Magazine article Variety

Law

Magazine article Variety

Law

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ftJONATHAN ALTSCHUL

Age: 39; Senior counsel, Loeb & Loeb

A leading dealmaker in music, television, digital media, and liveentertainment arenas, Altschul was a key player in negotiating licensing agreements on behalf of HBO with "The Game of Thrones" Live Concert Tour's producers, the agreement with promoter Live Nation, and other agreements in connection with the upcoming show. He serves as outside counsel for Kaaboo Del Mar festival, a leading dealmaker in popular K-pop arena. "The breakneck pace in which distribution methods are evolving requires us to ensure that the clients we represent will benefit from these new income streams," he says.

ft JIMMY FANELLY

Age: 32; Counsel, entertainment & media group, O'Melveny & Myers

Drawing on his previous experience as a director of business & legal affairs for global sports at Fox Networks Group, Fanelly focuses on the licensing, acquisition and distribution of film, television, sports, and new media properties. "To be the best resource for our clients, I strive to understand their businesses and strategy from a holistic perspective - not just a legal one - so that they are always well positioned for their next move," he says.

GINA REIF ILARDI

Age: 36; Partner, content, media and entertainment unit, Jenner & Block

Since joining in April, she has advised ESPN on the 2016 Espy Awards and "30 for 30" series; acted as counsel to Bleecker Street Prods. for promotional film campaigns, and to Broad Green Pictures for releases "The Infiltrator," "Bad Santa 2," "Neon Demon," and "Knight of Cups." She advises Lionsgate on privacy issues, serving as counsel to STX Entertainment. "This field is constantly evolving with new things for me to learn, new people working alongside or opposite of me, and new problems to solve," she says.

ft ELEANOR M. LACKMAN

Age: 38; Partner and co-chair, litigation group, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard

Lackman serves as go-to outside IP counsel for BuzzFeed and Mic Network on copyright, trademark, endorsement, and other related issues. She is defending the NBA in two IP lawsuits, and defending Jay Z in three IP lawsuits pending in New York federal courts. "One of the newer and more fun challenges is the need to be able to pivot constantly," she says. "On a given day, I may shift from being a fierce advocate to negotiating a business solution to building consensus among my team. …

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