Hollywood Law Impact Report
Firm: Exec VP and general counsel, Warner Bros.
The practice: A fixture in the entertainment law community, Schulman is a standout both for his flamboyant personality in an era of corporate drabness and for his sheer longevity.
Working out of an office that has cartoons by famed Looney Tunes animators drawn right on the walls, Schulman oversees a staff of about 125 lawyers — a job he has held since 1984, following a stint as an outside entertainment lawyer.
Over the years, Schulman has been involved with his fair share of high-profile litigation, including a breach-of-contract case against Francis Ford Coppola over the production of “Pinocchio,” in which Warners ultimately prevailed on appeal. Schulman also defended Warner in a suit claiming Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” was responsible for a copycat killing spree. Regarding these triumphs and others, Schulman credits Warners’ inhouse legal team, singling out his lieutenants Jeremy Williams, Shelley Presser, Zazi Pope and Leigh Chapman.
POV: “We handle problems quietly, efficiently and well here,” Schulman says. “I have a lot of sayings using the ‘C’ word. We don’t want claims to turn into cases, or cases to turn into causes, or causes to turn into calamities.”