1. Jason Feuerstein, 34
VP of Entertainment Finance, Union Bank
Feuerstein is relationship manager for FilmNation, Gaumont Intl. Television, Annapurna, Gold Circle and Weinstein Co. He’s already executed more than $1 billion in commitments, including $45 million for a StudioCanal co-finance, $300 million for the Beverly 2 finance fund and $300 million for Weinstein. He also led a number of syndicated loan transactions. Prior to Union, he worked in production and development.
2. Christopher Spicer, 34
Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss
Hauer & Feld
Spicer was involved in the $1 billion-plus financings for Comerica, Union Bank, Endgame, East West Bank and other financiers on multiple, single-project loans for such global franchises as “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” He also repped Media Rights Capital in connection with a five-year senior secured $350 million revolving credit facility with J.P. Morgan.
3. Sarah Fergusson Chambless, 32
Associate, entertainment, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
The former teacher focuses on startup company formation, early stage finance, governance and compliance, venture capital investment transactions and fund formation — as well as M&A. “She combines outstanding knowledge of the digital media world with first-class legal skill, business savvy and a user-friendly personality,” says Manatt entertainment co-chair Lindsay Conner. “She can explain technology to lawyers and law to techies — a skill few people have.”
4. David Swift, 34
Attorney at law, Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert
Swift is lead counsel in a right of publicity case pending in federal court against Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson. He also successfully repped Simon Fuller in his case against Fox and Fremantle, handles litigation for the manager of Green Day and the Goo Goo Dolls, and reps Suburban Noize Records in a dispute with the Kottonmouth Kings.
5. Sharad Bhatt, 33
VP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bhatt is working on the just-announced Warner Bros. co-financing mega-transaction with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a four-year partnership with Dune’s Steven Mnuchin, filmmaker Brett Ratner and Australian billionaire James Packer, to fund up to 75 films. Earlier he led the close of the inaugural financing for FilmNation and a refinancing of the Open Road Films credit facilities.
6. Jessica Marlow, 31
Associate, entertainment department, Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corp.
Marlow works on teams that service such clients as Diane Lane, Gina Gershon, David Mamet and Zosia Mamet. Individual clients include Tiffany Thornton, Aaron and Griffin Kunitz, Camilla Cleese and Stephanie Johnson. She recent started signing international talent such as South Africa’s Josette Eales.
(Profiles by Andrew Barker, Iain Blair, Peter Caranicas, Randee Dawn, Marc Graser, Carole Horst, Maane Khatchatourian, AJ Marechal, Alex Stedman, Allegra Tepper)