2:31pm PT by Austin Siegemund-Broka
Hollywood Law Hires: Pellicano Attorney, Dealmakers Find New Firms
Nearly a year since the opening of Latham & Watkins' Century City office, the firm continues to expand the entertainment practice, rebooted by the surprise jump of a team of dealmakers from rival O'Melveny & Myers.
Glen Mastroberte joins as counsel in the firm's entertainment, sports and media practice, the department headed by Joseph Calabrese, who brought the team from O'Melveny.
Mastroberte concentrates on corporate deals, in particular transactions with Asian companies, including Route One's (A Walk in the Woods, Secret in Their Eyes) fund of $110 million with the South Korean government. He's also handled several film slate deals for Chinese companies, pertinent experience with the rise of Chinese money in the industry.
"We've been across the table from Glen on a number of deals and have been consistently impressed with his abilities. As we continue to build our practice in Century City, Glen adds another skilled lawyer who knows the entertainment industry well and effectively executes creative deals to the benefit of the client," said Chris Brearton, deputy managing partner of the Century City office.
"Glen both adds to and complements our already large and growing group of entertainment and media specialists, particularly in the television and M&A sectors," added Calabrese.
The firm's recent hires following Calabrese and Brearton include Marvin Putnam, who defended AEG Live in the lawsuit from Michael Jackson's family, and his frequent co-counsel Jessica Stebbins Bina, both from O'Melveny.
"Joining Latham & Watkins provides me with tremendous opportunities to grow my practice and to work within a dynamic team that has certainly drawn the attention of the market," said Mastroberte.
He joins Latham from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, where he was special counsel.
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>> Marko Kuo has joined Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo, the boutique that represents J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin and Dustin Hoffman. He comes from litigation — he represented clients including eBay at Irell & Manella — and more recently did transactional work for Fayer Gipson. “We are delighted to welcome Marko to our firm; his knowledge and experience in the digital and entertainment space will fit very well into the range of services we offer,” says founding partner Bob Lange.