Joseph Calabrese
Courtesy of Latham & Watkins
United States

Latham & Watkins LLP


Partner / Chair, Entertainment, Sports & Media

Since joining the venerable firm in 2014, Calabrese has been point man on a number of recent big broadcast deals, advising the Arizona Diamondbacks on its Fox Sports exit, Sinclair Broadcast Media on its joint venture with the Chicago Cubs to form Marquee Sports Network and Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios in its acquisition of four broadcast TV stations. He continues to advise the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on all aspects of the Golden Globe Awards, including last year’s renewal of its airing deal with NBC through 2026, as well as consult on issues related to the staging of the Olympic Games both in Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028. His clients include A24, Illumination Entertainment, Miramax, Sonar Entertainment, Skydance Media and Warner Bros.


  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation


  • Cornell University (NY, USA)
  • Boston College (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Stay out of the spotlight; it fades your suit.”

What or who inspires you?

“Early in my career, I had the good fortune to meet and work with Norman Lear and Jerry Perenchio; Hard to think of two more wise and inspirational people in this business.”

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