Michael Gendler
Julie Ann Fineman
United States
2020

Gendler & Kelly

Michael
Gendler

Partner

Gendler kept his impressive client roster busy, setting deals for Steve Martin’s Hulu series “Only Murders in the Building,” Chris Pine’s starring role in Paramount’s reboot of “The Saint” and John C. Reilly’s role in Showtime’s untitled Lakers pilot, all while inking Yolonda Lawrence to write and executive produce the “Empire” spin­off “Cookie” with Danny Strong and Stacy A. Littlejohn. He crafted separate overall agreements at Sony for writer-producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon (“Homeland”), Shawn Ryan (“S.W.A.T.”) and Hank Steinberg (“The Last Ship”) and handled legal work on Alex Kurtzman’s numerous series for CBS TV Studios (including five in the “Star Trek” universe). Other clients include Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes, David E. Kelley, Rob Marshall and authors Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Jenny Han and Daniel Silva.

Career

  • Gendler & Kelly
  • Irell & Manella LLP

Education

  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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Attorney Michael Gendler Addresses WGA-ATA Dispute, Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Deal at Variety's Power of Law

Attorney Michael Gendler Addresses WGA-ATA Dispute, Shonda Rhimes' Netflix Deal at Variety's Power of Law

Entertainment law powerhouse Michael Gendler touched on a range of topics during a keynote conversation at Variety’s Power of Law breakfast presented by City National Bank held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wednesday, including the ongoing dispute between the Writers Guild and the major talent agencies.Speaking with Variety's co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller, Gendler said he does not believe the Guild and the agencies will reach an agreement by this Friday."It's going to take compromise," Gendler said. "People have criticized the guild...

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