Ryan Murphy’s Veteran Lawyer Leaves Firm to Work for Mega Producer – The Hollywood Reporter | ET REALITY


Hollywood Power lawyer Craig Emanuel is leaving Paul Hastings to move in-house and work for his former client Ryan Murphy.

Emanuel, who has been a pillar in THRThe annual spotlight for top entertainment industry lawyers, he has also worked with the likes of Tom Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis, Julie Delpy, Robert Rodriguez, Luke Davies and Tony Gilroy, as well as companies such as MSG Entertainment (Madison Square Garden) and Animal Logic.

“While the decision to leave my clients and Paul Hastings has not been easy, knowing that they are in such good hands along with my colleagues has helped make the transition easier,” Emanuel said in a statement.

News of the decision to advise Murphy full-time began to spread in late August, and the firm confirmed the transition on Monday. “After practicing law for more than 42 years, Craig Emanuel, long-time partner and former global president of Paul Hastings’ Entertainment and Media group, is retiring from our firm to serve as counsel to his long-time client. , Ryan Murphy. ” reads the company statement. “We are excited about Craig and look forward to continuing to work with Craig’s clients, including a continued relationship with him and Ryan in this new capacity.”

This comes in the middle of a busy summer for the American horror story showrunner, which saw him move his overall deal from Netflix to Disney and launch a $500,000 strike support fund, as well as feud with a former Writers Guild of America strike captain over a since-deleted tweet alleging who was encouraging the team to cross. the picket (Murphy’s spokesperson called the tweet “absolute nonsense” and “categorically false.”)

In an interview for his 2018 Power Lawyers profile, Emanuel described helping Murphy jump from 20th Century Fox to Netflix in a record-breaking $300 million deal as monumental. “In your career, you get one, maybe two deals, if you’re lucky, that change the face of what you’ve done,” he said, “and there’s no doubt this was that deal.” Immanuel also did THRfrom the list of the best negotiators of that year in relation to his work on the mega-pact. With landscape change work under his belt, as well as agreements to Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story and ongoing series American horror story and Fief franchises, it’s not entirely surprising that the lawyer decided to focus on his work for the prolific creator and his Ryan Murphy Productions.

The lawyer, originally from Melbourne, Australia, joined Paul Hastings in 2018 when a group of entertainment partners left Loeb & Loeb. His philanthropic efforts include serving on the board of directors for two civil rights nonprofits, The Faith and Politics Institute and the March on Washington Film Festival, as well as working with the Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance and Creative Community for Peace. .

September 18, 5:35 p.m. Updated with confirmation from Paul Hastings and comments from Emanuel and the firm.

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