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Inaugural Variety500 2017 Honoree – Bryan Freedman

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Bryan Freedman


Freedman & Taitelman



Founding Partner

MARCH 20, 2017
Variety | Variety500

Attorney Bryan Freedman litigates for large and small Internet-based entertainment companies, motion picture and television companies, production companies, talent agencies, actors, personnel and business management firms, and others in the industry.

He represents UTA in the dispute over the controversial move of 13 CAA agents to the firm. In March 2016, he filed a suit against CBS on behalf of Rebel Entertainment to recoup commissions since 2010 from the reality television show “Judge Judy.” Other recent cases include his representation of Das Films in a breach of contract suit against Bliss Media involving the film “Smart Chase,” and of agency Gold Levin Talent in its suit against actor Jonathan Goldsmith (the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World”) for unpaid commissions.

He is representing Kate Porter, girlfriend of “The Simpsons” late co-creator Samuel Simon, in her suit against his estate to receive $5 million she alleges Simon promised to her before his death. Other clients include celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, actor Taryn Manning, the production company Benderspink (“The Butterfly Effect,” “The Hangover” trilogy) and talent agency Seven Summits Pictures & Management.

Freedman and his partner, Michael Taitelman, met while in law school at the University of California at Berkeley, and started their firm in 1997. An entertainment litigator since 1991, he has been a Southern California Super Lawyer for nine years running, and was named in Variety’s 2015 Legal Impact Report.



Freedman & Taitelman FREEDMAN & TAITELMAN


University of California–Berkeley (CA, USA)
University of the Pacific (CA, USA)


Dealmaker’s Impact
Variety Legal Impact


City of Hope
Gabriel’s Organization Funding All Renal Research
Antioch Youth Basketball Organization
Mater Dei High School


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?
“The moment that you will have a chance at success is when you stop waiting for others to do it for you.”

What or who inspires you?
“My beautiful wife Denise who is always full of compassion and searches for the gift in every situation while tirelessly taking care of and unconditionally loving and supporting two talented children and another grown child (me).”



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congratulations honoree

MARCH 09, 2017
Variety | Variety500

Dear Bryan J. Freedman,

It is our pleasure to welcome you as an inaugural Variety500 honoree for 2017. The Variety500 is an unranked international professional index of 500 business leaders shaping the global 600 billion dollar entertainment industry. Professionals are indexed based upon nominations received from the Variety editorial board, industry leaders, data and research.

In order to ensure that your profile is as robust as possible, we request that you please complete a few questions via the link below. If you would like to submit a preferred picture for your listing, please refer to the photo requirements section.

If you have any questions, please email the Variety500 team at

To ensure your answers can be incorporated into the Variety500 please respond no later than March 17, 2017


Claudia Eller
Andrew Wallenstein
Variety Co-Editors-in-Chief

Michelle Sobrino-Stearns
Group Publisher & Chief Revenue Officer, Variety


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