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Sam Kozhaya


EVP of Operations and Corporate Development – Legendary Entertainment

Sam Kozhaya joined Legendary Entertainment in January 2018 as the studio’s Executive Vice President of Operations and Corporate Development. Sam Kozhaya oversees all strategic opportunities and M&A for Legendary and helps manage operations for Legendary’s global TV division. Sam also manages Legendary’s joint ventures and Legendary’s digital platform, Nerdist.

Prior to Legendary, Sam was a media and entertainment lawyer at Irell & Manella LLP focusing on M&A and corporate finance. Sam helped broker some of entertainment’s most innovative deals for studios, private equity funds, sovereign funds, and other clients.

Variety featured Sam as a leading entertainment dealmaker, and he was named as a top lawyer under 40 by Law360. Sam was also named as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers from 2004-2015.