David Garfinkle is the Tony-award winning producer, co-founder and CEO of Hello Entertainment and the exclusive theatrical liaison for Amuse, Inc., a major Japanese Entertainment conglomerate. David was also the founder and Managing Partner of The Entertainment & Intellectual Property Group law firm (“EIP”), concentrating in theater, film, television, music, publishing, and technology. EIP clients included Oprah Winfrey and OWN, Paramount Pictures, E! Entertainment Television, and the Telepictures division of Warner Brothers. EIP/David served! as production counsel on numerous film, television and theatrical productions. David has produced several acclaimed and award-winning Broadway shows, including A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical), ON THE TOWN (Tony Award Nominee for Best Revival; Astaire Award Winner Best Choreographer and Male Lead), GHOST THE MUSICAL (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design; Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Lighting Design; three Tony award nominations; five Olivier Nominations including Best Musical; Drama League Nomination for Best Musical), SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK (two Tony and four Outer Critics award nominations), KING KONG (special Tony Award for Puppetry) and THE REALISTIC JONESES (Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble). David was also a lead producer of THE IMMIGRANT (Drama Desk nominati! ons for Best Book, Orchestrations), ANNE AND EMMETT (co-produced with former Secretary of Defense William Cohen) and three-time Tony-Award winner Hinton Battle’s live stage productions of LOVE LIES AND HINTON BATTLE: LARGELY LIVE. David also produced IN TRANSIT on Broadway and AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE at the Joyce Theater in New York. Among other positions, David has served as Adjunct Professor with Duke University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Duke's Leadership in the Arts Semester in New York City and Columbia College Film School. He is a mentor for StudioDuke, has sat on the Boards of the Chicago International Film Festival, the Broadway Theater Institute, The New York Musical Theater Festival and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and is prior chair of the Entertainment Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.
Senior Lecturing Fellow