Robert E. Freeman is a partner in the Corporate Department, co-head of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group and a member of the Sports Law Group.
Rob began his career as an intellectual property and antitrust litigator before shifting the focus of his practice to intellectual property-related transactions. Today, he leads a team of media, sports and technology attorneys representing clients such as Hulu, Altice USA, Cox Communications, fuboTV, Discovery Communications, MSG Networks, NBA Media, NFL Media and the PAC-12 Networks. Rob’s work for these clients includes a broad array of corporate transactions ranging from the negotiation of complex media and sports rights and content distribution agreements, including over both traditional (e.g., cable, satellite, telco) and digital (e.g., Internet, wireless) platforms, to the creation of joint ventures, strategic alliances and complex commercial licensing arrangements and industry-specific mergers and acquisitions. In addition, as recognized by Chambers USA, Rob has extensive experience in the area of sports and arts-related sponsorship, naming rights, licensing, endorsement and talent-related agreements.
Recent examples of Rob’s work include representing Discovery in connection with its joint venture with The Enthusiast Network (TEN), which combined Discovery’s Velocity linear network with TEN’s Motor Trend On-Demand service; Hulu in connection with the launch of its live linear television “over the top” streaming service; and Altice USA in connection with its recent distribution deal with Disney-ESPN, which included the launch of both the SEC Network and ACC Network. Rob is consistently cited in Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US as a recommended lawyer for Media & Entertainment and Technology & Telecoms. He has been recognized in each of the last three years as one of Variety’s New York Elite Dealmakers, which honors East Coast power players for their work in the media and entertainment industries. He was honored on Variety’s “Dealmakers List” in 2019, recognizing the executives behind the biggest deals in media and entertainment. Rob also was named a 2018 and 2019 Top Lawyer by Cablefax, which recognizes “the legal titans of cable, broadband, broadcast TV, wireless and internet” and was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Power Lawyers list honoring the top entertainment lawyers in the U.S.
Rob is a frequent lecturer on sports, media, intellectual property, licensing, emerging technology, digital rights and sponsorship issues and is the editor of Proskauer’s “Three Point Shot” sports e-newsletter. He is on the Board of Directors of the T. Howard Foundation, whose mission is to increase diversity in the media and entertainment industries, and chairs the Golf Committee for the March of Dimes’ annual golf outing in the NYC area. Finally, Rob is the past NYC regional leader of the Princeton Entrepreneurs Network.