Daniel Black
United States
2018

Greenberg Traurig (LA)

Daniel
Black

Chair

Black handles a variety of cutting-edge rights issues. As lead counsel for BASE Entertainment, a leader in live-event hologram shows, he has the unique task of dealing with the legal challenges that arise when deceased celebrities (Roy Orbison, Nat King Cole, Maria Callas, Albert Einstein) make virtual appearances. He oversees matters for the videogame character Pokémon, including his first big-budget Hollywood feature, due from Warner Bros. in 2019, and serves as lead outside counsel for TV producer and distributor Sonar Entertainment and on content deals for Microsoft (non-music initiatives) and ViaSat. For his senior entertainment and media executives, he has negotiated employment agreements with a total value exceeding $40 million.

Career

  • Paramount Pictures
  • Columbia Pictures
  • Greenberg Traurig (LA)

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 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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