ICM's Jeff Berg to Keynote Hollywood Reporter's 5th Annual Power Lawyers Event

Jeff Berg Portrait 2011
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Roman Polanski 's agent Jeff Berg poses in his office in Los Angeles on September 28, 2009. The controversial 76-year-old director was arrested on September 26, 2009 after he arrived to receive a prize at the Zurich film festival.  France and Poland are to ask the United States to drop the charges and consider a presidential pardon over the case, though Polanski has already acknowledged he had sex with the 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles in 1977. Several Swiss newspapers drew a link between the detention and Switzerland's dispute with the United States over banking secrecy, and called the arrest of Polanski at Zurich airport a stain on the country's image.

Jeffrey Berg, Chairman and CEO of talent agency International Creative Management, will be the featured speaker at The Hollywood Reporter's 5th annual Power Lawyers Power Breakfast, set to take place July 13 at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. 

The Power Lawyers event, which will feature Berg in conversation with THR news director Matthew Belloni, is held each July in conjunction with THR's annual special issue profiling the Top 100 entertainment attorneys in America. The breakfast, which began in 2007 as a first-ever celebration of influential lawyers in Hollywood, has grown to become the most exclusive gathering of the industry's top legal minds.

“The entertainment legal community is one of the most powerful and interesting segments of Hollywood,” said THR editorial director Janice Min. “With the Power Lawyers issue, we’re excited to showcase that influence.”

Added THR publisher Lynne Segall: “THR’s Power Lawyers is a franchise that we’re very proud to have started 5 years ago. It’s the one time of the year that we showcase the important contributions and work that entertainment and media lawyers do on behalf of their clients. Throughout the year they work behind the scenes and prefer not to be in the limelight.”
At the event, THR will also bestow its annual Raising the Bar Studio Lawyer Award on Jonathan Anschell, executive vp and general counsel of CBS Television. The award, which is given annually to an in-house legal executive at a film or television studio who has distinguished himself or herself in the Hollywood community, will be presented at the breakfast by CBS Corp President/CEO Leslie Moonves.

"Jonathan is one of those rare studio lawyers who is respected in every corner the showbiz legal community," said Belloni. "He is a natural fit for this honor."  

THR's Power Lawyers event is presented by City National Bank.