Joshua B. Grode is the Chief Executive Officer of Legendary Entertainment, a leading media company based in Burbank, CA with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions with offices in Burbank, Calif., dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $14 billion worldwide at the box office.
Grode previously held the title of partner at the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Transactions Practice, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, including structured debt financings, day-to-day corporate governance matters, and transactions involving intellectual property across a wide range of industries. Throughout his law career, Grode regularly facilitated film, TV and video game financing and mergers and acquisitions, including representing and advising Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd. in the $3.5-billion purchase of Legendary Entertainment, developing the business plan and structuring the formation and capitalization of Summit Entertainment and its subsequent sale to Lionsgate, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issuance of $341 million of tax-exempt “Oscar Bonds” to finance the construction of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Colony Capital in its $600 million+ purchase of Miramax Films from Disney, the development of its library monetization strategy and its subsequent sale to beIn Sports, and Marvel Entertainment in the development and execution of its strategy to transform Marvel into a studio culminating in its $500-million senior and subordinated debt film financing.
Grode also sits on the Board of Directors of the Special Olympics of Southern California and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Village School.