Netflix’s announcement Monday that the streaming service had signed a deal with comedian Dave Chappelle to produce three standup specials was just the latest matter in an 11-year relationship between the comedian and his lawyer, Squire Patton Boggs partner Frederick Nance in Cleveland.
Nance, head of Squire Patton Boggs’ sports and entertainment group, was recently named U.S. managing partner of the firm, a role he will assume on Jan. 1, 2017. Earlier this month he was in New York negotiating the terms of Chappelle’s contract with Netflix, the terms of which were not disclosed. The deal, whose value the New York Post put at $60 million, calls for Chappelle to produce one original show and stream performances from an April 2015 at Austin City Limits Live in Texas and in March 2016 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
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