NEW YORK – Reed Smith is pleased to announce that Edward Shapiro, partner in the firm’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group, has been selected for Variety magazine’s 2019 Dealmakers Impact Report, which “highlights the top mavens guiding an industry that continues to re-invent itself.”

Related Professionals: Edward Shapiro

Music speakers hanging on the wall in retro vintage style

Variety noted that “with more than 25 years of experience, Shapiro is the leading lawyer in Reed Smith’s music and sports practices, representing top musical performers, producers and songwriters across all genres, including Rihanna (the wealthiest female musician, per Forbes), Mariah Carey, SZA, Lord Huron and Kesha. Most recently, Shapiro led a team to negotiate and conclude a series of groundbreaking strategic ventures for Rihanna’s Savage X, Fenty and Fenty Beauty lines.”

Reed Smith has been driving disruption in the film and television industry for decades. Several members of our international team, comprised of more than 50 entertainment and media lawyers worldwide, have recently been recognized by leading entertainment business trades, including Ed Shapiro and Stephen Sessa (Billboard Magazine - Top Music Lawyers in America), and Stacy Marcus and Michael Sherman (Variety - Elite Dealmakers of New York and 2018 Dealmakers Impact Report, respectively). Additionally, the firm recently received the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" award for Advertising Law.