Bert Habets has resigned as CEO of European media giant RTL, which has appointed Thomas Rabe to take over the role.RTL said Habets has stepped down as chief executive and also from the board of RTL. Rabe told Reuters that Habets was leaving for family reasons and that there were no disagreements over strategy. Habets recently outlined a huge investment program and plans to ramp up streaming services.Rabe will take on his new role in addition to his duties as...
At 87, he is still a formidable presence in and around the Los Angeles court system. He famously, and successfully, took on Disney and Michael Eisner, winning a stunning $250 million payout for the ousted Jeffrey Katzenberg in the late 1990s. He repped “Star Wars” creator George Lucas in negotiations with Disney, Warren Beatty against Paramount over “Reds,” and has also represented such industry heavyweights as Tom Cruise, the Weinsteins, James Cameron, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, and studios including Universal, Paramount and Dreamworks.
He’s also repped major authors, including Tom Clancy, James Clavell, Clive Cussler and “Godfather” author Mario Puzo and his estate. His sterling reputation was briefly tarnished in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping and racketeering scandal after he hired the celebrity P.I. who was subsequently sent to prison, but Fields emerged largely unscathed.
Recent clients include Sumner Redstone’s former companion Manuela Herzer, and Irwin Winkler whom Fields successfully repped in a case against Warner Bros. for profits from “Goodfellas.” Fields has been a Stanford Law School instructor and lectured regularly at his Harvard alma mater, and has also authored several books, including two novels using a pseudonym.