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Ruth E. Fisher is resident in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, in the Firm’s Corporate and Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Groups.
Ruth’s practice focused on multi-media studios, interactive companies, entertainment related technology companies, software companies and other content providers in connection with mergers and acquisitions, including the acquisition and disposition of film libraries and music catalogues; content licensors and licensees in distribution, licensing, affiliation and retransmission agreements; and various companies in connection with investments in and the financing of entertainment-related entities. She also had significant expertise with joint ventures in the entertainment and technology arenas, including joint ventures for the purpose of television and motion picture production and distribution, technology development and deployment, Internet-based music distribution and VOD motion picture distribution.
Representative transactions include representations of: Vivendi S.A. in the sale of its interest in Activision Blizzard and of its interest in NBC Universal; Eros International plc in its initial public offering in the United States and its listing on the NYSE; Universal Studios in its agreements with Legendary Entertainment; DIRECTV in connection with significant agreements with content providers and regional sports networks; Madison Square Garden in its acquisition of the historic arena facility known as The Forum; investment banks in the provision of advisory services and financing in connection with public company mergers; several investors and investment banks in connection with film financing transactions; Riot Games in its acquisition by Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading integrated Internet services provider; two private equity firms in their acquisition of cable channels; Technicolor S.A. in various acquisitions, in its agreements with studios and exhibitors related to the implementation of digital cinema systems and in the formation of a technology focused venture; Entravision Communications Corporation in connection with a sale of radio stations; the Special Committee of Hollywood Entertainment Corporation in connection with the acquisition of Hollywood by Movie Gallery Inc.; Universal Studios, Inc. in the sale of Spencer Gifts, in distribution and other agreements with DreamWorks LLC, and in the acquisition of USA Networks, Inc.; Universal Music Group in a number of joint ventures related to music, music distribution, television and artists; and representation of Warner Music Group in its acquisition of an interest in Frank Sinatra Enterprises and in its agreements with Grateful Dead Productions.
Ms. Fisher was regularly recognized for her expertise, having been named by Chambers and Partners as a Leading Media and Entertainment: Transactional Lawyer in California; by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 100 “Power Lawyers” for ten years; and by Variety to its Legal Impact Report, an annual list of the leading attorneys in the entertainment industry. She also received many other accolades including from The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Entertainment Law – Music and Media Law; as a leading lawyer in media and entertainment by Legal 500 and as one of the city’s top entertainment lawyers by the Los Angeles Business Journal in “Who’s Who in L.A.” The Daily Journal named her as one of “California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers” in 2014, one of the “Top Women Lawyers” from 2011 through 2015 and one of “California’s Top 100 Lawyers” in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015. Ms. Fisher was also selected as a California Lawyer of the Year for 2008 by California Lawyer magazine. She has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Media & Entertainment (Transactional). Ms. Fisher was recognized by Euromoney Legal Media Group in 2016 as the winner of the ‘Americas Women in Business Law’ award and also by Expert Guides in their 2017 Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, which recognizes top female legal practitioners advising on business law.
From 1980 to 1982, Ms. Fisher was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm M. Lucas. She received her law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she served as a Comment Editor of the UCLA Law Review.
Among her community service and pro bono activities, Ms. Fisher has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio; a member of the Board of Trustees of Midland School, a college preparatory boarding high school located in Los Olivos, California; on the Board of Advisors for the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports at UCLA School of Law; and on the advisory board for the UCLA School of Law Entertainment Symposium.
University of California - Los Angeles - 1980 Juris Doctor
Scripps College - 1976 Bachelor of Arts