Forget nine-figure overall deals and exec poaching fights. For the lawyers on Hollywood Reporter’s 14th annual power list, a war between writers and agents, collapsing theatrical windows and canceled productions amid a global pandemic are now just another day at the office.
Freedman & Taitelman
UNIV. OF THE PACIFIC McGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW
At the forefront of the burgeoning esports business, Freedman is representing Turner “Tfue” Tenney, a professional gamer and former member of organization FaZe Clan, in his ongoing dispute over an “oppressive” contract. “It’s the Wild West in some respects,” says Freedman. “Turner standing up for himself gives everyone else the pause to at least read their contracts closely.” Elsewhere he’s representing Gabrielle Union in her fight against America’s Got Talent over its alleged “racially insensitive” workplace, as well as Megyn Kelly and Jordan Belfort.