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James L. Johnston Named a Top Entertainment Attorney by Variety

New York, NY, April 29, 2014Variety magazine has recognized Davis & Gilbert partner James L. Johnston as a top entertainment attorney in its “2014 Legal Impact Report.” The annual report honors the top entertainment agencies, in-house counsel, transactional lawyers and litigators who have had a major impact on the entertainment industry over the past year. This year’s report, released in the April 15 issue, profiles 66 lawyers and agencies working in film, television, theater, and digital media.

The feature on Mr. Johnston highlights several of his recent accomplishments, including advising broadcasters on the launch of TV Everywhere Initiatives, helping 3net, a joint venture of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Discovery Communications and Imax, with a library programming initiative; and working with Procter & Gamble’s CoverGirl on its global sponsorship and cross-promotional partnership with Lionsgate for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” According to Mr. Johnston, he is particularly proud of “helping clients bridge the space between entertainment and marketing…and helping them navigate a complex regulatory environment.”

Mr. Johnston represents numerous multinational, national and local media companies, sports leagues and teams, television and motion picture producers, marketing and promotions agencies, and advertisers in connection with all aspects of the motion picture, television, entertainment, sports, advertising, promotions, and marketing industries. In particular, Mr. Johnston’s practice includes guiding clients through the intellectual property, regulatory and contractual issues involved in global branded content transactions. Mr. Johnston has also been recognized as a leading lawyer for media and entertainment law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for two years in a row (2012-2013).

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Davis & Gilbert LLP is an independent, strategically focused, full service, multi-disciplinary law firm of more than 110 lawyers. Founded over a century ago and located in a single office in New York City, the firm represents a wide range of clients - including some of the world's largest public companies, small and mid-size independent companies, partnerships, joint ventures, large media conglomerates and multinational holding companies - throughout the United States and internationally. Davis & Gilbert is widely regarded as the #1 law firm for the marketing communications industry and has practices focusing on real estate, litigation, intellectual property, labor & employment, corporate and middle market M&A, and private client services. Davis & Gilbert is ranked in publications and legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500 and Best Law Firms. The firm has also been consistently recognized in The BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service A-Team” (2012-2015) and in The National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List (2012-2014).

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