Crystal McCrary Anthony Author, Lawyer, Executive Producer for Film and TV While she was a young Associate in Entertainment Law at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton &
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, Mar 11 11:46 AM
Crystal McCrary Anthony
Author, Lawyer, Executive Producer for Film and TV
While she was a young Associate in Entertainment Law at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Crystal McCrary Anthony had an unfinished novel stashed in her desk drawer.
She'd work on it late at night or on weekends, never showing it to anybody.
"There are 10 lawyers in my family. I always knew law was an option," says Ms. McCrary Anthony. "But being a writer? I wasn't so sure."
So she represented authors and playwrights in their contract negotiations, secretly thinking she'd rather be a client.
In 1997, she finally quit law to become a full-time writer.
Her first novel, Homecourt Advantage-- about the wives and girlfriends of NBA stars--became a New York Times best seller. She'd had a bird's-eye view of the subject, since she was married to basketball player Greg Anthony. After her divorce, the mother of two shifted into high gear, landing appearances on CNN, Court TV and Fox News Channel as a legal analyst during high-profile NBA adultery cases.
"I knew I wanted to go from author to on-air personality to movie producer," Ms. McCrary Anthony says. "You need to diversify."
"She's a baby mogul in training, no doubt about it," says Nathan Hale Williams, president of production company In-Hale Entertainment and Ms. McCrary Anthony's producing partner.
Ms. McCrary Anthony unabashedly admits that she hopes to have her own talk show one day.