Jonathan Moonves
United States

Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano

Jonathan
Moonves

Partner

Jonathan Moonves is a senior partner with Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano, where he represents clients in all aspects of the motion picture, television and digital industries. In addition to his Variety plaudits, he is on the Southern California Super Lawyer list as well.

His clients have included writer Jack Orman (“ER”), producer Vin di Bona, writer Marc Cherry, and actors Leah Remini (“The King of Queens”), Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), and the comedians of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

One of his highest profile negotiations ended in Romano’s $2.2 million per-episode contract, the highest fee received by any television actor to date. He also put together the highest grossing independent English language film of its time, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” working on behalf of client Nia Vardalos. Moonves negotiated the largest-ever television writer/producer deal for Marc Cherry, creator of the comedy-drama “Desperate Housewives.”

Moonves recently completed a deal for Robert and Michelle King, co-creators of “The Good Wife,” and for video blogger and fashion designer Bethany Mota.

He serves on several advisory boards to new media companies, and he speaks at seminars concerning topics relevant to the entertainment industry. He began serving as chief strategy officer for new kid-targeted streaming venture Pocketwatch in early 2017. Moonves earned his bachelor’s degree and his law degree at the University of Virginia.

Career

  • Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano
  • MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

Education

  • University of Virginia (VA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact

News from Variety

Tribeca Film Review: 'Jonathan'

Tribeca Film Review: 'Jonathan'

The titular figure in “Jonathan” has a secret that circumscribes his and another life, one bizarre enough that it must be kept hidden from outsiders. An offbeat spin on the dual-personality narrative, this first feature by director Bill Oliver and co-scenarist Peter Nickowitz is billed somewhat inexplicably in press materials as a “science-fiction fable.” But their quietly involving drama eschews any overt fantasy trappings, let alone the thriller melodramatics its premise might lead one to expect. Indeed, its doggedly low-key...

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Q&A

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

“Work for and with someone who you believe in, has integrity and has the ability to go far. Your loyalty and hard work will be rewarded.”

What or who inspires you?

“Talking with creators like Ray Romano, Robert & Michelle King, or Marc Cherry. Sometime we get caught up with the business; its nice to be reminded that at the root of what we do are people who are passionate and amazing at creating content.”

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