Daniel Black
Courtesy of Greenberg Traurig
United States
2020

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Daniel
Black

Chair, West Coast Entertainment & Media

Over the past year, Black has been involved in transactions valued at over $2 billion, including the negotiation of employment and new-venture agreements for many senior entertainment and media executives (60% of whom were women or people of color) worth more than $110 million in guaranteed compensation alone. He also reps Pokémon in entertainment matters (including deals with Netflix and Universal Music Group), leads Canadian toymaker Spin Master — which just paid $50 million for Rubik’s Cube — in its push to produce multi-platform content based on its IP, including a “PAW Patrol” animated feature, and counsels Bill Gates and his Gates Ventures. Other clients include HDNet’s AXS TV channel and prodco Sugar23 from producer Michael Sugar (“Spotlight”).

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
  • 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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