Neil Sacker is a partner in Manatt Entertainment, where he serves as both counsel and strategic business advisor to producers, financiers and companies in film, television, podcasting and digital. Neil’s clients include a mix of larger established companies and innovative new companies throughout the world.
Neil is also a member of the firm’s media consulting group. In this capacity, Neil works with prominent emerging companies in the entertainment sector to help them execute their growth strategies. This includes, for example, developing business plans, launching new ventures, assisting in capital raises and facilitating collaborations with industry players. His past clients include social video platform Triller and leading podcasting network Kast Media. For some of his clients, Neil also acts as an outsourced chief operating officer (COO).
In the motion picture and television areas, Neil represents prominent producers and production companies, top independent film and television financiers, and intellectual property companies. He is a trusted counsel in the negotiation and drafting of financing agreements, rights agreements, talent agreements, sales agency agreements, and theatrical and streaming distribution agreements. Some of the recent films he’s worked on are Midway, Palm Springs, The Secret and The Starling.
After beginning his legal career as senior theatrical counsel at Warner Bros., Neil served as executive vice president and head of business and legal affairs for Miramax Films and Dimension Films. At Miramax, he worked on more than 75 films, including Scream, Good Will Hunting and The English Patient, and was responsible for acquiring the rights to the Lord of the Rings franchise.
Neil then served as COO at the Yari Film Group, which produced and financed films such as the Academy Award-winning Crash, The Illusionist, The Matador, The Painted Veil and Prime. He then became president of the independent movie production, finance and international sales company The Film Department, where he had responsibility for overseeing development, production, business and legal affairs; finance; and international sales.
Before joining Manatt, Neil held positions at two other prominent law firms.