Chris Brearton, partner, O’Melveny & Myers

Dealmakers Impact Report 2011: Lawyers

Brearton led the team that advised Spyglass Entertainment in connection with its merger with MGM, which left the Lion with a clean balance sheet and a $500 million credit line from JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America.

Those negotiations, which were sometimes heated, offered Brearton an unexpected full-circle moment: “In 1992, I came to Los Angeles as a CPA accountant, and MGM was my first audit client,” he says. “I always had a special place in my heart for MGM. Their renaissance and rebirth is tremendously exciting but was also time-consuming and incredibly complex.”

KEY DEALS: Brearton also helped extend a colossal Univision-Televisa output pact, which continued Televisa’s longstanding relationship with the broadcaster.

“The Spanish-language population in the U.S. is growing exponentially, and Univision is largest network appealing to that audience,” says Brearton. “This really solidifies Univision’s content offerings for the next decade and beyond.”

Brearton’s busy year also included repping DreamWorks Animation in inking a subscription VOD output pact with Netflix.

SPARE TIME: Coaching his young sons how to play sports.

TOP CAUSES: Sundance Institute; American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach; pro bono legal work in conjunction with Participant Media’s social action campaigns

Return to the Dealmakers Impact Report 2011 >>

More Scene

  • 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' film

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart's 'Jumanji' Maintains 'Soul' of Robin Williams Original

    Brearton led the team that advised Spyglass Entertainment in connection with its merger with MGM, which left the Lion with a clean balance sheet and a $500 million credit line from JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. Those negotiations, which were sometimes heated, offered Brearton an unexpected full-circle moment: “In 1992, I came to […]

  • John Cena Ferdinand

    'Ferdinand' Director on Why John Cena Was Perfect for Title Role

    Brearton led the team that advised Spyglass Entertainment in connection with its merger with MGM, which left the Lion with a clean balance sheet and a $500 million credit line from JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. Those negotiations, which were sometimes heated, offered Brearton an unexpected full-circle moment: “In 1992, I came to […]

  • Asian-American Unforgettable Awards 2017

    'Westworld's' Leonardo Nam Says Seeing Asian Actors in ‘Star Wars’ ‘Feels Normal’

    Brearton led the team that advised Spyglass Entertainment in connection with its merger with MGM, which left the Lion with a clean balance sheet and a $500 million credit line from JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. Those negotiations, which were sometimes heated, offered Brearton an unexpected full-circle moment: “In 1992, I came to […]

  • Mark Hamill'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Honors Late Carrie Fisher at Elaborate Premiere

    Brearton led the team that advised Spyglass Entertainment in connection with its merger with MGM, which left the Lion with a clean balance sheet and a $500 million credit line from JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. Those negotiations, which were sometimes heated, offered Brearton an unexpected full-circle moment: “In 1992, I came to […]

  • Ajit Pai Free Speech

    FCC Chair Plays for Laughs at D.C. Event Amid Fierce Net Neutrality Debate

    Brearton led the team that advised Spyglass Entertainment in connection with its merger with MGM, which left the Lion with a clean balance sheet and a $500 million credit line from JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. Those negotiations, which were sometimes heated, offered Brearton an unexpected full-circle moment: “In 1992, I came to […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content