Power Lawyers: THR Unveils America's Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys
Cornell Law School
Why he matters: As a business and legal adviser to Legendary Entertainment, Calabrese is involved with several important franchises: Batman and Superman, movies that Legendary co-produces with Warner Bros. Calabrese has advised Legendary CEO Thomas Tull on $1 billion in equity and debt transactions, and he’s particularly proud of his association with 42, the movie about baseball leg end Jackie Robinson. Says Calabrese, “Thomas has a great passion for sports, so people thought 42 was a bit of a vanity project, and now it’s over $85 million at the domestic box office.”
Big deal: Calabrese is representing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in ongoing negotiations with Dick Clark Productions, so helping the parties turn out a decent Golden Globes telecast was a challenge in itself. “There’s no agreement beyond the actual awards show, so the preshow, the e-show — all that has to be agreed to on a yearly basis,” he says. “Getting everybody to cooperate is a task that falls to the lawyers.”Click here to read THR's complete Power Lawyers list.