Steve Marenberg '80 Named One of Hollywood Reporter's Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Irell & Manella
University of Chicago Law School
Why he matters: An intellectual property expert, Marenberg has represented Paramount, NBCUniversal, Pixar, MTV and Mark Burnett, among others. He negotiated for Disney with third parties over rights disputes following the sale of Miramax. He currently represents Warner Bros. in a top-secret profit-participation case and represents Alvin and the Chipmunks owner Bagdasarian Productions in a nasty case against 20th Century Fox over authorship of the script for 2009's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
Key case: On New Year's Eve, he settled a big $100 million case for Universal Music Group against its former partner NBCUniversal over a 2008 fire on the Universal lot that destroyed master recordings. "The question is, what is a master recording in the digital era?" saysMarenberg. "Presumably, anything out there is on CD, so you have a digital file, yet the analog master is still very valuable because it is what will be used to make a new copy."