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

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    Talent
    Sam Fischer
    Sam Fischer
    Ziffren Brittenham

    UCLA School of Law

    Why he matters: After client Joss Whedon directed the billion-dollar hit The Avengers, Fischer hammered out a deal with Marvel Studios that will see Whedon not only come back to direct an Avengers sequel but become a consultant for all of its movies (Whedon got a special-thanks mention in Iron Man 3) as well as co-write and direct Marvel’s foray into TV, this fall’s ABC series Agents of SHIELD. “The first deal with Avengers was a very tough deal, but they rewarded him in success,” says Fischer. “The deal was not just about Avengers 2 but more about becoming part of the Marvel family.”


    Big deal: After client Ben Affleck won the best picture Oscar and grossed $230 million worldwide with Argo, Fischer scored him a huge Warners deal to produce, direct and star in an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live by Night. Fischer also negotiated Bruce Rosenblum’s exit as president of Warner Bros. TV, which he won’t talk about.

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