified in the issue, Washingtonian included profiles of 31 ...
November 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2011 — For the second consecutive year, U.S. News-Best Lawyers awarded Covington & Burling the most first-tier practice rankings for Washington, DC in the “Best Law Firms” survey. The 2011-12 survey also awarded the firm 82 first-tier practice rankings, placing Covington among the top 20 firms nationwide.
Additionally, U.S. ...
October 5, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, October 5, 2011 — Best Lawyers named eight Covington & Burling lawyers as the “2012 Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas and cities. According to Best Lawyers, the selected lawyers have received particularly strong ratings in the Best Lawyers' survey by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their “abilities, ...
October 3, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that 10 of its lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership effective October 1. This group is comprised of diverse and talented individuals who have made their mark at Covington through exceptional work and the highest standards of client service. “We’re delighted to welcome these ...
September 9, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, September 9, 2011 — The National Football League has announced that it has entered into a new eight-year agreement with ESPN providing for Monday Night Football, the most successful series in sports media history, to remain on ESPN through the 2021 NFL season. The broad multiplatform agreement, which begins in 2014, includes eight full seasons of ...
September 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 184 individual mentions in 56 areas of law in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows: ...
WASHINGTON, DC, July 1, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that effective today Yaron Dori will assume the presidency of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the nation’s largest non-profit organization of communications lawyers and professionals.
Mr. Dori, co-chair of the firm’s communications and media practice group, has been active ...
June 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP received 123 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2011. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
June 9, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP received 92 individual mentions and 32 practice mentions in the Legal 500 US 2011 edition. Legal 500 reviews the strengths and strategies of law firms in more than 90 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America, and the Caribbean. Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
April 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, April 1, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of two lawyers to of counsel and three lawyers to special counsel.
The new of counsel are as follows:
Alex Chinoy (Washington) focuses his practice on the resolution of international intellectual property disputes, with an emphasis on Section 337 unfair import ...
January 24, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, January 24, 2011 — The University of Texas at Austin, ESPN and UT Athletics' multimedia rights partner IMG College have announced a 20-year agreement to create what soon will be the nation's largest 24-hour television network dedicated to covering a university's intercollegiate athletics, music, cultural arts and academic programs. Covington ...
December 27, 2010, Covington E-Alert
December 7, 2010, Covington E-Alert
November 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, November 16, 2010 — Four Covington & Burling LLP lawyers have been recognized as the "2011 Lawyer of the Year" in their respective practice areas by The Best Lawyers in America. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored.
The Covington lawyers recognized for this honor are:
Jonathan Blake, Washington Communications ...
September 29, 2010, Covington Advisory
September 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 33 first-tier practice rankings in the 2010 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Covington’s first-tier national rankings place it among the top 10 firms nationwide and at the top of the first-tier rankings for Washington, DC.
The inaugural rankings presented in ...
August 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 138 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
August 3, 2010
BEIJING, August 3, 2010 — More than 1,000 attendees were on hand as Covington & Burling LLP co-hosted a major entertainment industry event, the first ever “3D China Summit.” The event, held on July 16 and 17, attracted an unprecedented cross-section of leading film and television producers, film and television technology and effects companies, film and ...
July 22, 2010, Covington Advisory
July 14, 2010, Covington E-Alert
June 23, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 85 individual mentions and 23 practice mentions in the Legal 500 US 2010 edition. Legal 500 reviews the strengths and strategies of law firms in more than 90 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America, and the Caribbean.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
June 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 112 individual mentions and 44 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2010. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
May 26, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, May 26, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP partner Kurt Wimmer received the First Amendment Award from The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press last night during its 40th Anniversary Gala held at Cipriani in New York. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl also were ...
April 23, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2010 — The NCAA has announced a new 14-year television and new media rights agreement with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., to present the Division I Men's Basketball Championship beginning in 2011 through 2024 for total rights fees of approximately $10.8 billion. As part of the agreement, all games will be shown live ...
March 19, 2010, Covington Report
February 3, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, February 3, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Gerard Waldron has rejoined the firm’s Washington office as a partner after serving as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. In this role, Mr. Waldron has been deeply involved in all major energy and ...
2010, E-Commerce Law Reports
December 2009, E-Commerce Law Reports
October 30, 2009, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP today announced that ten of its lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership effective today. The new partners practice in the corporate, litigation, and regulatory fields.
The ten new partners and their practices are as follows:
Marney Cheek (International) represents companies and trade ...
