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Years ago, big-budget projects would routinely launch with just two U.S. backers, but now a half dozen or more buyers across continents can converge for a co-production, says Darwell. “It’s a combination of reasons why multiple partners come together,” such as sharing to afford pricey fare, locking in content with a pre-buy or getting broad distribution rights to feed a buyer’s in-house distribution operation. Klein, Darwell and Clark’s law practice covers movies, TV, and digital, including VR. The trio’s clients include Amazon Studios, Oculus VR/Oculus Story Studios, Supermassive Games, Vevo, Vice Media, Creative Wealth Media Finance (“Tully” and “Beatriz”), Eclipse Pictures (“Winchester”), Focus Features, Fyzz Facility, and Motion Picture Capital (“Kodachrome”).