Joseph Calabrese
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United States

Latham & Watkins LLP


Partner / Chair, Entertainment, Sports & Media

Calabrese tackles cases for big-name clients in sports, entertainment and media, such as the International Olympic Committee’s rights deals and the Holly­wood Foreign Press’ discussions with NBC regarding the 2022 Golden Globe Awards and future broadcast rights to the show. Recently, he counseled Illumination Entertainment and its founder Chris Meledandri in connection with co-financing and distribution arrangements; Korea-based JTBC Studios on the acquisition of the outstanding equity interest in Wiip Productions (“Mare of Eastown”) from CAA; and Warner Bros. on its joint venture with Universal to handle all of the studio’s “hard goods” home video business. Among the numerous production and distribution companies he reps are A24, Byron Allen Media Group/Entertainment Studios, Disney, Miramax and Skydance.



  • 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
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 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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