Variety named Richard S. Petretti, Matthew C. Thompson, and Annie C. Wallis to its 2020 “Dealmakers Impact Report.” The annual report honored the top negotiators, including lawyers, financiers, executives, and entrepreneurs, who have forged ahead amid difficult circumstances to “keep Hollywood humming.”
Richard, Matt, and Annie were recognized for representing The Raine Group in the launch of Thrill One Sports & Entertainment combining extreme sports outfits. Variety also praised Richard for representing JP Morgan and City National Bank, including in JP Morgan’s US$825 million syndicated secured credit facility for Regency Entertainment. Matt was lauded for advising Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia on their XFL football acquisition, Johnson on introducing his Teremana Tequila brand, the launch of TV production company T-Street, and representing Entertainment One’s management in the US$4 billion sale to Hasbro. Annie received commendation for representing film production and distribution company Neon Rated, including in connection with a major credit facility.