Daniel Black
Courtesy of Greenberg Traurig
United States
2021

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Daniel
Black

Chair, West Coast Entertainment & Media

Black is frequently called up by companies looking to create film, TV and digital content from their intellectual property. He is lead counsel for toymaker Spin Master, recently negotiating the windows for its “Paw Patrol” movie via Paramount and Paramount+, and primary counsel for Pokémon, for whom he cut deals with Netflix and Universal Music Group. In 2021, Black took on similar roles with video game developer Bungie (“Halo,” “Destiny”) and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and his Gates Ventures, providing ongoing insight and legal expertise related to content creation. He has also handled employment and new venture agreements for many senior entertainment and media executives, including Kim Goodwin, for whom he concurrently negotiated her separation from CBS News and her new post as president of ABC News.

Career

  • Paramount Pictures
  • Columbia Pictures
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Education

  • New York University (NY, USA)
  • George Washington University (DC, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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Q&A

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

“IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO STAY CURRENT—BE FLUENT IN WHATEVER IS COMING NEXT.”

What or who inspires you?

“MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND OTHERS WHO MAKE THOSE AROUND THEM BIGGER.”

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