Joe Calabrese, partner, O’Melveny & Myers

Dealmakers Impact Report 2011: Lawyers

Calabrese says he felt “like I won a gold medal” when he closed a $4.38 billion deal between client the Intl. Olympic Committee and NBC, which will bring the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Games to the network.

“The IOC is a not-for-profit, and it’s nice to handle an organization that’s not simply motivated by the money but by the power of getting kids engaged in amateur sports,” Calabrese says. “The Olympic movement is about fitness and kids.”

KEY DEALS: Calabrese reps another not-for-profit, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which is suing Dick Clark Prods. over which entity retains the right to determine who will broadcast the HFPA’s Golden Globes kudocast. The two sides will face off in court on Jan. 24. At stake: a couple of hundred million dollars, given that the show generates $20 million-$30 million annually.

In addition, Calabrese worked closely with colleague Robert Haymer on creating the framework for Open Road, which teams exhibitors AMC and Regal on a distribution venture that will put eight-10 films per year through the company’s pipeline.

“It’s been one helluva year,” quips Calabrese. “It’s hard to pick any one deal out of the hopper. Open Road, like most of my deals, is very unique, which is one of the things I like most about this practice.”

SPARE TIME: Traveling, tinkering with old cars.

TOP CAUSES: Obama’s re-election bid, Constitutional Rights Foundation

Return to the Dealmakers Impact Report 2011 >>

More Scene

  • Taron Egerton Elton John Rocketman Live

    Elton John and Taron Egerton Duet at 'Rocketman' Awards Season Event at the Greek Theatre

    “Rocketman” has officially launched into awards season. Paramount hosted a screening of the film with a live-performance of the score by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and a headlining performance by Elton John and the film’s star Taron Egerton. John and Egerton — who is in contention for best actor for his portrayal of the singer [...]

  • Hailee Steinfeld Dickinson Premiere

    Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski on What Modern Women Can Learn From Emily Dickinson

    Emily Dickinson lived in the 1800s, but if you ask the team behind Apple TV Plus’ upcoming series, “Dickinson,” her story is more current than ever. Hailee Steinfeld stars in the the modern-day retelling of the poet’s young life. The actress — who makes her first full-time foray into television with the role and also [...]

  • Don Cheadle

    ACLU Bill of Rights Gala to Honor Don Cheadle, Feature Appearances by Selena Gomez, Regina Hall

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California will honor “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Monday” star Don Cheadle at the organization’s annual Bill of Rights dinner on Nov. 17 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Cheadle will be recognized for his activist work as an advocate for racial and gender equality, immigration reform, reproductive and LGBTQ [...]

  • Helen Mirren attends the LA Premiere

    Why Helen Mirren Considers Catherine the Great to Be 'Superhuman'

    It’s no secret that Dame Helen Mirren has a knack for nailing regal roles. Following her Oscar-winning on-screen reign as Queen Elizabeth II back in 2006, the thespian brings yet another powerful ruler to life in HBO’s limited mini-series “Catherine the Great.” Just as she does on the small screen as Russian Empress Catherine II, [...]

  • Taika Waititi Jojo Rabbit Premiere

    Why Director Taika Waititi Decided to Play Adolf Hitler in 'Jojo Rabbit'

    “Fox Searchlight blackmailed me into doing it,” Taika Waititi told Variety of playing Adolf Hilter in “Jojo Rabbit” at the film’s premiere at American Legion Post 43 on Tuesday night in Hollywood. Staying mum when asked which other actors had been on his wish list to play the role, Waititi explained why he eventually decided [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content