Sayles, Sloss part ways

Writer-director John Sayles and entertainment attorney John Sloss have ended their 11-year professional relationship.

Sloss, who met Sayles playing basketball, served as executive producer on five Sayles films, including the upcoming “Men With Guns” and “Lone Star,” both Sony Pictures Classics releases. In addition to providing legal advice, Sloss plays an active role in locating funding for independent films. He often receives exec producer credit in return for his services.

Sayles was among the first of many indie directors to be represented by Sloss, whose roster of clients include such commercially and creatively successful helmers as Kevin Smith (“Chasing Amy”), Errol Morris (“Fast, Cheap & Out of Control”), Richard Linklater (“SubUrbia”), Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan”), Edward Burns (“The Brothers McMullen”) and Victor Nunez (“Ulee’s Gold”).

Sloss, who runs a law office bearing his name in New York, was instrumental in helping Sayles raise money for “Men With Guns,” a Spanish-lingo pic that was financed by billionaire Paul Allen’s Clear Blue Sky Prods., a unit of the Independent Film Channel and Lou Gonda’s Lexington Road Prods.

Maggie Renzi, Sayles’ long-time producer, confirmed that Sloss no longer works as Sayles’ lawyer. “Things change and people move on,” Renzi said.

“John, Maggie and I had a great run. I will always value the time I spent working with them and, of course, wish them the best,” Sloss said.

In addition to representing indie filmmakers, Sloss also serves as team counsel to the New Jersey Nets basketball team and Japanese broadcaster NHK.

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