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Entertainment Lawyer Steve Tsoneff, Former General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs at Madison Wells Media, Returns to Gibson Dunn

January 3, 2022

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Steve Tsoneff has returned to the firm as a partner in the Century City office. Tsoneff, who was previously General Counsel and Chief Commercial Officer at Madison Wells Media, will focus his practice on advising clients on transactional matters with a focus on media and entertainment.

“We are delighted to welcome Steve back to Gibson Dunn,” said Barbara L. Becker, President and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “Steve’s unique entertainment transactional skills, along with his tireless work ethic and strong industry network, make him a great addition to Gibson Dunn’s premier media and entertainment practice. “

“Steve was a highly respected and widely recognized expert in the entertainment industry prior to joining Madison Wells as General Counsel, and his in-house experience will make him even more valuable to our clients and our global practice,” said Kevin Masuda, co-chair of the Company’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Steve come back and provide his expert, pragmatic advice on transactional entertainment matters, including in the rapidly evolving development, production and distribution agreements. Steve is a brilliant lawyer and a wonderful colleague and friend. We are lucky to find him.

“It’s great to return to my professional home,” said Tsoneff. “I began my law practice at Gibson Dunn over 22 years ago, and I look forward to reconnecting with so many friends within the firm. It is an extremely exciting time to be an entertainment advocate and to help clients navigate the challenges and opportunities of a changing media and entertainment landscape at an increasingly accelerated pace, as I see it. saw it with my own eyes during my five years at Madison Wells Media. There really is no other place where I would rather continue the next chapter of my career.

About Steve Tsoneff

Tsoneff’s practice will focus on advising content producers, distributors and financiers in media and entertainment transactions, licensing, distribution and rights acquisitions, as well as a range of project finance solutions. creatives, including a single project, list, and company.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Tsoneff was General Counsel and Chief Commercial Officer at Madison Wells Media from 2017 to 2021. He practiced at Gibson Dunn from 2000 to 2017 and previously served as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Media, Entertainment and Technology practice. . Group. Tsoneff has received numerous industry accolades, including several appearances on Hollywood journalistthe list of the top 100 lawyers specializing in the energy sector, and Varietythe list of impact reports on negotiators and the lists of legal impact reports.

Tsoneff graduated from Columbia Law School in 2000, where he was recognized as a Harlan Fiske Stone Fellow. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1997.




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