Hergott repped Kathleen Kennedy when she was named co-chair and of Lucasfilm in June and Rich Ross when was hired in October as CEO by TV production house Shine America, which is owned by News Corp. Because Lucasfilm was sold soon thereafter, Kennedy needed an employment contract with buyer Walt Disney Co. so "it became two different deals within a relatively short period of time," says Hergott. "It was a very unusual circumstance but fascinating in how it all played...
Hergott is one of the top legal eagles in entertainment with such A-list clients as Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, and uber-producers Kathleen Kennedy (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and husband Frank Marshall (“Jurassic World”). He cut the huge Netflix deal for Pitt’s comedy “War Machine,” produced by the star’s Plan B Entertainment. He cut another big Netflix deal for their new fantasy series “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” starring client Neil Patrick Harris.
Hergott also helped make the deal for Crowe to direct “The Water Diviner,” and repped Kennedy when the eight-time Academy Award-nominated producer was handpicked by George Lucas to become president of Lucasfilm. Also repped Rich Ross, formerly CEO of TV production house Shine America, when he joined Discovery Channel in 2015. Hergott’s other clients include Alan Ball (HBO’s “True Blood”), David Heyman, who produced all eight “Harry Potter” movies and David Yates, the prolific British director who helmed the last four of the blockbuster Potter films. Heyman produced and Yates directed the new hit Potter spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Hergott graduated from The University of Michigan, A.B., with high distinction, and Northwestern University, J.D.