February 1, 2023 | By Matthew Kellogg
McCathern is excited to announce that attorney Brandon N. Paine has joined its Los Angeles office. Brandon is a valuable addition to the firm’s Media & Entertainment Law practice, as he brings with him substantial media industry experience and a passion for his clients and seeing their creative projects succeed. In addition, Brandon will assist with the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation clients in California.
Brandon joins McCathern after working for years in the entertainment business across many areas of production, from development through sales and distribution. From 2008 to 2011, he was Director of Acquisitions at Shoreline Entertainment, focusing on key film markets and festivals and acquiring worldwide sales rights to over 100 feature films. He then worked as a consultant on production, development, and distribution across all forms of media from 2011 to 2020.
With years of experience in the industry, Brandon understands the challenges faced by McCathern clients. “It takes so many things to go right to make a movie, for instance, that when a project gets made, let alone sold, it’s so rewarding that everything fell into place,” he said. “I love figuring out novel situations and novel solutions.”
McCathern Partner Adam Mehr, the leader of the firm’s Media & Entertainment practice, is excited to have Brandon join the Los Angeles team. “With years as an executive in the international distribution, marketing, and sales of independent films, Brandon brings a unique perspective and tremendous depth to our entertainment and media group,” he said. “He is an important addition to the growth of our west coast practice, allowing us to further enhance the high level of service that our clients have come to rely upon.”
Brandon earned his J.D. from the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University in 2022, graduating magna cum laude with a dual emphasis in entertainment law and business law. Before entering the industry, Brandon graduated from the University of Southern California in 2003 with a B.A. in Critical Studies of Film and Television in the School of Cinematic Arts.