Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 06, 2014
Loeb & Loeb LLP announced today that Robert M. Wise has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the Entertainment Department, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in the television and film industries.
“Bob is a talented and accomplished attorney and we are pleased to welcome him to the firm,” said Loeb & Loeb Chairman Michael D. Beck. “His addition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to further strengthening our preeminent Entertainment and Media Practice, while also continuing Loeb & Loeb’s strategic expansion in the D.C. market.”
Wise is an entertainment attorney whose practice currently focuses on representing independent television production companies in the negotiation of U.S. cable network deals and other transactions relating to the development, production, financing, distribution and licensing of non-scripted/reality television programs. Over the years, his clients have also included Hollywood studios, cable networks, online/digital channels, entertainment lenders and international film distributors, as well as individual producers, writers, directors, actors, reality television performers, and cable network executives.
Craig A. Emanuel, chair of Loeb & Loeb’s Entertainment Department added: “With Bob on the ground in D.C., the firm is able to strategically enhance its profile on both coasts. His reputation in the entertainment industry and unique capabilities in the reality TV production, distribution and development space—already a strong and growing practice area for us—will provide significant additional depth of service for the industry. I am sure he will be a great asset to our clients.”
“Loeb’s reputation in the entertainment industry is second to none and the firm offers my practice a solid and diverse national platform that I couldn’t find anywhere else,” said Wise. “I look forward to joining this talented group and taking advantage of the many practice areas that clients in my area increasingly need.”
Most recently, Wise was the principal of his own law firm, Wise Entertainment Law, which he formed in 2007. Prior to that, he was a partner at Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp. A former resident of Los Angeles, Wise moved to the D.C. area in 1993, where he served as a Senior Vice President at Discovery Communications, one of the largest nonfiction media companies in the world. While there, Wise built teams to handle business affairs and production management for several thousand hours of television programming annually and oversaw Discovery’s $750 million strategic alliance with the BBC, involving co-production of hundreds of hours of television programming and the launch of BBC America in the U.S. and other cable networks worldwide.
Wise earned his J.D. from Stanford University Law School and holds degrees from the University of Cambridge, England and the University of Michigan.
About Loeb & Loeb LLP’s Entertainment Department
Loeb & Loeb's Entertainment Department is among the largest and most comprehensive in the world, with more than 75 attorneys serving a client base throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. The firm’s multi-faceted practice covers all segments of the entertainment industry, including motion pictures, television, music, theatre, interactive and digital entertainment, radio, publishing and sports. U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers recognized the Loeb & Loeb as the 2012 and 2014 “Law Firm of the Year” in Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television.
About Loeb & Loeb LLP
Loeb & Loeb is a multiservice law firm with more than 300 attorneys focusing on select practice areas, rather than endeavoring to be all things to all clients. The firm is recognized as a leading law firm in the areas of capital markets; consumer protection defense; corporate; media and entertainment; intellectual property; litigation; real estate; technology; and tax and wealth services. Loeb & Loeb has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Nashville, Washington, DC, and Beijing, as well as an affiliate office in Hong Kong. http://www.loeb.com
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