Power Lawyers 2011
Scharf, part of his firm's top-notch showbiz finance group, this year helped Peter Schlessel and Graham King create the distribution company FilmDistrict, which roared out of the gate with the hits Insidious and Soul Surfer. "In an era when companies are talking about contrasting, closing and not getting enough financing, we helped found a startup that right out of the box is successful," he boasts. Scharf also helped Peter Chernin found Chernin Asia, and he assisted MGM, while emerging from bankruptcy, to secure production rights to The Hobbit.
OFF-DUTY Scharf and his wife own a vineyard in Sonoma County where they produce Cabernet and Zinfandel under the label Dark Horse. But he doesn't love the name. "I should have a wine-naming contest."