Three Partners Recognized On Variety’s 2019 Dealmakers List
Partners Robert Darwell, Robb Klein, and Linda Michaelson were named to Variety's 2019 Dealmakers List, which recognizes the top entertainment attorneys in the industry.
Long focused on the global nature of entertainment media, these attorneys have a large number of clients (companies, producers distributors and filmmakers) that are either based abroad or regularly doing business there. As outside counsel to Amazon Studios, Darwell handled a multitude of film and TV transactions encompassing scripted, unscripted and sports, including closing overall deals with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) and Scooter Braun, and setting up local-language productions around the world. Klein has clients that include Starlings Entertainment (investor in “Rocketman”) and Komixx Entertainment, which closed a deal for a sequel to Netflix film “The Kissing Booth.” Michaelson repped Lionsgate in its joint venture with Point Grey Pictures in a multiplatform content deal, as well as the group that purchased Abrams Artists Agency. Other clients include digital giants Spotify, Twitch, Snapchat, Oculus and Tinder. “Business models change on a regular basis,” says Klein. “If you do a deal with Netflix today, I guarantee it will not be the same as the one you did with them last year.”