Dealmakers Impact Report 2010
DREAMWORKS-RELIANCE DEALHarold Brown/Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown: Helped establish vidgame development company Respawn Entertainment and shepherded overall deal with Electronic Arts for Jason West and Vince Zampella, creators/developers of billion-dollar franchise “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.” Alan J. Levine, Former managing partner, J.P. Morgan: Left company in late 2009. Sky Moore/Stroock & Stroock & Lavan: Repped Citibank in workout of $500 million syndicated loan to RHI, Starz Entertainment in $200 million intl. financing of TV programming and Winchester in $200 million intl. financing of large-budget theatrical films. Jeff Small, prexy, CEO, DreamWorks Studios: Along with rest of DreamWorks, ramped up production on “Cowboys & Aliens,” “War Horse,” “The Help,” “Fright Night,” and “Real Steel.” Prepped for February release of “I Am Number Four.” DISNEY-MARVEL DEAL Bob Iger, CEO Disney: Continues to oversee Mouse. David Maisel, former vice chairman & EVP, Marvel: Left company in late 2009. Isaac Perlmutter, CEO, Marvel: Continues to oversee Marvel. Morton Pierce, M&A chair, Dewey & LeBoeuf: Worked in audit committee of board of directors of The Talbots, Inc. on Talbots’ acquisition of BPW Acquisition Corp. and with members of Bankrate Inc.’s management on Apax Partners’ going-private tender offer for Bankrate. Carl Sanchez, partner, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker: Led Hastings team, which advised on Marvel’s Entertainment’s acquisition by The Walt Disney Co. The $4 billion transaction was structured as a cash-and-stock, tax-free double merger. Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts: In January, became leader of company’s worldwide vacation and travel businesses. John Turitzin, EVP, gen. counsel, Marvel: Continues at Marvel. LIFETIME-A&E DEAL Jeff Gaspin, chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment: Leaving the company in the wake of Comcast’s acquisition of a controlling interest. Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and prexy, Disney/ABC Television Group: Continues to work with Disney and ABC. Scott Sassa, prexy, Hearst Entertainment and Syndication: Oversaw company as ESPN World Cup coverage attracted over 160 million U.S. viewers; over 25% watching via TV, radio and digital combo. LAW Daniel H. Black, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig: Continued repping Microsoft in deals with Hollywood (MSN content, vidgames, “Halo” property). Joseph Calabrese, partner, O’Melveny & Myers: Led O’Melveny team that advised Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, a joint venture between AMC, Cinemark and Regal, in closing on $660 million in financing for deployment of digital projection technology that facilitates 3D viewing. Lindsay Conner, partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips: Repped Sony Pictures Entertainment on its multifilm co-finance deals (including Relativity Media). Repped CBS Television in multiyear production deals for “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Patti C. Felker, managing partner, Felker Toczek: Negotiated for Jeremy Renner to star in “Mission Impossible 4.” and overall deals at Warner Bros. for Greg Berlanti and Zac Efron. John T. Frankenheimer, partner and co-chairman, Loeb & Loeb: Repped ARC Music in sale to Fuji Media Holdings’ subsid Fuji Entertainment America. Continuing repping Diana Ross, Vince Gill, Colbie Caillat, Duncan Sheik and Bill Maher, among others. Michael Gendler/Gendler & Kelly: Repped Gregory Bonann, co-creator and exec producer of “Baywatch,” in sale of “Pt. Dume” to Tribune Broadcasting stations. Joshua Grode: Included in this year’s Impact list. Libby Savill and Mark Devereux Olswang: For GK Films, working on portion of financing for Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo Cabret.” For Disney, assisting in the U.K. end of the Miramax sale process. Stephen Scharf, partner, O’Melveny & Myers: Led O’Melveny team that advised Bank of America on its role in the recent financing for CAA. Robert Schumer, co-head, M&A group, Paul Weiss: Named a “Super Lawyer” in New York in 2010. Nina Shaw, managing partner, Del Shaw Moonves: Continues to rep African American clientele, including Jamie Foxx, Cedric The Entertainer, Nick Cannon and Yvette Lee Bowser. Marc Toberoff, Toberoff & Associates: Continues to work on behalf of “Superman” creators’ estates on getting rights back from Warner Bros. Fred Toczek/Felker, Toczek: Negotiated deals for Martin Freeman on “Hobbit,” Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg on “Green Hornet” and “Live With It,” and Nicholas Hoult on “X-Men.” Kevin Yorn/Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine: Worked with Kate Walsh to build lifestyle and beauty company Boyfriend, which launched a fragrance on HSN; continues to work with Ellen DeGeneres and Scarlett Johansson on endorsement deals. Ken Ziffren/Ziffren, Brittenham: Advised Starz on its extension of premium pay television deals with Disney and Sony. Negotiated for MRC in its 20-picture domestic feature distribution deal with Universal. FINANCE Paul Hanson, QED: Working on “The Fields,” starring Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chloe Moretz and produced with helmer Michael Mann; producing a new feature at Warner Bros. with Sam Raimi. Bryan Lacour, SVP and entertainment finance manager, Union Bank: Underwrote and syndicated a $50 million production loan for Relativity Media. Also, production loans for Film Nation, The Film Department and Lionsgate, and a commitment to David Ellison’s Skydance Productions’ revolving credit facility. Jared Underwood, SVP, Comerica Entertainment Group: Continues to work with industry clients. MANAGERS Ken Kamins, Key Creatives: No update available. Peter Safran, The Safran Company: Produced five films, including “Elephant White,” indie actioner starring Djimon Hounsou and Kevin Bacon, and “Vampires Suck,” latest line of spoof movies for Regency/Fox. EXECS Tim Connors, COO, Marvel Studios: Mounted the three-film Comic-Con presentation including all vendor deals, 3D conversion and first presentation of “The Avengers” cast — including 11th-hour deal made with the last-minute replacement of Ed Norton with Mark Ruffalo. Michael Del Nin, SVP, intl. and corporate strategy, Time Warner: As a Time Warner rep on the CME board, advised management on acquisition of News Corp’s Bulgarian channel; helped build Time Warner’s international TV production capabilities, facilitated by Warner Bros. in London. Michael Garin, Former CEO of CME: Retired. Andrew Gumpert, prexy, business affairs and administration, Columbia Pictures: Played key role in new “Spider-Man” deal; worked “Ghost Rider 2” deal that greenlit the movie in 3D at half the cost of the first film by shooting in Romania. Mitch Lowe, prexy, Redbox: Redbox and Paramount announced multiyear license agreement in June; Redbox surpassed one million iPhone App downloads in February and rented one billionth DVD in September. Mort Marcus, Ira Bernstein/Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury syndie division: Acquired off-net distrib rights to ITV Studios’ Fox series, “Hell’s Kitchen”; launched “E! True Hollywood Story” in national syndication. TBS ordered 100 episodes of Joe Roth/Ice Cube comedy “Are We There Yet?” Lis Murdoch, CEO, Shine Group: “Masterchef,” launched in U.S. this year, became summer’s biggest debuting show; U.K. Shine Group formats “Got To Dance” and “One Born Every Minute” commissioned for U.S. MAVENS Jordan Roth, prexy, Jujamcyn Theatres: New shows received 21 Tony noms; next season will present “The Book of Mormon,” new musical from “South Park” creators; hosting series of one-on-one conversations with Broadway stars like Nathan Lane and Elaine Stritch. David White, interim national exec director, SAG: Contributor to Los Angeles Lawyer and commentator on entertainment industry. Named Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section attorney of the year by the National Bar Association.