NEW YORK – Reed Smith today announced that seven members of its global Entertainment and Media Industry Group were honored in Variety magazine’s 2021 Legal Impact Report. The attorneys were listed together as one transactional group, emphasizing the impact of the practice and reinforcing the firm’s reputation as a leader in advising entertainment and media companies, talent and brands in the music, television, film, theater, and digital media sectors.
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The partners mentioned in the report are:

  • Sophie Goossens (London, Paris)
  • Stacy Marcus (New York)
  • Gregor Pryor (London)
  • Stephen Sessa (Century City)
  • Ed Shapiro (New York)
  • Michael Sherman (Los Angeles)
  • Christian Simonds (New York)

Variety's compiles its annual Legal Impact Report from information gathered by its editorial team and recommendations from the legal community. This year’s report focused on lawyers who helped guide their entertainment clients through the trials and travails of the COVID-19 pandemic. In summarizing Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media practice, Variety wrote “a firm with 1,500 lawyers in 30 cities worldwide is likely to have a major footprint in the entertainment industry.”

Reed Smith’s entertainment and media lawyers represent a wide array of clients including well-funded start-ups, music catalogs, digital currency creators, entrepreneurs, major television networks, feature film and television studios, production companies, producers, actors, writers and directors.

A copy of the report can be found on