Akin Gump Partners Named to List of 100 Most Influential Entertainment Attorneys

(Los Angeles, California) – For the third consecutive year, The Hollywood Reporter has named P. John Burke and Howard D. Fabrick, partners in the Los Angeles office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, to its list of the 100 most influential entertainment lawyers in America (“Power of Attorneys: A Tenacious Hollywood Lawyer Is More Important Than Ever,” July 23, 2009).  Messrs. Burke and Fabrick were previously named to the publication’s 2007 and 2008 lists. 

In compiling its roster of “100 amazing entertainment attorneys,” The Hollywood Reporter solicited nominations from the community, then did its own research on the deals closed, the cases won and the clients signed. 

Mr. Burke focuses on media finance, with an emphasis on motion picture transactions.  He advises financial institutions, investment banks, studios, equity and hedge funds, independent production companies, distributors and high-net-worth individuals on various aspects of financing film, television and other projects involving intellectual properties.  He has extensive experience with film slate financings, distribution agreements, tax-advantaged financing, subsidies and co-production arrangements in various countries throughout the world.  He has also represented major studios and others in the creation, acquisition and development of various themed attractions, including related retail entertainment complexes.

Mr. Fabrick represents the producers of motion pictures, television programs, live productions and television commercials, as well as various enterprises that provide support services for the entertainment industry.  He regularly deals with the talent guilds and craft unions that represent employees involved in all aspects of production.  He also handles the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the interpretation of complex rules governing film and television production, arbitration and the adjustment of disputes.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Fabrick was vice president of labor relations and personnel at Columbia Pictures, vice president and director of business affairs and labor relations at The Burbank Studios, and vice president and counsel at the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers. 

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 800 lawyers and advisors in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

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