She's known as a tough-as-nails litigator. But does Carol Genis have the skills to run Relativity Media's day-to-day legal, business, and financial affairs -- and possibly persuade investors that the independent studio might be a safe place to sink their cash? Genis will have a chance to prove what she can do now that Relativity has named her Managing Director, a new position where she'll report to CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and President Tucker Tooley. Relativity declined to identify her direct reports and/or her corporate peers, except to say that they will be "other senior executives in the company."
With the appointment, Genis left K&L Gates, the Chicago-based law firm where she worked for the last 20+ years and represented Relativity in multiple cases. Kavanaugh says that her "experience and insight will prove vital as we prepare for an IPO."
Genis was part of the legal team that successfully defended Relativity this year from a defamation suit by a Native American group against the film Out Of The Furnace, which starred Christian Bale. In 2012 Genis fired a tough letter to The New Yorker calling Connie Bruck's profile of Kavanaugh "false and malicious." The previous year, Genis blasted lawyer Bert Fields when he represented The Weinstein Co in a dispute over whether Relativity was obligated to distribute The Crow.