Hollywood Law Impact Report
Firm: Lichter Grossman Nichols & Adler
The practice: Though she’s something of a fixture in the indie world — one of her first movie sales was the Coen brothers’ “Blood Simple” — Lichter insists she’s a “hybrid” with hands both in the independent and mainstream film industries.
Indeed, Lichter’s client list ranges from “Little Miss Sunshine” producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger (and that film’s star Abigail Breslin) to “Pirates of the Caribbean” scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.
“My clients go back and forth,” she says, pointing out examples such as “Monster’s Ball” director Marc Forster, whom Lichter repped before he had either an agent or a manager, and who just wrapped “The Kite Runner” for DreamWorks.
When she was starting out, Lichter considered working with independent filmmakers a “hobby.” “It was really the province of just a couple lawyers,” she explains. “Now the agencies see it as a real business and have jumped in with both feet.”
Her experience in that world lends itself to mainstream dealmaking, she says, because “it’s given me a much broader understanding of how movies are financed and distributed.
“So when I go and do a mainstream deal, I have much more of an ability to pick that deal apart and make it a better deal.”
POV: “Your reputation is the most important thing you have,” Lichter says. “It’s a small enough business that you have to always be aware of that.”