Joseph Kahn, who brought his battle rap satire "Bodied" to the Toronto Film Festival, discussed working with Taylor Swift and people's obsession with "celebrity warfare," at the Variety Studio Presented by AT&T on Saturday."The biggest insult anyone throws at her is that she's manipulative," he said about the "Look What You Made Me Do" singer. "What does that mean? As an artist, because you know what clothes you want to wear, you know what edits you want to make, you...
Joseph Calabrese chairs the entertainment, sports and media practice at Latham & Watkins, bringing his vast experience in negotiating distribution and licensing agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and structured finance transactions to the firm. His leap to Latham & Watkins from O’Melveny & Myers in 2014 signaled a sea change for entertainment law, bringing five partners with him (including Christopher Brearton, another Variety 500 attorney) as well as a raft of prominent clients.
He represents the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, negotiating its broadcast agreements for the Golden Globe Awards show and other transactions. He also serves as primary outside counsel for Legendary Entertainment, including the complex $3.5 billion acquisition of the company by China’s Dalia Wanda Group. His work extends to distribution, joint venture, and acquisition transactions for major motion picture studios including Warner and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Calabrese brings his combined expertise in sports and entertainment to bear in his ongoing work with the International Olympic Committee, in the development of a global broadcast channel for Olympic sports and activities. For this and his work with Legendary, he was named among the 2016 Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.
Variety named him as a Leading Dealmaker in 2014, and as one of the attorneys named in its 2016 Legal Impact Report.
Calabrese did his undergraduate work at Boston College, and received his law degree from Cornell University.