Williams & Connolly has extensive experience representing media and entertainment clients in all types of litigation, dating back to the founding of the firm. We have represented some of the largest media companies in the industry, including The Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CNN, News Corp., Fox Television Stations, Inc., 21st Century Fox, Fox News, Time, HBO, The Walt Disney Co., Paramount Pictures, the Atlantic Monthly, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and Google. And we continue to represent global media and entertainment companies, including major newspapers, news magazines, television networks, book publishers, motion picture studios, technology companies, and individual journalists and artists, in every type of litigation in courts across the country—from defamation defense to intellectual property to antitrust and government investigations.
In a well-known and unique part of its practice, Williams & Connolly also represents more than 250 fiction and non-fiction authors. The firm assists an author with the preparation of a proposal, identifies and approaches appropriate publishers, negotiates a deal, and finalizes a publishing agreement, as well as subsidiary rights, movie deals, dramatization rights, and ancillary rights. The firm handles a wide variety of book projects, including best-selling novels, non-fiction works by journalists, business books, how-to and inspirational books, and autobiographies by former government officials, foreign leaders, and entertainment personalities.
As the media and entertainment industry has grown to include digital media, our attorneys are well equipped to handle the novel challenges that arise in this space, with particular experience representing major online service providers in antitrust litigation, government investigations, and licensing disputes.