Craig Emanuel is the chair of the firm’s global Entertainment and Media practice and is based in the Century City office. He is a seasoned entertainment lawyer and is widely recognized in the industry as an innovative dealmaker and efficient problem-solver. Having been involved in the production, development, and distribution of hundreds of motion picture and television projects, Mr. Emanuel has built his career by bringing together the right artists and business partners to translate creative vision into on-screen reality.
Mr. Emanuel works with high-level writers, directors, actors, producers, and production companies to navigate studio and independent film, television, and digital opportunities in an evolving entertainment landscape. In addition to negotiating top-tier talent agreements, he handles domestic and international transactions across all platforms, helping to create strategic alliances for clients by advising them on complex digital media content licensing arrangements, as well as on film and television investments. His diverse experience also includes the creation and launch of a new television network and work with advertisers and media clients on branded entertainment projects.
Clients value Mr. Emanuel’s hands-on approach, calm and composed nature, and dedication to finding a solution to any conflict. His dealmaking has been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers Top 100” list, Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report,” Chambers USA, and other industry trade publications and legal directories. Mr. Emanuel’s approach and dedication extend beyond his legal career to his role on the advisory board of Chrysalis, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the resources and support needed for homeless and low-income individuals to find and retain employment.
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2018
May 11, 2018
Paul Hastings Expands Entertainment and Media Practice with Addition of Five Preeminent Entertainment Partners and Opening of Office in Century City
March 20, 2018
Recognized in Variety's Dealmakers Impact Report
The firm’s Century City-based Entertainment and Media practice was recognized in Variety's 2018 Dealmakers Impact Report. The magazine’s annual list noted the team's comprehensive practice working in M&A, finance and capital-raising, and talent representing entertainment as well as tech clients. Paul Hastings partners noted for 2018 include Craig Emanuel, David Hernand, Erik Hyman, Mickey Mayerson, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams.
December 07, 2018
Recognized as a Top 20 Dealmaker by The Hollywood Reporter
Craig Emanuel was recognized among the year's Top 20 Dealmakers by The Hollywood Reporter.
Craig was noted for representing screenwriter and director Ryan Murphy in his move from Fox to Netflix, as well as See-Saw Films’ development and production deal with New Regency. Paul Hastings partner Susan Williams was also recognized among THR's Top 20 Dealmakers.
November 30, 2018
Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
Chambers USA 2018: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 45 research areas and named 112 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 15, 2018
Recognized in Variety's Legal Impact Report
The Firm’s Century City-based Entertainment and Media practice was recognized in Variety's 2018 Legal Impact Report. The magazine’s annual list spotlights the top in-house attorneys, litigators, and transactional lawyers in the entertainment business. Paul Hastings partners noted for 2018 include Craig Emanuel, David Hernand, Erik Hyman, Mickey Mayerson, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams.
April 18, 2018
Recognized in The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers 2018
The Firm’s Century City-based Entertainment and Media practice was recognized in The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers 2018 list, which celebrated the Top 100 lawyers in media and entertainment. The magazine’s annual list recognizes the most influential attorneys in entertainment and media. Paul Hastings partners noted for 2018 include Craig Emanuel, Mickey Mayerson, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams.
April 03, 2018