CDAS Brings in Partner Laura Sher to Expand its Entertainment and Television Practice

Laura Sher

Laura Sher joined CDAS from Creative Artists Agency (CAA) on June 15 and brings 17 years of industry experience on all sides of the business to the representation of her clients in private practice.

In TV Business Affairs in New York at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), she worked across scripted, alternative, digital and international client groups to provide strategic business affairs advice and support, including advising agency clients on industry trends and market standards with respect to deal parameters and structures.

Blumhouse Television Co-Presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold comment, “Laura Sher has been instrumental in helping Blumhouse TV relaunch as a studio. She has a wide view of our strategic objectives and is a great strategic dealmaker and counselor.”

 IDW Entertainment President David Ozer comments, “I have known Laura for many years, and am thrilled to be working together in her new role. She is truly a gifted attorney with incredible industry knowledge and an eye towards deal making.”

Prior to CAA, Ms. Sher was Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Business Development at AMC Networks where she headed business and legal affairs for IFCTV, SundanceTV and BBC America.  She started her career in the Intellectual Property Group of O’Melveny & Myers, handling both transactional and litigation matters.

Ms. Sher says, “I’m delighted to be part of CDAS. Their ability to match a very high level of skill and experience with business-conscious client relations makes it a great platform for my re-entry into private practice.”

Susan Bodine, co-head of CDAS’s Entertainment practice explains, “With Laura’s addition, we are strategically expanding our entertainment practice to include significant additional expertise and relationships with key industry companies and players. Laura has sourced and negotiated numerous top level company-to-company strategic deals, and brings an incredible depth of knowledge of the issues and practices of today’s entertainment environment. We could not be more pleased that she has chosen to become a part of our firm.”

Other Recent Hires

Over the last three months, CDAS has also brought in partner Carole E. Handler and associate Brianna Dahlberg to expand its West Coast Litigation, Entertainment and IP practice. In New York, CDAS welcomed associates Kyle A. Brett, Lindsay R. Edelstein and Alison E. Bensimon.

Ms. Handler is a nationally recognized litigator on copyright, trademark, entertainment and antitrust cases. She has handled groundbreaking cases throughout her career, representing clients in the motion picture, telecom, fashion, sports and other industries on matters involving entertainment, copyright, competition, and new media. Her prior work includes representing clients in the motion picture sector in complex copyright and antitrust litigation. Widely known as “the lawyer who saved Spider-Man,” Ms. Handler represented Marvel Entertainment Company for over a decade in copyright and other litigation, and was responsible for the trial strategy that allowed Marvel to recover the motion picture rights to its iconic Spider-Man property.

Ms. Dahlberg is an associate who has worked with Ms. Handler since 2011 and has extensive trial and pretrial experience in entertainment, IP, and contractual matters.  Both Ms. Handler and Ms. Dahblerg join from Eisner Jaffe, which they joined from Lathrop & Gage.

Mr. Brett is a transactional associate practicing primarily in the areas of entertainment and corporate law. He was a previously a corporate associate in the New York Office of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he represented publicly traded and privately held companies including, Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds and investments banks in connection with various transactions. Mr.Brett has interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Legal Adviser, the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Ms. Edelstein is an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group. Prior to joining CDAS, she was a litigation associate in the New York office of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP, where she represented clients in commercial litigation matters in both federal and state courts.

Ms. Bensimon is an associate in the firm’s Entertainment practice group. She joins CDAS from New York office of Dembitzer & Dembitzer LLP where she was an entertainment associate and served as production counsel representing production companies for a number of unscripted television series.