Bryan Thompson is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg's Los Angeles office.
With a particular focus on television and digital matters, Bryan advises clients on transactional matters. More specifically, he counsels clients in a variety of corporate matters, including private placements, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance, SEC compliance, strategic alliances and joint ventures, corporate financing, entity formations and capitalization, and licensing, including software and content licensing.
Bryan is member of the firm's Corporate Department and the Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group.
Bryan also has wide-ranging experience in traditional media, where he has represented clients with respect to television program development, production, licensing, and distribution, and also in digital media, where he has represented clients on similar matters. He also has counseled clients on technology licensing, peer-to-peer and direct-to-consumer transactions, privacy law, rights of publicity, fair use and related copyright matters, and international distribution.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Bryan was senior vice president of business and legal affairs for Fox Networks Group, where he served as the head of business affairs for The Jackal Group, a subsidiary studio. Bryan also has previous in-house experience with Yahoo! Inc., where he was counsel for the sports, entertainment, video game, and marketing departments, and Whalerock Industries (previously known as BermanBraun), a digital media company where he served as general counsel. Bryan began his legal career with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he was counsel.
Bryan's varied legal career has afforded him the opportunity to approach legal matters from an array of perspectives. For instance, he has been involved in mergers and acquisitions and corporate financings as outside counsel, been in-house counsel for investors/buyers, and served as in-house counsel for targets. He has represented companies large and small, public and private in connection with significant matters.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board member, Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics
Board member, Los Angeles Team Mentoring
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