Jeff Konvitz J.D.
Jeffrey Konvitz is a leading entertainment lawyer, specializing in independent film and television financing, banking, production, and distribution. Mr. Konvitz has been legal counsel to commercial banks, hedge funds, completion guarantors, foreign distributors, bridge financiers, sales agents, production companies, and equity financiers. Mr. Konvitz has advised and structured over 100 successful Bridge, Mezzanine, Gap, and Subsidy Loan transactions over the course of his career, including multiple picture slate financings. Mr. Konvitz is also one of the only film finance lawyers who is also an experienced litigator. He is a member of the New York and California bars and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court in Los Angeles.
Concurrently with his law practice, Mr. Konvitz has served as executive producer on Cyborg 2 (starring Angeline Jolie) and Bloodsport II; developed and produced Disney’s Spy Hard (starring Leslie Nielsen), which generated more than $100,000,000 in box office receipts; and acted as financial advisor and executive producer on 2001 - A Space Travesty (starring Leslie Nielsen),
The Flock, starring Richard Gere and I Could Never Be your Woman, starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
Mr. Konvitz’s law practice has spanned most of the past 19 years with the two notable periods of exception. From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Konvitz was executive vice president of Communications and Entertainment Corp, a NASDAQ-listed company, and served as a board member and managing director of its operating subsidiary, Odyssey Entertainment, Inc. At Odyssey, Mr. Konvitz was involved in the sale and financing of over a dozen Films, including Sniper (starring Tom Berenger and Billy Zane), Q&A (starring Nick Nolte), Switch (starring Ellen Barkin), and 1492 (starring Girard Depardeiu). From 1988 through 1989, Mr. Konvitz was President of Kings Road Entertainment, a NASDAQ-listed company. At Kings Road, Mr. Konvitz oversaw the financing and production of Kickboxer (starring Jean Claude Van Damme), Jacknife (starring Robert DeNiro), Homer and Eddie (starring Whoopie Goldberg), and Blood and Heroes (starring Rutger Hauer) and structured its P&A revolver with HBO as well as its multiple complex bank facilities.
Prior to initiating his law practice, Mr. Konvitz was an author, screenwriter, and
producer. He wrote three best-selling novels, including the #1 best seller, The Sentinel, which he also produced for Universal Pictures. He wrote and produced three motion pictures for Cannon, HBO and AIP/Filmways and sold screenplays to Clint Eastwood, among others. Mr. Konvitz was a production executive at MGM from 1972 to 1974 and began his career as an attorney/agent at ICM. Mr. Konvitz received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Columbia University.