3:23pm PT by Eriq Gardner
Sony Pictures Taps Daniel Floyd to Oversee Litigation
Sony Pictures Entertainment is turning to Daniel Floyd to assume responsibilities for all litigation matters at the studio.
As the new executive vp litigation, Floyd will oversee the company's prosecution and defense of matters in courtrooms and arbitration forums, reporting to general counsel Leah Weil.
Floyd comes to Sony from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he served as co-chair of the firm's litigation department and represented such clients as Apple, Intel and Herbalife. The UC Berkeley law graduate replaces Len Venger, a veteran litigator who is retiring.
“Daniel Floyd is a respected litigator, who brings with him a wealth of experience. He will be a meaningful addition to our legal team,” Weil said Monday in a statement.
On Sony's court docket at the moment: the defense of an antitrust lawsuit brought by digital animation workers alleging they were denied better work opportunities via anti-poaching pacts in the industry; a proposed settlement with former workers alleging Sony didn't better safeguard private data before a hacking; and a wage lawsuit by those tasked with defending parking spots for Sony-produced television shows.