Joseph Calabrese
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United States

Latham & Watkins LLP


Partner / Chair, Entertainment, Sports & Media

Calabrese has been providing pandemic-related counsel to clients involved with some of the most watched live events in the world, including the International Olympic Committee, which was forced to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (producer of the Golden Globes), as well as top restauranteurs such as Thomas Keller.  He was inspired this year by the Black Lives Matter movement to redouble his practice’s commitment to its longstanding Black-owned business clients, including Allen Media/Entertainment Studios (Byron Allen), Macro (Charles D. King) and Westbrook (Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith). Other 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
  • 2019 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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