Pillsbury partner Scott Flick has successfully litigated precedent-setting cases, spearheaded several of the largest media-sector M&As, and handled media-related transactions valued at over $30 billion.

Scott provides strategic counsel to media, programming, telecommunications and technology clients on transactional, regulatory, business, litigation, policy, IP and technology matters. He handles issues involving radio and TV stations; broadcast and cable networks; internet; media technologies; advertising; and program production and distribution. Scott obtains changes in federal law and policy, structures ventures for acquisitions and operations within the current regulatory framework, and advises media and technology lenders and investors. Scott is a frequent contributor to the CommLawCenter blog.

Representative Experience

Advising Media General, Inc. in its $4.6 billion merger with Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., including the sale of 12 television stations to address regulatory and antitrust concerns.


Advising Univision Communications Inc. on the acquisition of 162 TV and radio stations through multiple transactions, including station group acquisitions leading to launch of the Telefutura (now UniMás) national broadcast network and Univision Radio.


Advising New Young Broadcasting in its $2.2 billion merger with Media General, Inc.

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  • Advising Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. in obtaining the first-ever authorization from the FCC for a foreign entity to prospectively hold more than 25% of the shares of a large U.S. television broadcast company.
  • Advising Media General Inc. in its $2.6 billion merger with LIN Media LLC, including the sale of six television stations to address regulatory and antitrust concerns.
  • Advising Univision Communications Inc. in going public, as well as in the later sale of the company to a private investor consortium in a $13.7 billion transaction.
  • Advising Media General Inc. in a proposed $2.4 billion merger with Meredith Corporation, including the sale of six television stations to address regulatory and antitrust concerns.
  • Representing the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations, as well as individual state broadcasters associations, on all federal regulatory matters, including obtaining numerous changes in the law benefitting broadcasters.
  • Representing numerous media entities in negotiations for programming and distribution rights.
  • Representing broadcasters in multiple appellate litigation matters overturning federal communications laws as unconstitutional.
  • Long-term representation of national broadcast and cable networks on business and regulatory matters, including programming and intellectual property issues.
  • Drafting legislation on media issues and securing enactment, as well as coordinating on behalf of media entities opposition to pending or planned legislation.
  • Negotiating and drafting of cable and satellite retransmission agreements, as well as handling of extensive carriage-related litigation, including several precedent-setting cases.
  • Litigating high-stakes matters for communications and non-communications companies involving media, telecommunications, and related laws.
  • Negotiating and drafting of tower and studio leases for media companies, as well as network affiliation, programming, advertising, and services agreements.
  • Structuring and negotiating programming production and distribution ventures.
  • Negotiation and drafting of construction and usage agreements for communications-related infrastructure.

Professional Highlights

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for Telecom & Broadcast (2014 – 2016).
  • Creator and Chief Editor of CommLawCenter.com, Pillsbury’s website for the communications industry; published in The National Law Journal, Multichannel News, Federal Communications Law Journal, American University Law Review and others.
  • Quoted in industry trade publications and mainstream media, such as Variety, AdWeek, USAToday, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NPR and MSNBC, on communications topics.

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  • Speaking Engagements
    • Moderator, “Prospects for Radio as an Investment in 2017: The Real Street Talk” panel discussion, Radio Ink Forecast 2017 at the Harvard Club in NYC, Nov. 16, 2016
    • Moderator, “Pillsbury’s Broadcast Finance Forecast – The 2016 Leadership Breakfast” panel discussion at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters Radio Show, Nashville, Sept. 21, 2016
    • “New Measures of Vigilance for FCC Regulatory Compliance,” Texas Association of Broadcasters 63rd Annual Convention and Trade Show, Aug. 10-11, 2016
    • “When Taking Care of Business Requires Working Overtime” Webinar hosted by the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations, June 22, 2016
    • “Legal, Legislative and Regulatory” panel discussion, Illinois Broadcasters Association Convention, June 14-15, 2016
    • “Spectrum Auction Preparation: How Do You Get There From Here?” Webinar hosted by Broadcasting & Cable and TV Technology, Nov. 5, 2015
    • Moderator, “Pillsbury’s Financing the Future of Radio” panel discussion at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters Radio Show, Atlanta, Sept. 30, 2015
    • “DC Regulatory Update,” Texas Association of Broadcasters 62nd Annual Convention & Trade Show, Aug. 5-6, 2015
    • “Emergency Crawls: Text to Speech,” at the Texas Association of Broadcasters 62nd Annual Convention & Trade Show, August 5-6, 2015
    • “Navigating the FCC’s EEO Rules and Policies – A Guide for Broadcasters,” Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Convention, June 17, 2015
    • “Regulatory Roundtable,” 60th Annual Vermont Association of Broadcasters Convention, May 28, 2015
    • “Bloomberg Law Brief: Aereo Seeks New Status,” Oct. 15, 2014
    • “Will the Aereo Case Force a Rewrite of Communications and Copyright Laws?” Bloomberg BNA Webinar, Jan. 16, 2014
    • “Current Issues and Concerns in Broadcast Advertising,” Webinar hosted by the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Nov. 21, 2013
    • “Is Your Station Ready for License Renewal,” Webinar hosted by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, Nov. 21, 2013
    • “And the Answer Is: What Is Radio Regulatory Jeopardy?” panel discussion, 2013 National Association of Broadcasters Radio Show, Orlando, Fla., Sept. 18, 2013
    • “Making It Work: A Broadcaster’s Guide to the FCC’s EEO Rule,” Webinar hosted by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association and the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters, May 30, 2013
    • “EEO on the Road to Renewal: Seizing Your Last Chance to Avoid EEO Problems at License Renewal Time,” Webinar hosted by the Texas Association of Broadcasters webinar, Feb. 20, 2013
    • “The FCC’s Broadcast License Renewal Process,” Webinar hosted by the Illinois Broadcasters Association and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, January 30, 2013
  • Associations
    • Federal Communications Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1988
    Editor-in-Chief, Federal Communications Law Journal, 1987-88; Editor, Law Review, 1987-88; Assistant Managing Editor, Federal Communications Law Journal,1986-87, Externship, FCC, Office of the Chairman and Office of General Counsel,

    B.A., Telecommunications, Indiana University, 1985
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia

    California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Clerkships

  • Summer Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 1986