Kenny Christmas brings years of experience in entertainment deal-making to Del Shaw. From his positions at both production companies and law firms he has experienced many vantage points of crafting deals which gives him a unique perspective. The Stanford University and Yale Law School graduate recently worked at MarVista Entertainment where he served as the company’s Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs for the global independent studio that creates, acquires and distributes over 60 movies a year.
Christmas also worked at Lionsgate Television as the Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs where he worked as a deal maker in the fast-paced growing television division. In addition, he served as a business and legal consultant at The Tyra Banks Company and was the outside legal counsel for A&E Networks where he drafted, negotiated scripted series and long-form television agreements, including options/purchase, pilot/series and variety of talent agreements. He also partnered with Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) in a production company, negotiating and finalizing development, production and financing related agreements for various film and television projects.
His other jobs include General Counsel/Head of Business Affairs at Edmonds Entertainment where he was responsible for all aspects of a multi-dimensional production company, including labor issues, talent deals, TV production, independent film production and music activity. In addition, he worked at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, et. al. in Beverly Hills representing A-list talent in television, film and music, working closely with managers and agents negotiating innovative deals and drafting/negotiating long-form agreements. He started his career at O’Melveny & Meyers working with major studios, networks, production companies, entertainment lenders and bond companies in complex transactions that typically involved cutting edge business and legal strategies.
The San Jose native is a huge sports fan (the 49ers, Warriors and SF Giants) and has two children, Sophie and Casey, ages 13 and 16.