Hollywood Power Firms Goodman Schenkman and Stone Genow to Merge

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Two of Hollywood's top talent boutiques on Wednesday announced a merger — Goodman, Schenkman and Stone, Genow are expected to finalize their deal by the end of the month.

The merged law firm, which will be dubbed Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher, represents A-list actors, directors and producers including Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Anthony Hopkins and Jason Blum. 

"We are excited about this unique strategic opportunity to grow and unite our very complementary practices in film and television among a group of people we like and admire,” Carlos Goodman and Rick Genow said in a joint statement. 

This announcement comes nine months after Alan Hergott and Jake Bloom announced their retirements amid the since-settled legal dustup with Johnny Depp and that firm rebranding as Goodman Schenkman & Brecheen.

Leigh Brecheen, who represents top comedic talent including John Oliver and Conan O'Brien, isn't mentioned in the announcement. Brecheen confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that she has launched her own firm, along with several colleagues including David Feldman, to be called Brecheen, Feldman, Breimer, Silver & Thompson.

Added Michael Schenkman and Mitch Smelkinson: “This next step would not have been possible without the great support of our senior counsel, John Diemer and Doug Stone, who have been foundations of the two firms that are combining and will be integral to managing this new partnership going forward.” 

The new firm will also include partners Stuart Rosenthal, Chad Christopher, Allison Binder, Eric Brooks, Matt Rosen, Patrick Knapp, Hayes Robbins, Hannah Mulderink, Aron Baumel and Will Jacobson and John Ingram, who will head the firm's music practice, according to the announcement. 

Brecheen on Wednesday sent THR a statement about the changes. "We have had many wonderful years with our colleagues at Bloom Hergott and wish them all well with their new endeavor," she said. "We look forward to continuing to collaborate with them on our many continuing shared clients such as Davis Entertainment, Plan B and David Heyman."