LOS ANGELES - SEPT. 28, 2017 – Joel A. Katz, Chairman of the firm’s Global Entertainment and Media Practice, and Daniel H. Black, Chairman of the West Coast Entertainment and Media Practice, of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, have been named to Variety’s inaugural “Variety500” list of business leaders.
According to Variety, the unranked international professional index lists business leaders shaping the global $600 billion entertainment industry. The list is compiled based on nominations from the publication’s editorial board, industry leaders, data, and other research.
Katz is recognized as a top entertainment lawyer “who top artists want at the negotiation table,” according to the list. Katz has been ranked Billboard magazine's number-one entertainment attorney in its 'Power 100' list of most powerful executives in the music business, and has been called "the dealmaker who thinks outside the box." The world’s most famous entertainers place their trust in him to craft the breakthrough deals that boost their careers, cultivate their talents, and safeguard their assets. His star-studded client roster includes music industry legends from an array of genres, as well as music producers, record companies, concert promoters, and corporate heavy hitters.
Black is widely recognized for his ability to navigate easily on the cutting edge of media as well as the traditional entertainment business. Black has broad experience in the television, motion picture, and digital media arenas, having practiced law both in the major studio and law firm settings. He has served as lead counsel on numerous transactions with the major motion picture studios and television networks, in addition to major internet content producing, licensing, and advertising entities.
His clients include production and distribution, internet, video game, and augmented reality companies as well as advertising agencies, showrunners, and producers, along with on-air television and sports personalities. Black also possesses substantial experience representing clients based outside of Los Angeles in their entertainment industry-related matters. Black was recently recognized by Variety in the Legal Impact Report and Dealmakers Impact Report, The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers list of the Top 100 Most Influential Entertainment Lawyers in America, and was the winner of Lexology’s “Client Award for Media & Entertainment.”
In addition, Katz and two other Greenberg Traurig Entertainment & Media shareholders, Bobby Rosenbloum and Paul D. Schindler, were also recently recognized on Variety’s Dealmaker Elite: New York list. The inaugural list profiles leading professionals from east of the Mississippi who have been influential in major entertainment industry deals in the past 12 months.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Entertainment & Media Practice
With offices situated in the centers of the entertainment industry, Greenberg Traurig has established a highly experienced, international multidisciplinary entertainment and media practice. The Greenberg Traurig Entertainment & Media Practice focuses on the music, motion picture, television, sports, internet, digital media, publishing and theater industries. The team has access to key players in the entertainment industry and provides clients with the business-oriented and dedicated counsel needed to thrive in today’s multidiscipline, multimedia entertainment marketplace. The entertainment and media attorneys have consistently been ranked by The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers,” Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report” and “Legal Impact Report,” Billboard’s “Power Lawyers,” The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Guide, and Super Lawyers.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. A single entity worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.