Power Lawyers: THR Unveils America's Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys
George Washington University Law School
Why he matters: Having represented Microsoft for several years on its Halo video game franchise — which, 11 years after its debut, passed 50 million unit sales in 2012 — Black has developed a specialty in digital entertainment (hence his ongoing effort to help Pokemon expand its online presence). In 2012, he represented Kathie Lee Gifford in a multiyear, multimillion-dollar deal to continue co-hosting Today’s fourth hour, and he helped launch Back9Network,a golf channel that counts Clint Eastwood as an investor.
Big deal: Black handled legal aspects for the creation and rollout of Forward Unto Dawn, a five-episode live-action web series Microsoft created as a companion to Halo 4. The first episode was viewed 11 million times, and the show proved so popular, it made its way to DVD and Blu-ray. “Some companies brag about how well they do digital entertainment — and they use all the right sound bites — but very few can actually do it,” says Black. “No disrespect to my other clients, but what Microsoft did here was very special.”Click here to read THR's complete Power Lawyers list.