LawFuel.com – Entertainment & Media Law – Entertainment Law Firm Announces Addition of Three Attorneys to its Letterhead, Resulting in the New Name, “Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner”
Los Angeles (February 16, 2010) — Entertainment Law Firm “Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine” announced today that it has added three long-time firm attorneys, David Krintzman, Todd Rubenstein and Alex Kohner to the firm’s masthead, which will now be “Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner.”
Founding partner Kevin Morris said, “Jared Levine, Stephen Barnes, Kevin Yorn and I are very proud today. The elevation of these three homegrown guys is well deserved and an important milestone in the history of our firm. It is also very fulfilling for each of us personally, since we’ve worked together as close friends for some time. We are looking to Dave, Todd and Alex to help lead the firm as we take the next steps into the fast-changing and opportunity-filled business of entertainment. And to continue the pursuit of our permanent objective: providing better service to our clients.”
Krintzman, Rubenstein and Kohner’s status on the front wave of the business is confirmed by a quick survey of end of the year movies. For example, David Krintzman represents Zoe Saldana who is the female lead in “Avatar,” winner of 2 Golden Globes and nominated for 9 Academy Awards the highest grossing film of all time. Todd Rubenstein represents Anna Kendrick, an Academy-Award and Golden Globe nominee, who stars in “Up in the Air,” one of the most acclaimed films of 2009. And Alex Kohner represents Chris Weitz who directed the Twilight’s sequel, “New Moon”, which set the all time record for first day box-office and went on to become a global mega hit.
David Krintzman joined the firm as its first associate in 1995. David represents actors, writers, directors and producers in film and television. He works on behalf of many of the firm’s most prominent clients including Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson and South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In addition, David has cultivated an eclectic list of clients such as Australian actor Liam Hemsworth who stars with Miley Cyrus in Disney’s upcoming “The Last Song,” author James Frey (Bright Shiny Morning, A Million Little Pieces), producers Art and John Linson (“Into The Wild,” “Sons of Anarchy”) whose film “The Runaways” will be released in March and toy company, Spin Master, which has a film based on the company’s hit toy, “Bakugan,” set up at Universal.
Todd Rubenstein joined the firm in 1998 and has had tremendous success bringing in new and emerging talent and has been instrumental in expanding the firm’s practice into on-line media and branding. Rubenstein pioneered the emergence of media personality Perez Hilton as ever-present innovator in celebrity reporting. Hilton has become a global brand extending into all forms of media. Rubenstein also represents Academy Award-nominee Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air,”), Jackie Earle Haley(“Little Children”, “Nightmare on Elm Street,””Shutter Island”); Maggie Grace (“Taken,” “Knight and Day”), Victor Rasuk (“How to Make It in America”), actor/comedian Mike Epps (“The Hangover”), author Bryan Burroughs (Public Enemies), and actors such as Harvey Keitel, Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”), Annalynne McCord (“90210”), and Kyle Bornheimer (“Worst Week”). His other clients include the DGA-Award winning director, Jason Winer (“Modern Family”, “Arthur”), writer Jeremy Garelick (“The Break Up,” “The Hangover”), Anders and Morris (“Hot Tub Time Machine”, “She’s Not That Into You”) and director Peter Sollett (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”). He continues to work with many of the firm’s long-term clients including Minnie Driver and Chris Rock.
Additionally, his accomplishments include the brokering of multi-million dollar spec sales, representing and renegotiating cast deals on “The Sopranos,” and being published in Filmmaker Magazine for his expertise in optioning book rights. Rubenstein is actively involved in InsideOUT Writers, a non-profit creative writing program for incarcerated youth, and is on the board of directors for Jail Guitar Doors, a non-profit focusing on rehabilitation through music and the arts.
Alex Kohner joined the firm in 2002 and is experienced in all facets of the motion picture and television industry. His clients include actors John Cho (“Star Trek,” “Flash Forward”) and Heather Graham (“The Hangover”), filmmakers Uli Edel (Academy Award nominated “Der Baader Meinhof Komplex”), Michael and Mark Polish (“The Astronaut Farmer”), and Academy-Award nominees Paul and Chris Weitz (“American Pie,” “About a Boy,” “New Moon,” “Little Fockers”), screenwriters Pete Chiarelli (“The Proposal”) and Kelley Sane(“Rendition”), and television writer/producers David Wilcox (“Law and Order,” “Fringe”) and Charles Murray (“V”). From the outset of his career at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, Kohner has also developed extensive expertise in book publishing and represents numerous authors including New York Times Bestsellers Lisi Harrison (The Clique series), Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods series), and Evan Wright (Generation Kill). Kohner has also negotiated publishing deals for many of the firm’s high-profile clients including Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Artie Lange, Zach Galifianakis, Jeff Garlin, Tony Hawk and Anthony Zuiker.
Co-Managing Partner Kevin Yorn said, “All three of these guys are fantastic partners and such accomplished attorneys. The firm has been so lucky to have them over the years and I am excited to move into the future with Dave, Todd and Alex. It is all the more gratifying since we have all been very close friends for years.”
“Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner” is a thriving entertainment law firm specializing in the practice areas of film, television, marketing and promotion, technology, new media and entertainment finance. Well known for its emphasis in talent-based representation, the Firm has successfully blended its legal expertise with real-life problem-solving to become a force in the entertainment business. Founded in 1995, the firm’s practice has grown rapidly in both size and reputation. It has achieved enormous success by working closely with its clients’ entire professional team in formulating and implementing remarkable long-term business and financial strategies. By merging an aggressive deal-making philosophy with an innovative approach to firm management, MYBLKR&K has emerged as the leading entertainment law firm of the next generation of Hollywood.
The Firm’s clients cover the entertainment spectrum and include respected actors, writers, directors, comedians, authors, prominent brands, production companies, technology start-ups, financial institutions and several Fortune 500 corporations. The client list includes South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Ellen DeGeneres, CSI Creator Anthony Zuiker, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Rock, Katherine Heigl, and Tony Hawk.