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Stanley back in firm fray

Clients include Cruise, Katzenberg, Kidman

Longtime reality producer David Stanley is returning to his legal roots, joining Greenberg Glusker as an attorney in the firm’s entertainment practice.

Firm’s client list includes Hollywood heavyweights such as Tom Cruise, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Brad Grey, James Cameron and Nicole Kidman. Greenberg Glusker also repped Stanley as a producer before he joined the firm.

With former partner Scott Stone, Stanley produced a slew of unscripted skeins under the Stone Stanley Entertainment banner, including “The Mole,” “The Man Show” and “Loveline.” About 15 months ago, the duo split and Stanley inked an one-year overall deal with Telepictures.

“David’s diverse background makes him a unique and valuable addition” to the company, said Robert Marshall, who chairs Greenberg Glusker’s entertainment practice.

Stanley said execs at Telepictures were “extraordinarily supportive” of his goals, but “I just wasn’t able to be as productive there as I had hoped.”

When deciding on his next move, Stanley said he tried “to find a place where I could capitalize on all of the various things I’ve done in the TV business for the last 25 years. This made the most sense.”

While best known as a producer, Stanley got his start as a litigator at Armstrong & Hirsch. He went on to work in business and legal affairs for NBC, MGM/UA, Lorimar and Warner Bros. before making the transition to production.

“My primary charge here will be to expand the firm’s transactional business in television,” Stanley said.

At Stone Stanley, Stanley exec produced dozens of pilots and series, making more than 2,500 episodes of TV. And in the “who knew?” category, Stanley is the ex-mayor of Hidden Hills, Calif.

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