Tom Guida, Head of Media and Entertainment
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I am a dual qualified lawyer (New York and England & Wales, the latter as of 15 December 2017) specialising in digital and traditional media and entertainment and sports media, and for most of my 20 year career I have represented clients in the development, exploitation and distribution of content assets (including TV, film, sports, interactive, publishing and music) and other intellectual property across all forms of media. I act for production companies, studios and talent, worldwide sports governing bodies and broadcasters, as well as publishers, advertising agencies and games and app developers.
A good deal of my practice involves negotiating complex transactions to finance, develop, acquire, exploit and distribute content across all platforms, often where business development opportunities arise or attract investment due to their convergence. I have particular expertise in structuring joint ventures that join up legacy and new content with digital platforms and media and regularly advises on corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, licencing and services agreements. My work also includes transactional and advisory work in online marketing, advertising and ecommerce, as well as in interactive entertainment and brand development. I have been fortunate to work for clients and projects as diverse as BBC Worldwide, Vice Media, the International Association of Athletics Federations, Immediate Media, Waterfront Media, NBC Universal and The Bureau. Prior to my move to London, was named a New York "Super Lawyer" (top 5% of practising lawyers based on peer voting) by Thomson Reuters in 2009-2014. I am the executive producer of Manhattan Night, released in the US by Lionsgate Premier in 2016.
I studied politics and law at Boston College and Boston College law school. In my spare time I produce independent films, explore new London neighbourhoods with my family and spend too much time thinking about Tottenham Hotspur.