PRACTICE AREAS

Neil Sacker's 24 years of experience in the entertainment industry encompasses a wide range of matters across multiple disciplines including business and legal affairs, finance  and operations, development and production, acquisitions and digital distribution.

The first half of Mr. Sacker's career was spent as a business & legal affairs executive.  He was first employed as senior theatrical counsel at Warner Bros. Studio in 1991, where he negotiated and drafted writer, director, producer and actor agreements, handled complex rights matters and oversaw production legal issues for numerous pictures.

Mr. Sacker then joined Miramax films reporting to Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and became one of the youngest executives to ever run the business & legal affairs department at a major or mini-major studio. His job entailed overseeing all aspects of business and legal affairs and litigation from 1995 to 1999 covering more than 75 films, including "Scream," "Good Will Hunting" and "The English Patient," as well as the acquisition of rights to the "Lord of the Rings" franchise.

After Miramax, Mr. Sacker served as Chief Operating Officer of the Yari Film Group, the producer/financier of the Best Picture Academy Award-winner "Crash," "The Illusionist" starring Edward Norton and Jessica Biel, "The Painted Veil" starring Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, "Prime" starring Meryl Streep, in addition to 15 others. During his tenure, Mr. Sacker was responsible for all of the company’s operations including both business and legal affairs and production in building the organization from inception.

Mr. Sacker then assumed the role of President of The Film Department where, together with CEO Mark Gill, he oversaw all areas of the business – development, production, business & legal affairs, finance and international sales. The Film Department financed and produced the hit film "Law Abiding Citizen" starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, "The Rebound" starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and "A Little Bit of Heaven" starring Kate Hudson.

Prior to joining Stroock,  Mr. Sacker served as President of Big Air Studios, an innovative new motion picture marketing and distribution company.


MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board of Directors, "I Have A Dream" Foundation

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

California


EDUCATION

J.D., Yale Law School, 1986

B.A., magna cum laude, Cornell University, 1983