Darrell Miller is a singer, dancer, musician and lawyer who credits faith and work ethic for his success. As the first in his family to attend college, he found support from his school counselor, family and community. The reasoning behind his decision to become a lawyer and the path he took to get there is inspirational. In this episode of BS: Beyond Stereotypes, Darrell shares with Merle Vaughn what it was like to be a working actor, his motivation for going to law school and how his new fame as the Hollywood meme #sendittodarrell explains his empathic style as an entertainment lawyer.
A prominent entertainment lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in entertainment law, Darrell Miller focuses his practice on transactional law with an emphasis on the motion picture, television, music, theater and multimedia industries. As a testament to his effective brand-building strategies, Darrell is consistently listed among Hollywood’s top dealmakers by national industry publications such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Darrell launched his own private practice in 1996, where he served as production counsel on television, cable, and film projects. The firm expanded to Miller & Pliakas LLP in 2001, in which Darrell was a partner and co-founder. Darrell began his legal career with the national law firm Lord Bissell and Brook, where his practice included litigation and general corporate law, representing domestic and international companies, business executives, entertainment production companies and performing artists.
Darrell served on the Cincinnati Children's Theatre Board of Directors and on the Air Force Entertainment Liaison Board. A jazz and classical music enthusiast, Darrell is a frequent panelist and guest moderator of discussions relating to both the talent and institutional aspects of entertainment law. Darrell’s book, The 16th Minute of Fame: An Insider's Guide for Maintaining Success Beyond 15 Minutes of Fame, was published in 2014, and subsequently led to Darrell’s nomination for the prestigious NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work—Debut Author.
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