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Craig Emanuel

Craig A. Emanuel

Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office; Chair, Entertainment; Chair, Talent
Los Angeles
T: 310.282.2262 | F: 310.919.3983


Craig Emanuel's practice includes representation of high level writers, directors, actors, producers and production companies in all aspects of motion picture and television transactions, both at the studio and independent levels. Mr. Emanuel is also involved in the negotiation of strategic distribution relationships with the major studios including licensing of digital media content. Mr. Emanuel has a background in representing European banks in film finance transactions and has experience in the structuring and sale of international co-productions.

Mr. Emanuel’s talent clients include Ryan Murphy, Tony Gilroy, Robert Rodriguez, Gabriele Muccino, Iain Softley, Peter Chelsom, Russell Mulcahy, Alex Proyas, Stephan Elliott, Julie Delpy, Vanessa Marcil and Paul Hogan. His producer clients include Cathy Schulman, Anthony Bregman and Don Murphy. He has also been involved in the structuring and sale of a large number of independent films on behalf of both talent and producer clients.

Mr. Emanuel counsels advertisers and other media clients on a variety of issues and transactions ranging from sponsorship agreements, media and celebrity placement agreements to matters related to branded entertainment.

In addition, Mr. Emanuel serves as an appointed ambassador of ScreenSingapore, a cultural organization aimed at providing a platform for the film industry in Asia. He is frequently asked to speak at film festivals and entertainment industry-specific events, which have previously included the Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium and the Women in Film and Television Summit. Mr. Emanuel was previously a moderator at the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in Abu Dhabi and at the Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles.