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Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2014

Author(s): Kenneth M. Kaufman, Howard Siegel
Practice Area: Communications/Telecommunications Law, Intellectual Property
Published: Mar 2014
PLI Item #: 50877
CHB Spine #: G1173, G1174

Kenneth M. Kaufman is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  His practice focuses on entertainment and media law, copyright, content and music licensing, digital media, and sports law.  He represents a wide range of clients including television networks and distributors, international media and publishing companies, video producers, music publishers, digital media and technology companies, telecommunications companies, photographers, visual artists, copyright licensing companies, Broadway theatre producers, private equity firms, foundations, composers, recording artists and authors.

Ken is a recognized authority in the fields of entertainment law and copyright.  He was named the 2014 Washington, D.C. Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, where he is also listed in the practice areas of entertainment law-motion pictures and television, entertainment law-music, and intellectual property litigation.  He has also been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Lawyers, and The Legal 500 United States.

Ken has extensive experience as both in-house and outside counsel in the entertainment and communications industries.  Immediately prior to joining Manatt, he was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Showtime Networks Inc. in New York; as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel of PolyGram Records, Inc. in New York; and as General Counsel of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  In two of those positions, he was the first in-house attorney and organized the in-house legal department.  Previously he served as Assistant Counsel of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.

In addition to his law practice, Ken is a 2016 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.  He has also served as a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he taught a course on entertainment law, copyright and Internet law for several years, and as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School, teaching a course on copyright law.

Ken is a frequent lecturer for the Practising Law Institute and serves as Co-Chair of PLI’s annual conference on Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry.  He also speaks on copyright and content licensing at the annual PLI Advanced Licensing Agreements conference and serves on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and on the Planning Committee for the annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference.  In addition, he teaches an annual course on copyright law and litigation for the D.C. Bar, is a member of the Board of Directors of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and has served as a Trustee and Chair of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.  He is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Yale Law School (where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal), and is admitted to practice in New York, California and the District of Columbia.

Howard Siegel is a senior partner in Pryor Cashman's Entertainment Group. He has more than 40 years experience in representing clients in all aspects of the entertainment business, with a particular emphasis on the music industry, during which time he has served as counsel to many of the industry’s most prominent recording artists, songwriters, producers, managers, and executives.

Mr. Siegel has also been involved in a number of music publishing company sales and acquisitions, as well as having advised on a variety of transactions involving the sale and purchase of master recordings and other entertainment-related assets.

Mr. Siegel is the former Chair of the Section on Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law of the New York State Bar Association, former Chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on the Music and Recording Industry, and an Associate Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Siegel is a frequent lecturer for the Practicing Law Institute and serves as Co-Chair of PLI’s Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry. He is also a speaker for the New York Law Journal Seminar Press and the Continuing Legal Education Seminars of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Siegel served as judicial clerk at the New York State Court of Appeals from 1970 to 1972. He is an adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School and a member of the Editorial Board of Entertainment Law and Finance and of Multimedia Web Strategist, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the nationally distributed book Entertainment Law, currently in its fourth edition, and author of several articles dealing with the entertainment, music and copyright practice.

Every year since 2007, Mr. Siegel has been designated as one of the “Super Lawyers” – a ranking of the top 5% of all attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area. He also has been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 100 “Power Lawyers” in the entertainment industry as well as being named one of the "Top Media and Entertainment Lawyers" by Chambers USA for several years.

Mr. Siegel is a member of the New York, Nevada and California Bars and a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law where he was Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Law Review (1970) and a member of the Moot Court Board (1969-70).