Hollywood Law Impact Report
Firm: Gang Tyre Ramer & BrownThe practice: In his fifth decade of law practice, Ramer still reps Steven Spielberg, who named the mechanical shark in “Jaws” Bruce, in his lawyer’s honor. The 73-year-old Ramer also counts George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Milos Forman and Rob Minkoff as clients. Ramer was instrumental in the building of DreamWorks a decade ago, and his recent accomplishments include a deal between Spielberg and Paramount Pictures for the filmmaker to produce and direct “Interstellar,” a film exploring the wormhole and gravity-field theories of Caltech physicist Kip Thorne. Ramer also negotiated Clooney’s deal with Warner Bros. to star in and produce “White Jazz” and direct “Belmont Boys.” Ramer, a former American Jewish Committee president and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has also remained one of the more active — and right- of-center — political forces in Hollywood, hosting a confab featuring Bush administration officials in his Beverly Hills office in the days following 9/11 to discuss ways the film and TV businesses could help fight terrorism. Earlier this month, he appeared at a Los Angeles fund-raising event for Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani. POV: “We live in perilous times, unequaled in decades,” Ramer opined in Los Angeles Lawyer in 2004. “Never has the republic had greater need for civil discourse, for ordered debate, for wise counsel, and the deliberate exchange of ideas.” See the Hollywood law impact list.