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    Robert Darwell
    Robert Darwell
    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

    Georgetown University Law Center

    Why he matters: With a specialty in film financing, Darwell represented about 70 titles in 2012, including Zero Dark Thirty and The Master
for Annapurna, run by Oracle heiress Megan Ellison. “She’s able to self-finance, so she isn’t reliant on what other people think,” he notes. Darwell, who is known to spend part of his year in Argentina or France, also repped a financier of the upcoming Mark Wahlberg movie Lone Survivor. Highlighting one of the complexities of a $50 million indie film, there were so many producer and executive producer credits that the distributor insisted a half-dozen be cut. “Of course, our client wound up with their credits,” he says.

    Big deal: Darwell repped nuvoTV, an English-language network targeting Hispanics, in its extensive programming and marketing deal with Jennifer Lopez. “It’s like Oprah Winfrey with OWN,” he says. “She gets a fee, but the real potential for reward is in the equity.”

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