Marissa Román Griffith

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Avenue of the Stars 1999
Los Angeles 90067 CA US

Marissa Román Griffith handles all aspects of sophisticated financing and other transactions involving storied entertainment companies, as well as recent entrants that are transforming the sector.Representing clients, including domestic and global financial institutions, borrowers and distributors, Marissa advises on all major aspects of financing, distribution and production of film, television and digital content.

Marissa’s clients value her ability to quickly determine necessary steps to efficiently finalize a transaction to their greatest advantage. Major industry publications, including The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, have consistently recognized her work.

Marissa handles a range of entertainment transactions, including:

  • Negative pickups
  • Credit facilities on behalf of lead agent/lender and also the borrower
  • Slate co-financing agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Domestic and ex-U.S. tax incentives
  • Co-financing arrangements in major markets around the world
  • Completion guaranties.

Representative Work:

  • Member of the team representing East West Bank in connection with a revolving credit facility for Perfect Universe. The transaction is co-led by JPMorgan Chase Bank and East West Bank, and provides financing for a multiyear slate of Universal Studios’ films.
  • Leading the team representing Media Rights Capital (MRC) and its affiliates in connection with a JPMorgan credit facility (including in various refinancings) backing MRC’s film and television projects. Recent activity includes the films Baby Driver, The Dark Tower, Mortal Engines, Ted and Ted 2, and the episodic series Blunt Talk, Counterpart, House of Cards,
  • Representing Endgame Entertainment in connection with the Netflix film Come Sunday.
  • Counseling MRC on co-financing arrangements for multiple Sony titles, including 22 Jump Street, Hotel Transylvania 3, Peter Rabbit, Sex Tape and Think Like a Man Too.

Affiliations :

  • Board member and officer, Outfest, a nonprofit that promotes LGBTQ equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBTQ stories on screen.
  • Board member, Female Executives In Media & Entertainment, a nonprofit that supports female advancement in the entertainment industry.
  • Member of the firm-wide Inclusion Council and co-chair of the Los Angeles Inclusion Council, both of which promote diversity inthe firm’s ranks.
  • Trustee, Mexican-American Bar Foundation, a nonprofit that enhances diversity in the legal profession through education.


  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1993
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1990

Bar Admissions:

  • California





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