A press release announcing the deal with Raine states that Parker and Stone were also advised by their longtime lawyer Kevin Morris, a name partner at Los Angelesbased boutique Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner. (The firm has gone through several changes over the past few years, according to a report by sibling publication The National Law Journal.)
Morris, who is considered one of Hollywood's top entertainment lawyers, previously advised the South Park pair on their landmark advertising-sharing deal with Comedy Central several years ago and a 2011 agreement to extend cable's longest-running animated series through 2016. Morris is also listed as a coproducer for The Book of Mormon, which won Best Musical and eight other Tony Awards in 2011.
Schwab calls Morris a "brilliant strategist and visionary" in the entertainment industry, noting that he reconnected with Morris on this deal after the two used to play basketball together when they both attended New York University School of Law about 25 years ago. (Schwab was a year ahead of Morris in law school, so the pickup games frequently featured third-year students versus second-years.)
With the formation of Important Studios now behind them, Schwab says he and Morris have discussed cooperating on other future entertainment endeavors.