NEW YORK – Reed Smith today announced that Christian Simonds has joined its Entertainment & Media Industry Group in New York. Christian, who formerly served as partner at Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers LLP, brings to Reed Smith experience in all aspects of motion picture, television and digital media lending and financing.

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Christian’s practice focuses on film, television and new media transactional matters. He represents studios, networks, production companies, financiers (debt and equity), producers, writers, directors, talent (film and scripted/non-scripted television), athletes, and musicians in all aspects of rights acquisition, development, financing, production and distribution. Christian’s clients have premiered their films at major film festivals worldwide, and have included Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Independent Spirit Award nominees and winners, as well as Sundance Audience Award, Sundance Grand Jury Prize, and Cannes Grand Prize of the Jury winners.

“Christian’s skillset in the area of television and film production finance fills a distinct need within our highly acclaimed global Entertainment & Media practice,” said Stephen Sessa, co-chair of Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group. “Having a lawyer of Christian’s caliber on our team - who is an expert in the intricacies of television and film production finance - is a major coup for our practice and firm.”

Stephen further opined, “Reed Smith’s global reach as a full service firm will help Christian service his already vibrant client base, and our existing Reed Smith clients will benefit greatly from the wealth of knowledge and experience Christian has in financing, creating and exploiting content across all platforms.”