August 7, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP received 131 individual mentions in 38 areas of law in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
July 2009, Utilities Law Review
June 12, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP received 100 individual mentions and 40 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2009. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
November 24, 2008, Covington E-Alert
September 29, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received 124 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession. The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
WASHINGTON, DC, September 23, 2008 — GHL Acquisition Corp. today announced plans to acquire Iridium Holdings LLC in a transaction valued at approximately $591 million. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined enterprise will be renamed Iridium Communications Inc. and apply for listing on the NASDAQ. Covington & Burling LLP served as special ...
WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2008 — The Washington Post Company has reached an agreement with NBC to acquire WTVJ, the NBC owned and operated television station in Miami, Florida. Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc., a Washington Post Company subsidiary, will continue to operate WTVJ as an NBC affiliate. Covington & Burling LLP advised The Washington Post Company on the ...
June 16, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received 81 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in the newly released 2008 Chambers USA. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington ...
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Yaron Dori has joined the firm’s communications and media practice group as of counsel. Mr. Dori will be based in Washington.
Mr. Dori practices primarily in the area of communications and privacy law. He has played key roles in structuring and securing regulatory approvals for ...
WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2008 — LX Networks LLC, a leading producer of local television and broadband video programming under the LX.TV name, has been acquired by the NBC Local Media Division of NBC Universal. The announcement was made today. Covington & Burling LLP advised LX Networks in the deal. Founded in 2006 and based in New York, LX’s programming ...
LONDON, December 28, 2007 - The latest edition of Chambers Global has ranked Covington & Burling LLP’s expertise in 12 categories globally. “Sound knowledge of the industry” and “sheer breadth of experience“ are just some of the comments gathered by the research team from the firm’s clients. The firm has also achieved 10 individual rankings and a further 16 ...
LONDON, December 17, 2007 - Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce its role in advising HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment producers and rights owner, on a joint venture with Chellomedia, which currently operates 27 branded TV channels across Europe, to launch JimJam internationally. JimJam is a pre-school children’s ...
WASHINGTON, DC, December 3, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Paul Tagliabue, most recently the National Football League’s Commissioner and previously a Covington partner, is rejoining the firm as senior of counsel effective December 1st. Mr. Tagliabue will serve in the firm’s Washington, DC and New York offices, and will advise clients ...
WASHINGTON, DC, November 30, 2007 — Nineteen Covington & Burling LLP attorneys are recognized as “Top Lawyers” in the December 2007 issue of Washingtonian magazine. The list, compiled by the magazine’s editorial staff based on peer recommendations, identifies leading lawyers in the Greater Washington area. Of the “Top Lawyers,” Washingtonian identified 30 as the ...
October 24, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, October 24, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP partners Stuart E. Eizenstat and George F. Pappas were recognized as the “Leading Lawyers” in their respective fields at the Legal Times Leading Lawyers awards presentation held last night at the Willard Inter-Continental Washington. The awards presentation was the culmination of the publication’s ...
September 27, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, September 27, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP partner Stuart Eizenstat was recently named a “Leading International Trade Lawyer” by Legal Times as part of that publication’s series profiling the top ten lawyers in particular practice areas. Mr. Eizenstat heads the firm’s international practice. The feature story, published on September 17th, ...
WASHINGTON, DC, September 18, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP advised the CBS Television Network Affiliates Association in a deal with CBS Interactive to stream network video content on up to 200 local station websites. Pursuant to this new arrangement, affiliates will be able to provide access to a range of CBS entertainment, sports and news content via a video ...
WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP is strengthening its growing international practice with the addition of Ellen R. Eliasoph, a senior lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in China and Japan. Ms. Eliasoph will be resident in Covington’s Washington office as senior of counsel, where she will help US and European clients navigate ...
September 6, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, September 6, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP received 115 individual mentions in 38 areas of law in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession. The recipients are as follows:
Administrative: E. Edward Bruce and ...
LONDON, 6 August, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of two associates in the London office: Janet Kidd joins the European Life Sciences Group and Mark Young joins the European TMC Practice. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Janet spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry where she worked for household names such as Pfizer, ...
WASHINGTON, DC, April 20, 2007 — Clear Channel Communications, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Television Group to Providence Equity Partners Inc. for approximately $1.2 billion. The sale includes 35 full power television stations located in 24 markets across the United States. Included in the sale are the stations’ ...
March 7, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that Mace Rosenstein has joined the firm as a partner. He will be resident in the firm’s Washington office, and will serve as co-chair of the firm’s Communications and Media practice group.Mr. Rosenstein’s practice focuses on broadcast station investments, transactions and regulation. He has ...
