Douglas R. Stone

Doug Stone is the founding and managing partner of Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP (SGSBC).  In his 30 years of practicing law, he has represented talent, producers, and international and domestic production and distribution companies. Mr. Stone’s clients include talent such as Daniel Craig, Halle Berry, and multi-talented producers like Dean Devlin (Independence Day, Godzilla (1998), The Patriot).  The Hollywood Reporter named Mr. Stone one of the most powerful entertainment attorneys in 2007, 2008, and 2011.

Throughout his career, Mr. Stone has played an active role in the packaging, financing and exploitation of independent films.  He has helped secure and structure financing for multi-million dollar independent features including Kevin Spacey’s Beyond the Sea (2001) and Dean Devlin’s Flyboys (2006).  He has been instrumental in the filmmaking process – from development through distribution – on a number of films, holding Executive Producer credits on Buffalo Soldiers, Short Term 12, and upcoming titles The Wannabe and Ava’s Possessions. Mr. Stone is also on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and orchestrated the start of the festival’s Acquisitions Program in 2011.

Mr. Stone received a Bachelor of Science from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.  Mr. Stone began his law career with the law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, where he practiced in the firm’s Motion Picture and Television Department.