Justin Alvarado-Brown, Overture Films:
Negotiated deal with Paramount Vantage to co-finance and distribute Michael Moore’s “Capitalism.” Acquisition pacts with Moore, the Film Dept. and Big Beach.
Anil Ambani, Abu Dhabi Media Co.:
Pacts with Nicolas Cage’s Saturn, Jim Carrey’s JC 23, George Clooney’s Smokehouse, Tom Hank’s Playtone, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment and Julia Roberts’ Red Om Films.
Philip Anschutz, AEG:
Following the death of Michael Jackson, AEG Live sold footage from Jackson rehearsing in Los Angeles for his “This Is It” series of gigs in London to Sony Pictures for $60 million and co-produced the pic with Sony Pictures, Sony Music and the Jackson estate.
Leonard Asper, CanWest:
In October, CanWest filed for court-sanctioned bankruptcy protection in order to restructure debt, which ran as high as $3.6 billion earlier in the year. The filing is not expected to interrupt the company’s operation.
Karl Austen, Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein:
Repped Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant in a put pilot deal with NBC for a comedy project; Brent Forester in a deal to write and direct a put pilot for Fox with Ron Howard attached to produce.
Ed Borgerding, Abu Dhabi Media Co.:
Partnered with producers such as NatGeo and Participant Media to develop and create content for int’l distribution; extended partnership with Hyde Park to create a $75 mil alliance with Singapore’s Media Development Authority. Abu Dhabi film arm Imagenation revived its mega-bucks relationship with WB.
Frank Botman, Cyrte:
Pacted with Endemol to set up private limited company Bidco, which acquired RDF Media. Elected to Terremark board of directors.
John Branca, Ziffren Brittenham:
Named co-executor of Michael Jackson estate and, as co-counsel, negotiated deal with Sony Pictures for Jackson perf doc “This Is It,” Sony Music for the soundtrack album as well as merchandising arrangements for the estate. Negotiated sale of Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization for more than $200 million.
Michael Burns, Lionsgate:
Spearheaded acquisition of TV Guide Network and TV Guide.com. Shepherded a $225 million senior secured notes offering.
Harry “Skip” Brittenham, Ziffren Brittenham:
Involved with DreamWorks-Reliance deal from the outset. Negotiated Steven Spielberg’s and Stacey Snider’s exit from Paramount; helped secure financing, and hammered out partnership between duo and Reliance.
Gerry Cardinale, Goldman Sachs: Deals:
$1.5 billion in debt investments in media for the Nielsen Co. and others; financing for acquisition of the AB Theme Parks business (SeaWorld, Busch Gardens) from InBev; creation of Legends Hospitality in partnership with New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys.
Guymon Casady, Management 360:
Producing fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” created by clients David Benioff and Dan Weiss for HBO. Secured helming deals for Mark Forster on Par’s “WWZ” and Louis Leterrier on Warner Bros.’ “Clash of the Titans.”
Gil Cates, DGA:
Preparing to direct the world premiere musical “Nightmare Alley,” which opens at the Geffen Playhouse in April.
Ryuhei Chiba, Avex:
Avex will finance three musicals, including Broadway’s “Spider-Man — Turn Off the Dark,” helmed by Julie Taymor, with music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and the Edge. Avex Hawaii made licensing deal with dance-music distributor Beatport.
Jeff Cohen, Cohen & Gardner:
Packaged new animated show with “The Simpsons” producer Film Roman based on the Roloff family from “Little People, Big World.” Reps “The Cove” producers Diamond Docs.
Jay Cooper, Greenberg Traurig:
Sits on the board of Sound Exchange, which seeks to amend copyright law and provide performance rights for artists. Ongoing work for Sheryl Crow, Jerry Seinfeld, James Taylor, Mel Brooks, John Williams.
Julie Darmody, Mosaic:
Repped Jon Heder in deal to star in a Comedy Central sitcom from Gary Sanchez Prods. and Debmar-Mercury.
