Senior Lecturing Fellow
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Durham, NC 27708-0360
Sarah Vacchiano is an entertainment lawyer based in New York City. A graduate of Duke Law School, she began her legal career at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she worked primarily on entertainment litigation and white-collar defense matters, including the representation of Molly Bloom, the subject of the Oscar-nominated biopic “Molly’s Game,” written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.
In 2016, Vacchiano went to work in-house for FilmNation Entertainment, a leading independent film company that the LA Times called “the emerging Oscar powerhouse you’ve never heard of.” She has negotiated deals for films and television series such as “The Big Sick,” directed by Michael Showalter; Tom Hanks’ upcoming film “Greyhound”; Oscar-winner Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria Bell,” starring Julianne Moore; the Sundance hit “Late Night” starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson; the upcoming HBO limited series “I Know This Much is True” based on Wally Lamb’s bestselling novel and starring Mark Ruffalo; and the upcoming limited series “The House of the Spirits” based on Isabel Allende’s bestselling novel.
Vacchiano has been a frequent guest lecturer for the Entertainment Law class at Duke Law. She also served as a board member of the Duke Law Alumni Association from 2016 through 2019.