Whistler Partners is pleased to announce the placement of Melanie Tomanov in Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz's Entertainment Group in their Los Angeles office. Tomanov’s clients include Matt Groening (The Simpsons), United Plankton Pictures (SpongeBob), and Legendary Entertainment, and she is regularly listed in Variety’s Legal Impact Report.
Melanie represents media and entertainment clients on a broad range of issues, including intellectual property, production, distribution, financing, licensing, merchandising, digital and mobile games, social media, and media law. She understands nearly every aspect of a Hollywood deal from development through financing, production, delivery, distribution, licensing, merchandising and beyond. Melanie helps clients exploit intellectual property, and has special expertise in the negotiation and structuring of sophisticated commercial licensing arrangements.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Melanie is joining us,” said Frankfurt Kurnit Entertainment Group co-chair Andrew Hurwitz. “Melanie is a leading entertainment attorney who will be a huge asset to our entertainment clients – particularly on animation projects – and her arrival marks a significant addition to our growing Los Angeles office.”
The placement was led by Josh Bilgrei, Managing Director at Whistler Partners, who said that "Frankfurt Kurnit has shown a continued commitment to strategic growth in Los Angeles with a real vision for the future. On top of that, they offer a premier entertainment platform at a full service law firm with an incredibly collegial culture.
"I'm lucky to have worked with Melanie and totally understand why clients trust her with their work: she's smart and effective but genuine and humble. This was a special deal where the law firm and client are mutually blessed. Frankfurt Kurnit is a natural fit and I couldn't be happier to have made the match."
Read more about the placement in Variety: https://variety.com/2023/biz/lawyers/melanie-tomanov-rep-for-creators-of-the-simpsons-and-spongebob-joins-law-firm-frankfurt-kurnit-matt-groening-legendary-entertainment-1235661053/