Freedman & Taitelman
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Why he matters: No litigator in Hollywood keeps better tabs on the talent agency world than Freedman. He represented UTA in a dispute with Barry Sonnenfeld over commissions on the director’s 2010 agreement to direct Men in Black III and recently sued ex-UTA client Donald Faison for commissions. And he’s repping Christopher Nolan in a dispute over whether CAA or WME is entitled to commissions from The Dark Knight Rises because Nolan fired the former to join the latter before the movie came out. Next, he’s going up against producer Joe Roth over credit and backend ownership on the FX series Anger Management.
Key case: Freedman also represented TV Line’s parent in a law- suit against THR’s owner over website coding (it settled). He jokes, “You know I must be good because I sued The Hollywood Reporter and still made the list!”