September 28, 2017
Joel A. Katz, Chairman of the firm’s Global Entertainment and Media Practice, and Daniel H. Black, Chairman of the West Coast Entertainment and Media Practice, of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, have been named to Variety’s inaugural “Variety500” list of business leaders.
According to Variety, the unranked international professional index lists business leaders shaping the global $600 billion entertainment industry. The list is compiled based on nominations from the publication’s editorial board, industry leaders, data, and other research.
Katz is recognized as a top entertainment lawyer “who top artists want at the negotiation table,” according to the list. Katz has been ranked Billboard magazine’s number-one entertainment attorney in its ‘Power 100’ list of most powerful executives in the music business, and has been called “the dealmaker who thinks outside the box.” The world’s most famous entertainers place their trust in him to craft the breakthrough deals that boost their careers, cultivate their talents, and safeguard their assets. His star-studded client roster includes music industry legends from an array of genres, as well as music producers, record companies, concert promoters, and corporate heavy hitters.
Black is widely recognized for his ability to navigate easily on the cutting edge of media as well as the traditional entertainment business. Black has broad experience in the television, motion picture, and digital media arenas, having practiced law both in the major studio and law firm settings. He has served as lead counsel on numerous transactions with the major motion picture studios and television networks, in addition to major internet content producing, licensing, and advertising entities.
His clients include production and distribution, internet, video game, and augmented…