Tom Ara
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United States

DLA Piper


Partner / Co-Chair, Entertainment Transactions & Finance Practices

Brought aboard DLA Piper in 2018 along with Robert Sherman to establish an entertainment finance and transactions practice in its Los Angeles office, Ara has clients that run the media gamut: Apple TV+, which he advises on the expansion of its production footprint; key players within the gaming sphere, such as Korean video game maker Smilegate Holdings and e-sports company Vindex; and the world’s largest faith-based radio broadcaster, K-Love, which he’s helping in the launch of film, television, music, podcast and publishing verticals. He also handles both the super-hot social video platform TikTok, advising on the development and production of its original series, and Zash, which in 2021 acquired TikTok rival Lomotif in a nine-figure deal.


  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • DLA Piper
  • TikTok


  • San José State University (CA, USA)
  • Loyola Marymount University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact


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