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Power Lawyers: THR Unveils America's Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys

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    Talent
    Darrell D. Miller
    Fox Rothschild

    Georgetown University Law Center

    Why he matters: Miller was touring the world, performing as a singer during the mid-1980s, when he reached Mumbai and had an epiphany: "I asked myself, what if one person had a singular understanding of both the business and creative sides of deals so as to improve the chances of them happening?" He returned to New York (after finishing his performance in The Princess and the Pea) and applied to law school. A quarter-century later, he is chairman of his firm's entertainment department and reps some of Hollywood's leading African-American talent, including Angela Bassett, Ludacris and influential producer T.D. Jakes.

    Key case: Miller helped NeNe Leakes leverage her day job on Bravo's top-rated The Real Housewives of Atlanta into a regular role on NBC's The New Normal. "Every network wants exclusivity and refuses to let one of its stars be on another network," he says. "But in the wonderfully vertically integrated society we now live in, after the Comcast merger with NBC, we were able to say, 'It should be looked on as staying within the same family.' And they agreed."

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