David C. Eisman
David C. Eisman is head of Skadden’s Entertainment Group and a member of the firm’s Financial Oversight and Audit Committee. He has a broad range of experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities law matters, partnerships, financings, joint ventures and strategic alliances.


Mr. Eisman represents clients in the media and entertainment, gaming, investment banking, technology, apparel, publishing and retail industries, among others. He also is a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group, advising on family office and fund formation matters, and the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Group.

Mr. Eisman was selected by The Hollywood Reporter in 2017, 2016 and 2015 as one of Hollywood’s Top “Power Lawyers” in media and entertainment transactions. Mr. Eisman also was recognized by Variety in its 2017 and 2015 “Legal Impact Report” and its 2015 “Dealmakers Impact Report” which highlights top attorneys working in film, television and digital media. In 2014, the Daily Journal named Mr. Eisman one of the “Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers in California” and previously as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” lawyers in California. Mr. Eisman repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

Transactions in which Mr. Eisman has been involved include the representation of:

  • Vulcan Capital, an investment vehicle of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, in connection with numerous M&A and family office matters, including:
    • the sale of DreamWorks L.L.C. to Paramount Pictures;
    • the initial public offering and spin-off of DreamWorks Animation SKG;
    • the sale of Sporting News to American City Business Journals;
    • the sale of Oxygen Media, the cable television network, to NBC Universal; and
    • the sale of Sporting News radio station affiliate KMPC (Los Angeles) to Radio Korea, and the sale of WSNR (New York) and WWZN (Boston) to Davidson Media Group;
  • United Talent Agency, a premier global talent and literary agency, in various M&A, corporate finance and general corporate matters, including:
    • its acquisition of a stake in, and strategic alliance with, AGM Securities;
    • the acquisition of The Agency Group, the world’s largest independent music agency;
    • the sale of a minority stake in the agency to investor Jeff Ubben;
    • the acquisition of Bienstock, the world’s largest news and broadcast agency; and
    • the formation of a sports and entertainment marketing joint venture with Edelman;
  • RatPac Entertainment in the recent sale of James Packer’s stake in the company to Len Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment;
  • Aston Villa Football Club owner Recon Group in the pending acquisition of a majority stake in Millennium Films, one of the largest independent film production companies, and its 300-film library including “The Expendables,” “Rambo” and “London Has Fallen” franchises;
  • Katherine Jackson in the $750 million sale of the Michael Jackson estate’s interest in the Sony/ATV music publishing business to Sony Corp.;
  • Brett Ratner in a joint venture with Diageo and CAA to launch The Hilhaven Lodge, an ultra-premium whiskey (a 2016 Double Gold medal winner) named after his historic residence that has hosted generations of Hollywood parties;
  • Murad, Inc., a leading global skincare brand, in its acquisition by Unilever;
  • XIO Group, an international private equity fund, in its $1.1 billion acquisition of J.D. Power and Associates;
  • Calera Capital in the $780 million sale of Sleepy’s to Mattress Firm Holding Corp.;
  • Summit Entertainment, LLC in its $413 million acquisition by Lions Gate Entertainment;
  • Saban Capital Group in its formation and launch of a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to acquire entertainment companies, and its acquisition of a controlling interest in Partner Communications, a leading Israeli wireless provider;
  • Moelis & Company in connection with its initial public offering;
  • the co-founders of Ares Management, L.P. in its initial public offering;
  • Activision, Inc. in its $18.9 billion business combination with Vivendi Games;
  • RatPac Entertainment in partnership with Warner Bros. in the creation of a China-focused content fund;
  • an investment group in its acquisition of an equity stake in Legendary Pictures;
  • United Online, Inc. in its spin-off of FTD Companies, Inc., a leading global provider of flowers and gifts;
  • Trustbridge Partners in its acquisition of children’s book publisher Holiday House;
  • Gen-Probe Incorporated in its $3.8 billion acquisition by Hologic, Inc., which was recognized as a Top 10 2012 California M&A transaction by the Daily Journal;
  • American Apparel, Inc., a leading U.S. apparel manufacturer and retailer, in its acquisition by a SPAC, and corporate matters;
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation in more than $7 billion of registered senior notes offerings and general corporate matters;
  • the special committee of the board of directors of Internet Brands, Inc., an owner and operator of websites, in its $640 million acquisition by an affiliate of Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VI, L.P.;
  • the selling shareholders of RealD, a provider of 3D technologies, in the initial public offering of RealD;
  • Outbox Enterprises LLC in the formation of a worldwide ticketing company with AEG and Fred Rosen, the founder and former CEO of Ticketmaster;
  • CoreLogic, Inc. in the sale of its employer services and litigation support businesses to Symphony Technology Group for $265 million;
  • SKBHC Holdings LLC, a Goldman Sachs-Oaktree Capital-sponsored venture, in its formation and structuring of a distressed bank fund, and its acquisitions of AmericanWest Bank, a transaction that received the Financial Times’ highest ranking in its 2011 “U.S. Innovative Lawyers” report, and the First National Bank of Starbuck;
  • Gateway, Inc. in its $710 million acquisition by Acer Inc. via a tender offer and its acquisition of Packard Bell B.V.;
  • Korean Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund, in various private equity and hedge fund investments;
  • Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC in a management buyout of interests held by State Street Bank and Trust Company;
  • Centro Properties Group of Australia in its $6.2 billion acquisition of New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Inc. via a tender offer;
  • Brett Ratner, a leading Hollywood director and producer, in his investments in lola vfx and Jurlique;
  • Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation in its merger with USC and the creation of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education; and
  • Oakley, Inc. in the formation of the Infinite Hero Foundation.

Mr. Eisman was based in the firm’s London office from 1997 to 2000, where his practice focused primarily on cross-border M&A transactions.

Mr. Eisman recently represented the Special Olympics in corporate matters for the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.

Additional Education

  • FBI Citizens Academy - Los Angeles Field Office (Class of 2015)


  • Member, UCLA Entertainment Symposium Advisory Board
  • Board of Councilors, USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
  • Board of Directors, FBI L.A. Citizens Academy Alumni Association
  • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section
  • Past Chairman, L.A. County Bar Association — Business and Corporations Law Section
  • Executive Committee, L.A. County Bar Association — Business and Corporations Law Section
  • Board of Trustees, L.A. County Bar Association (2011-2013)
  • Member, FBI InfraGuard
  • Pro Bono Coordinator, Skadden, Los Angeles



  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1993
  • B.S., The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1990 (magna cum laude)
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1990 (magna cum laude)


  • California

David C. Eisman

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Media and Entertainment; Cybersecurity and Privacy; Investment Management