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Kevin M. Garland

Senior Associate
Los Angeles

Kevin M. Garland

Kevin Garland advises media and entertainment companies in all aspects of developing, financing, producing, distributing, and licensing film, television, and digital content. He also assists global and boutique companies to acquire unique intellectual property, secure bank and private equity financing, hire talent, and distribute content on a full range of media platforms.

With a deep understanding of the global media and entertainment industry, Kevin assists film producers in the negotiation and securing of domestic theatrical distribution deals, as well as international sales of media content. Kevin is passionate about technology and its convergence with the entertainment industry, and he particularly enjoys representing companies involved in the digital, gaming, virtual reality, and augmented reality space.

Kevin has expansive experience assisting clients on both sides of mergers and acquisitions of significant entertainment companies, both in the U.S. and internationally. In particular, Kevin has advised a number of clients in the process of selling or acquiring film and television libraries.

With Hogan Lovells' international platform, Kevin works closely with Chinese companies entering the U.S. entertainment market and American media companies that distribute or license content in China. Kevin has overseen the development, financing, production, and distribution of multiple Sino-U.S. co-productions.

Kevin also represents media-related clients outside of the television and film industries, including talent agencies, location based entertainment developers, and independent music labels.

Representative experience

Coordinated legal efforts for development, financing, production, and distribution of dozens of feature films and television programs with budgets ranging from US$500,000 to US$200m.

Advised clients in negotiating domestic distribution of films with both U.S. studios and independent distribution companies.

Counseled clients on equity financing for film and television projects, including private equity financing and tax credits, government subsidies, or other non-bank financing methods.

Represented Chinese private equity group in proposed acquisition of major international film and television company.

Aided major U.S. media company in creation of joint venture distribution platform with mobile technology company.

Structured first look deals and output distribution deals for film and television producers and financiers.

Counseled multiple production companies and content owners regarding sale and purchase of film and television libraries.

Coordinated development, financing, production, and distribution of several Sino-U.S. co-production films.

Advised clients on achieve government censorship approval and a quota slot for films being distributed theatrically in China.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
  • B.A., Dartmouth College

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California
  • New York
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