Warner's Legal Team Boosts Smokler and Hale

Warner Bros. Pictures' legal team ups Sandra Smokler and Eileen Hale.

LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Warner Bros. Pictures has upped two members of its theatrical legal team.

Sandra Smokler has been promoted to senior VP/deputy general counsel, and Eileen Hale has been promoted from VP/associate general counsel to VP/deputy general counsel.

Smokler manages legal work pertaining to the development and production of feature films at Warner Bros. like "Mystic River," theatrical co-productions like "Gothika" and acquisitions like "Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines." In addition, Smokler supervises Warners' legal affairs with several of the studio's major term producers, including Silver Pictures, Clint Eastwood's Malpaso Prods. and Jerry Weintraub Prods. She reports to Pamela Kirsh, senior VP/general counsel of Warner theatrical legal.

Eileen HaleHale's responsibilities include overseeing and managing the legal work pertaining to development and production of feature films, specializing in tentpole films, including several produced outside the United States. These projects include the "Harry Potter" series as well as "Troy," "Batman Begins," "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" and "Syriana." She oversees terms deals for the studio including those with John Wells, Steven Soderbergh's and George Clooney's Section 8 and Chris Columbus' 1492 Prods. Hale also reports to Kirsh.

"We are extremely pleased to recognize the exceptional work that Sandra and Eileen have done at Warner Bros. Pictures," Kirsh said. "The legal issues surrounding film production and acquisition become more complex and demanding all the time, and we are increasingly dependent upon the expertise and judgment of our team to help take our movies from concept to reality. Sandra and Eileen are key components of that team, and their promotions reflect the high regard that they have earned in their field and at our studio."


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