Joseph Calabrese
Courtesy Calabrese
United States
2018

Latham & Watkins

Joseph
Calabrese

Partner

Heading up Latham & Watkins’ entertainment, sports and media arm, Calabrese has been behind several recent big deals: negotiating the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s long-term pact with NBC for the Golden Globes and repping Skydance Media in a strategic investment by China’s Tencent Holdings. The New Jersey native handled U.S. Figure Skating’s TV and digital-rights agreement with NBC, covering domestic and international events through 2026, and oversaw U.S. legal matters for the International Olympic Committee in connection with the 2024 and 2028 Olympic bidding process. He joined Latham from O’Melveny & Myers in 2014, and his other clients include A24, beIN Media, Illumination Entertainment, Mattel, Sonar Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Career

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

Education

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

“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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