Five O’Melveny Partners Named Power Lawyers by The Hollywood Reporter

May 23, 2013

O’Melveny & Myers LLP partners Christopher Brearton, Joseph Calabrese, Daniel Petrocelli, Stephen Scharf and Robert “Bobby” Schwartz were named to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2013 Power Lawyers list. The annual survey, which names the top 100 entertainment lawyers, is known as the authority on Hollywood power players and chooses the winners based on the “influence [they] have over how Hollywood operates.”

Brearton was highlighted for his work with Participant Media and its US$100 million fundraising efforts, investment in social media manager Audience, and its acquisition of Documentary Channel and Halogen TV to form cable channel Pivot. Brearton also is recognized for representing American Media Production in its launch of regional sports network SportsNet LA.

Calabrese’s work advising Legendary Entertainment, which co-produces several movies with Warner Bros. including the Batman and Superman franchises and recently produced the film 42, on US$1 billion in equity and debt transactions is detailed in the article. He also is representing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in ongoing negotiations with Dick Clark Productions, and shepherding the next Golden Globes award show. 

Petrocelli is noted for taking on “challenging hot cases,” including securing a copyright victory to the Superman franchise for Warner Bros., winning a breach of contract case for Warner Bros. surrounding The Last Samurai movie, and representing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in a well-publicized trial with Dick Clark Productions over the Golden Globes, which is being appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Scharf is recognized for his work with Peter Schlessel, Graham King, and Tim Headington to create film distributor FilmDistrict, and advising StudioCanal on a multi-picture agreement with Anton Capital Entertainment and Legendary Entertainment to create Legendary East. His clients are spread throughout China, South Korea, India, Indonesia, and elsewhere, according to the publication.

Schwartz’s representation of Paramount against columnist Art Buchwald in a dispute involving the Coming to America movie, work for Warner Bros. settling a profits dispute over the Smallville series, and big victory for video game designers Jason West and Vince Zampella over payment for Call of Duty and Modern Warfare landed him on this year’s list.

All five partners are members of O'Melveny's Entertainment, Sports, and Media Practice and reside in the Firm's Century City office.