Hal “Corky”Kessler

Legal – Co-Executive Producer (MegaBall$)

(Olson & Cepuritis, Ltd.) Corky has extensive experience in the entertainment industry on a worldwide basis. Corky regularly speaks on the business and legal aspects of feature film development, including tax incentives.  He has participated in seminars and conducted speaking engagements throughout the United States and Canada on legal issues impacting the entertainment industry. He has been a lead speaker for many years at various film festivals throughout the country, including the Sundance Film Festival, where he has conducted seminars on “Funding” and “Legal and Business Pitfalls, Screenplays through Distribution.” Corky has been the attorney on numerous film projects across the country. He has represented and served as executive producer on feature films and theatre projects, including:

The Sum of Us starring Russell Crowe (winner of the Australian Academy Award for Best Film);  Certifiably Jonathan starring Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Rob Reiner, Nora Dunn, Jimmy Kimmel, Jim Carrey, Sara Silverman and others; Driving Miss Daisy (A Joseph-Jefferson Winner); Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de LuneSteel MagnoliasShirley Valentine.

Corky is currently working on 38 film projects for Plantation Village Studio. He is also working as attorney and co-executive producer for a film entitled Miles & Me, which is the Miles Davis story to be produced by Rudy Langlais. 

Corky teaches entertainment law as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Law School and John Marshall Law School. He previously developed a syllabus for and taught a similar course at Columbia College in its Film Department. He has also written articles for Screen Magazine and other film and entertainment periodicals.

He has successfully worked with governors and United States Congressmen in several states to implement new laws and federal tax incentives for investments in qualifying film and television projects, which led to Sections 181 and 199 of The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 and its 2008 extension and amendment. Corky has also authored a reference book covering federal and state tax incentives for films. He is currently with Olson & Cepuritis, Ltd, a firm that specializes in intellectual properties.

Education:  John Marshall Law School, J.D. summa cum laude, 1974; Ohio State University, B.S./B.A.; Admissions: Illinois, United States District Court, N.D. Illinois United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit; Associations: American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association.