A noted entertainment attorney as well as an active film producer, Dan Satorius combines a rare understanding of both the business and creative sides of filmmaking. Satorius represented clients in the entertainment business for over 40 years prior to his retirement from the practice of law in 2022. His clients included Academy Award, Emmy Award, Independent Spirit Award, and Peabody Award winning independent producers, writers, and television stations in the film and television industry. He was frequently named to the annual list of “Super Lawyer” in Entertainment Law.
Satorius received a Masters of Arts in motion picture production from the University of Iowa, and his short narrative film, “Fear and Trembling” was a finalist for a Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Following law school he produced award winning documentaries and corporate communications projects while he pursued a career in law. He established a law firm specializing in music which included clients, Prince’s NPG (New Power Generation) Records, The Replacements, Soul Asylum, The Suburbs, and Semisonic among others. He subsequently expand into a broader range of entertainment work, and developed an extensive client roster in film and television.
Satorius has developed and produced a range of films including: “Twelve Thirty,” a dramatic feature-length motion picture written and directed by Jeff Lipsky, which was in competition at the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival and released January, 2010 to critical acclaim; “Varian and Putzi,” a documentary by the late Richard Kaplan about an American scholar who rescued a long list of Jewish artists and intellectuals from Vichy France; “The Starfish Throwers,” a documentary by Jesse Roesler about a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher who through their individual efforts to feed the poor helped to ignite a movement in the fight against hunger; “The Peacemaker,” a documentary by James Demo - an intimate portrait of international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley - who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. Satorius is currently in development on several feature-length projects.
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