Sunday, May 26, 2024

Jimmy Fallon Ready for the Big Time: Hires McCartney Lawyer, Billy Joel Publicist


Jimmy Fallon is getting ready for the big time. The star of “Late Night” will move to the “Tonight” show starting next February. So the former “Saturday Night Live” player is upping his game considerably. I’m told Fallon has hired Lee Eastman and his father, John, of the famed Eastman and Eastman firm. John Eastman, whose late sister Linda was married to Paul McCartney until her tragic death in 1998, has been representing the Beatle since before the group broke up in 1970.

John Eastman’s late father, the first Lee Eastman, was considered a genius for buying up song catalogs. The Eastmans are considered the creme de la creme in the cut throat music business. They rescued Billy Joel from some dire circumstances years ago, as well. Fallon has also picked up Claire Mercuri, Joel’s long time rep as his new publicist. Now with the right people in place, Fallon looks unstoppable as he tunes up his guitar for a winter re-birth. If you can tell, I am a huge of Fallon’s show. It’s smart and sophisticated while stillĀ  reaching a mass audience. And the guy isn’t even 40 yet.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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