January 10, 2007
Covington & Burling LLP recently advised The New York Times Company on the sale of its broadcast media group. For more information, please click here.
WASHINGTON, DC, November 15, 2006 — An affiliate of Diamond Castle Holdings LLC announced the acquisition of BlueStone Television LLC for $230 million. Covington represented and advised Diamond Castle with respect to the FCC and broadcast industry aspects of the transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2007. Diamond Castle is a New York based ...
August 18, 2006, Covington E-Alert
July 25, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2006 - Covington announced today that partner Kurt Wimmer has been appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Gannett Company, Inc. The appointment will take effect on August 21, 2006. Gannett is one of the world's leading diversified media companies, publishing USA Today and more than 1,000 other daily and non-daily ...
June 5, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2006 - Fifty Covington & Burling lawyers practicing in 27 fields and in each of the firm's US offices were recognized as "leaders in their field" in this year's edition of Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers. The 2006 edition of Chambers USA, which was released June 2, 2006, attempts to identify the most skilled legal ...
Spring 2006, Communications Lawyer
May 25, 2006
LONDON, May 25, 2006 - Kangaroo Media Inc. and Formula One Management Limited announced yesterday that they have entered into a six-year licence agreement to provide fans at all Formula OneTM events with access to live race video, audio and data on Kangaroo Media's unique Kangaroo TVTM hand-held device. Covington & Burling's team that advised Kangaroo Media was ...
April 7, 2006, Covington E-Alert
February 28, 2006, Covington E-Alert
January 25, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2006 - Today, Covington & Burling recognizes the tremendous effort and dedication of the Bulgarian National Services to Combat Organized Crime (NSCOC) agency and Microsoft Corporation, for the January 18-19 police raid that resulted in the arrest of eight individuals allegedly involved in an international criminal network that used ...
January 20, 2006
LONDON, January 20, 2006 - Leading international law firm Covington & Burling advised Sony NetServices on its partnership to offer a 3G mobile music service to Vodafone customers in more than 20 countries.
The cutting edge subscription service, called Vodafone Radio DJ, allows customers to listen to interactive, personalized radio channels streamed to both ...
October 13, 2005
LONDON, U.K., October 13, 2005 - International law firm Covington & Burling announced the successful conclusion of its defense of Transparency International, a non-governmental organization fighting corruption, in connection with a libel claim brought by Slobodan Milosevic in the Berlin Regional court.
Milosevic sued Transparency International under German ...
October 3, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2005 - Covington & Burling announced the election of ten new partners, effective October 1. Stuart Stock, chair of the firm's management committee, commented: "These exceptional lawyers reflect the strength, excellence and diversity of the firm, and the continuing growth of our practices across the firm." Covington's newest partners ...
August 22, 2005
NEW YORK, NY, August 22, 2005 — Covington & Burling advised Grupo Editorial Expansión (GEE) and its parent, Grupo Editorial Medcom (Medcom), in connection with the acquisition of GEE by Time, Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
GEE is the premier publisher of high-end consumer and business magazines in Mexico. Its portfolio of 15 titles ...
June 23, 2005, Covington E-Alert
June 9, 2005, Covington E-Alert
April 19, 2005
Negotiations Culminate in NBC Return to NFL Broadcaster Lineup; Monday Night Football Moving to ESPN with Earlier Kickoff; Sunday Afternoon Partners CBS and FOX Renewing Agreements
Washington, DC, April 19, 2005 -- A team of Covington & Burling lawyers advised the NFL in the strategic planning, development, negotiation and implementation of the League's ...
February 4, 2005
NEW YORK, NY, February 4, 2005 - Covington announced today that partner Daniel M. Mandil has been appointed Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel and Secretary of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. He will be responsible for establishing overall legal policy for the company and its worldwide operations, as well as for overseeing all aspects of operations ...
October 3, 2002
October 3, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling announced that eight attorneys have been elected to the partnership, effective October 1, 2002. New partners in Covington's Litigation Practice include Georgia Kazakis and Edward H. Rippey. Michael S. Labson is a new partner in the firm's Food and Drug and Life Sciences Practices. Erin M. Egan and Jennifer ...
July 24, 2002, Covington Alert
July 18, 2002
July 1, 2002
WASHINGTON, D.C. and LONDON, U.K., July 1, 2002 - The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) announced today that it has awarded its highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, to Kurt Wimmer, a partner with the international law firm Covington & Burling, for his work relating to the First Amendment and freedom of the press. The Sprague Award ...
June 1, 2002
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