Kunal Dasgupta, Formerly with Sony Entertainment TV:
Resigned as CEO of Sony Pictures Television Intl.’s India unit in February.
John de Mol, Endemol:
Bought reality pioneer Bunim-Murray for estimated $50 million-$70 million via his Talpa Media. Talpa plans to open production subsids in U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the U.K.
Peter Dekom, Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall:
Repped Paul Haggis’ 61 Films to produce and write “The Next Three Days” for Lionsgate. Also advising Haggis in case against “Crash” producer Bob Yari over share of the film’s profits. Advises New Mexico State Investment Council.
Craig A. Emanuel, Loeb & Loeb:
Repped Robert Rodriguez as director of children’s film “Shorts” and Tony Gilroy as writer-producer-director of “Duplicity.” Repped Lindsay Lohan, Gary Scott Thompson, Gabriele Muccino, Alex Proyas and Peter Chelsom.
Bert Fields, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger:
Continues to work with longtime clients Tom Cruise, James Cameron and Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Lectured at Harvard Law, bringing in Cruise to discuss entertainment law.
Rick Finkelstein, Universal Pictures:
Promoted to vice chairman and COO and will play a strategic role alongside newly named co-chairman Donna Langley and Universal’s new chairman, Adam Fogelson.
Ruth Fisher, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher:
Lead partner in the firm repping Vivendi in selling its stake in NBC Universal to GE for $5.8 billion. Repped One Equity Partners in its purchase of a 49% stake in Lionsgate’s TV Guide Network and TVGuide.com. Repped Universal in potential distrib deal with DreamWorks.
Craig Jacobson, Hansen, Jacobson:
Repped William Morris in its merger with Endeavor; Ryan Seacrest in his latest negotiations to host “American Idol”; mixed martial arts league Strikeforce in negotiations with CBS and Showtime.
Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity Media:
Acquired Rogue Pictures from Universal for an estimated $150 million, adding roughly 30 titles to the company’s catalog. Launched RelativityReal, with more than 20 shows in either series or pilot.
Kenneth Kleinberg, Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Klein:
Together with agent Sandy Bresler negotiated Jack Nicholson’s agreement for Sony/Columbia’s new feature skedded for December 2010 release. Advised Mick Jagger/Jagged Films on development of animated feature “Ruby Tuesday.”
Kishore Lulla, Eros Intl.:
Inked with Universal Music Group to launch a joint-venture artist-management agency to develop and promote Indian pop talent in India and internationally.
Muriel Malka and Jay Bockhaus, NBC Universal:
Worked on negotiations announced by NBC Universal, Disney-ABC and Hearst for A&E Television Networks to acquire Lifetime Entertainment.
Michael “Mickey” Mayerson, Loeb & Loeb:
Repped publisher HarperCollins, which sued New Line and the J.R.R. Tolkien heirs for share of profits from “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy. Repped Relativity Media in connection with acquisition of Rogue Pictures. Repped Jason Reitman’s new production shingle.
Scott Packman, MGM:
Continued work as key player in pay TV channel Epix, the joint venture with Paramount and Lionsgate.
Scott Parish, Alcon Entertainment:
Working toward goal of three releases per year in output deal with Warner Bros. Financing and producing “Lottery Ticket” with Ice Cube and Bow Wow. Financing and co-producing Denzel Washington starrer “The Book of Eli,” skedded for January release.
Bruce Ramer, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown:
Continues to rep DreamWorks and Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso Prods. with Harold Brown and other firm attorneys.
Michael Rapino, Live Nation:
Continued attempt to merge with Ticketmaster in a $2.5 billion deal to form Live Nation Entertainment. Pursuing — alongside Ticketmaster — dynamic pricing and paperless ticketing to combat secondary ticket market.
David Sands, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton:
Continues to work with longtime clients on issues of indebtedness in the changing economy.
Asif Satchu and MoDI Wiczyk, Media Rights Capital:
Announced $350 million revolving credit facility provided by JPMorgan Chase as administrative agent. Funding was used to expand film, TV and digital projects.