July 19, 2012
By National Bar Association
Acknowledging his reputation as a trailblazer among Hollywood entertainment lawyers, Darrell D. Miller, co-chair of Fox Rothschild’s coast-to-coast Entertainment Law Practice, has been named the 2012 Entertainment Attorney of the Year by the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges.
Miller, consistently named in the Top 50 Showbiz Players by Black Enterprise Magazine, received the recognition July 16 during the Association’s 87th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With more than 20 years of experience in entertainment law, Miller has established himself as the go-to person for providing celebrities, athletes and others in the industry with guidance toward formulating solid and informed strategies for career growth. He is able to assist clients in monetizing and protecting their brands, building multiple revenue streams and leveraging new technology and social networking to expand their brands.
Miller has been touted for his “Seven Streams of Income” wealth building strategy, which he formulated by examining the earning habits of the extremely wealthy. The Atlanta Post called the theory “a revolutionary concept that forever changed the thinking – and financial portfolios – of his clients and, ultimately, the general public.”
A former professional singer, Miller has a deep personal understanding of the creative people and companies he represents as well as the knowledge and savvy of a seasoned entertainment attorney. His forward-thinking vision on expanding celebrity brands to generate multi-streams of income has helped shape the careers of many of his clients.
During his career, Miller has cultivated long-standing relationships with numerous studio executives and creative personnel, including artists, writers, directors and producers associated with a variety of television programs and motion pictures such as “NCIS,” “Southland,” “Law & Order,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Entourage,” “In Plain Sight,” “Boondocks,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Shark Tank,” “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Mary Mary TV Series,” “Jumping The Broom,” “Green Lantern,” “Fast and Furious 5,” “Couples Retreat” and Academy Award-Winner “Crash.” His clients include Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated stars.
Miller has a transactional law practice, with an emphasis on the motion picture, television, music, theatre and new media industries. He has aided and assisted clients in all areas of entertainment law, including motion pictures, television, music, theatre, new media, live-stage events, touring, literary property, licensing agreements, co-productions, partnerships, incorporations, merchandising, intellectual property, syndication, literary book publishing, executive employment agreements, development agreements, productions agreements and distribution agreements.
Miller is a member of the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association Hall of Fame and is frequently tapped by journalists for his insight into current entertainment industry trends. The Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Los Angeles Daily Journal, The Atlanta Post, CNN.com, ESPN.com and MSNBC.com regularly approach him for commentary on topics ranging from the Oscar race and the recession’s impact on stars to international recording artists and movie stars and legal issues inherent in the industry.
Miller was recently honored by the Foundation for Second Chances (FFSC) with its 2011 Service in Entertainment Leadership Award for his reputation as an entertainment attorney as well as for his philanthropic involvement with art institutions such as the Pasadena Playhouse, where he is a member of the Diversity Committee.
He also serves on the Air Force Entertainment Liaison Board and is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association (Section Member, Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries), Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (Past Chair of the Board of Directors, President and Executive Committee Member) and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Past Member Board of Governors and Executive Committee and Past Chair of Membership and Diversity Committees). He is also a frequent panelist and guest moderator of discussions relating to both the talent and institutional aspects of entertainment law.