Kevin M. Garland

Kevin M. Garland

Senior Associate, Los Angeles

Email kevin.garland@​

Phone +1 310 785 4600

Fax +1 310 785 4601

Practice groupCorporate

Kevin Garland advises media and entertainment companies in all aspects of developing, financing, producing, distributing, and licensing film, television, and digital content.

He assists clients in acquiring intellectual property such as screenplays and literature, he helps companies secure financing for films and television series, and he advises clients in the process of distributing content on a full range of media platforms – from domestic theatrical distribution deals to international licensing agreements. Kevin also has years of experience advising clients during the production of film and television programs, including helping producers hire talent, secure insurance and completion bonds, and deliver completed films to distributors. Kevin routinely works with the entertainment guilds and unions such as the WGA, DGA, and SAG/AFTRA.

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. As technology companies increasingly focus on creating original content, Kevin regularly advises new media companies on content acquisitions and worldwide licensing deals.

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.

Education and admissions


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

B.A., Dartmouth College

Bar admissions and qualifications


New York

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.

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