Mr. Wirthlin is a Managing Director of Entertainment Development Partners. Most recently, he was Global Chair of Media and Entertainment at Latham & Watkins, one of the world’s most respected and largest international law firms. While at L&W, he was Managing Partner of the firm’s Moscow office and co-launched the firm’s international practice and Germany practice group. A recognized expert in mergers, acquisitions, and multi-national transactions, some of his clients include DIRECTV, Verizon Fios, Amazon.com, and major Hollywood studios. Mr. Wirthlin currently serves as Vice Chair to both the Los Angeles Sports Council (LASC) and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG). LASC’s members include professional, collegiate and other sports teams and organizations, along with media and other sports-related properties in Southern California. SCCOG is the 90-year-old institution that has hosted the Olympic Games in 1936 and 1984 in Los Angeles and which acts as the bid committee for future Olympic Games. He is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and Brigham Young University.
- Founding Global Chair, Media and Entertainment Practice of Latham & Watkins, one of the world’s largest law firms with 2,000 attorneys throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia (http://www.lw.com/). Mr. Wirthlin retired as a senior partner in 2012, after a 26-year career.
- Mr. Wirthlin acted as DIRECTV’s primary counsel, from the beginning of concept, through to launch and thereafter. He negotiated the ground-breaking U.S. PPV sports deal for NFL Sunday Ticket. He further concluded partnering agreements, acquired media product (cable, pay-per-view, studio, sports, events) and secured the infrastructure necessary to launch the first direct broadcast satellite business in the United States. These deals included the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Wimbledon, Don King, AVP, ESPN, CNN, TNT, Disney, Paramount, Universal, Sony, MGM, DreamWorks and many others.
- Mr. Wirthlin’s deep and long-time deal experience involves a wide variety of international and domestic business transactions, with particular expertise on entertainment, media, internet, new media, sports, telecommunications, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, high tech, joint ventures, licensing, complex (particularly global) contracting and emerging technology deals. He is the Former Chair, International Law Section of the State Bar of California.
- He concluded deals with FIFA for content and distribution rights to World Cups 2002 and 2006 (and other soccer tournament and content) for all of Latin America, excluding Brazil, for DIRECTV Latin America; and, in addition, finalized the television, radio and other sublicensing deals in countries throughout the region.
Mr. Wirthlin’s other entertainment and media clients included The Africa Channel, Amazon, AMC Theatres, Andrita Studios (now Encompass Media), Bandeirantes, Euronews, Eurosport, Frontier Cable, Hulu, InterTouch Media, Don Johnson, LodgeNet, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Major League Soccer, MGM, MGM International, MGM Latin America, MGM Networks, Movielink, MySpace, Paramount Studios, ProSiebenSat, STAR Asia, STAR India, Starbucks Entertainment, Telemundo, TVG, TVN, Univision, Verizon (joint venture creating Redbox Instant), Verizon FioS, World Championship Sports Network (now NBC Universal Sports), Yahoo and others. He has concluded numerous distribution deals with Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, Charter, DISH, DIRECTV, and other platforms.