Bruce Ramer
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Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown

Bruce
Ramer

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Powerful and experienced, he’s been the man cutting the deals behind such Oscar-winning filmmakers as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood and Robert Zemeckis for decades. Long a partner at the prestigious law firm, and specializing in entertainment/media law, Ramer has represented Spielberg since before “Jaws,” and the A-lister has relied on the lawyer’s legendary negotiating skills across a wide range of film, TV and financing pacts over the years, including complex deals with Reliance and Disney.

He also counsels Alejandro G. Iñárritu and David O. Russell, and his recent deals include Eastwood’s “Sully”; Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”; Zemeckis’ “Allied”; David O. Russell’s “Joy” and Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning “The Revenant.” Well-known for his involvement in causes and the community, Ramer, who got his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Harvard, is a founding chair of the Geffen Playhouse, and also sits on the boards of the Corp. for Public Broadcasting, USC’s entertainment law institute and communications schools and the Shoah Foundation. He is a key figure in organizing the annual USC entertainment law symposium and its keynote talk with such execs as Disney’s Bob Iger and Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara, and is a member, Board of Councilors, University of Southern Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and member Board of Governors, Center for the Digital Future, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Career

  • Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown

Education

  • Princeton University (NJ, USA)
  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Variety Legal Impact

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“When a client called and said: I've been convicted in absentia in Egypt and sentenced to death. What should I do? My answer: Stay out of Egypt.”

What or who inspires you?

“My wife, Madeline Ramer; Winston Churchill.”

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