This year Murphy was pivotal in Viacom’s acquisition of Telefe in Argentina, speeding the approval of the landmark investment by advocating to the Argentine government on the importance of the deal. An expert in regulatory law in communications and media, Murphy sees consolidation as a prevailing factor. “I think the dominant legal issue in media has been the role of antitrust as our industry changes and consolidates,” he says. Murphy is known for his ability to view an issue in both the short and the long term and often leads policy initiatives on behalf of entertainment industry trade associations.
What have been the most important legal issues in media for you in the past year?
I think the dominant legal issue in media has been the role of antitrust law as our industry changes and consolidates.
My net neutrality prediction is …
A surprising lack of news as ISPs opt not to test the limits of their new-found freedom…for now.
What movie superhero would you most like to be and how would that character fit into the legal world of media?
Lego Batman. I think the legal world of media could use more of his deadpan humor.