Michael Hobel, head of the Entertainment and Media practice, is profiled in Variety's 2017 Legal Impact Report, which highlights the top attorneys working in Hollywood who had a major impact on the entertainment industry over the past year. The article notes the effect the "digital revolution" has had on dealmaking, while major considerations like pay, scope of rights and creative control stay the same. Michael noted, "People are talking the same language and listening to each other [but] you have to make predictions and assumptions about an uncertain future." ("The Variety Legal Impact Report 2017—Michael Hobel," April 4, 2017)