Entertainment industry expert witness candidates typically have a background in intellectual property law, contract law or music law, and could have specific expertise in royalty rates arrangements or as a producer. An expert witness should not only have substantive expertise, but also possess the ability to explain evidence to a judge and jury. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may require an entertainment industry professional with prior expert witness testimony experience.
The entertainment industry encompasses many types of media including television, film, music, publishing, advertising, news media, and social media. Litigation support by an entertainment industry expert witness could include research, an expert report, expert opinion, expert testimony and/or trial testimony. An economic damages expert could be called upon to provide lost profits and damages estimates. In addition, a legal team may request an entertainment industry specialist for pre-litigation consulting work.
Cahn Litigation Services is often called on by law firms to identify specialists in various aspects of the entertainment industry, and has placed expert witnesses for a wide variety of entertainment issues including:
Representing the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation Services is skilled and experienced at identifying the ideal expert to support all types of entertainment industry matters.
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Entertainment Industry experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Entertainment Industry landscape.
This expert focuses on large scale event production and execution, nationwide. With many years' experience in the industry, this expert been associated with notable productions and venues. This expert's awards include those for innovation in entertainment, largest headliner event, best special event planning, and best place to work in entertainment. This expert has earned the designation of CSEP - Certified Special Events Professional. This expert is well-published including a book that has become a standard resource for the industry. This expert has also written or contributed to scores of articles for industry journals and magazines. This expert has some experience as an expert witness, having given a deposition but has never testified at trial.
This expert is a nationally recognized entertainment and IP law scholar, and an expert witness and consultant in copyright, trademark, right of publicity and entertainment contract cases. This expert has many years of experience teaching and practicing Entertainment Law, Copyright Law, Publicity Rights, and International Entertainment Law.
In addition to a consultancy, this expert is a professor teaching music law courses, including the topics of music revenue streams, the distinction between the composition copyright and the sound recording copyright, and the relationships between the players in the music industry (such as composers, performers, record labels, and music publishers). This expert holds a law degree, is a regular speaker speak at academic and law practitioner conferences, and is well-published in music copyright law.
This expert leads an entertainment law firm. For many years, this expert has represented some of the largest entertainment law transactions in history. This expert's client list is a who's who in the entertainment industry from Hip Hop Grammy Award winners to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members.
This expert transformed a practice from litigation to purely transactional, specializing in complex publishing agreements. This expert helped found a record company and worked with many very well- known musicians.
Throughout entertainment law practice, this expert has been awarded gold and platinum records from internationally acclaimed artists.
In addition to work as a litigator and record producer/promoter, this expert has handled the complex licensing negotiations and agreements, been involved in the purchase and sale of record companies, publishing companies, and businesses of all descriptions.
In addition to work as a professor, this expert advises creators, owners and distributors of music, media and technology and the investors that are active in those sectors. This expert counsels music creators and rights holders on public policy and litigation, and has provided expert testimony before the Copyright Royalty Board and in arbitration, and supports media and technology companies and their financial sponsors on capital formation and growth strategy, digital product/service development, acquisitions and restructuring. This expert’s long career in the music industry has provided him with a deep understanding of music royalty rates.
This expert teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Entrepreneurship, Music Analytics, Strategic Marketing, Global Music Management and the Business Structure of the Music Industry. This expert founded and operated a Grammy Award winning independent record label and music publisher where this expert signed, recorded and published multi-platinum artists. This expert has authored a book, as well as many podcast, papers and presentations. This expert is a member of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) and the Music Business Association.
This expert has worked as an independent Music Producer/Consultant servicing the TV, Radio, Digital Media and Advertising communities. This expert's business is focused on music production, song licensing and creating Brand Partnerships. Concurrently, this expert serves as Director of Strategic Marketing for a digital audio technology company founded by an iconic music producer. This expert's role is multi-dimensional across a variety of industries: Consumer & Entertainment, Medical, and Aviation.
Most of this expert's career has been spent producing music for major Brands in the world of advertising. This expert is probably best known for work serving as SVP/Executive Music Producer. This position afforded executive level marketing experience while creating relationships at the highest levels of the music industry. This expert helped set the standard for music licensing which drives today's market. This expert helped break down the barriers between the music and ad industries by giving many famous artists the opportunity to lend their talents to brand advertising.
Over time, artists and Brands became an effective, in-demand marketing "solution". This expert oversaw many such deals and managed the relationships. This expert's skills in both copyright and contract law were honed during these years. As is the nature of the business, this expert helped fend-off inevitable copyright infringement suits (all of which were successfully defended), and repaired issues as they arose with artist/brand partnerships. This expert worked hand in hand with an attorney as problems arose; and while this expert never provided expert testimony as an outside consultant (he was contractually prevented from doing so), this expert has given depositions, provided testimony, created defense strategies and researched data.
From a marketing perspective, music has always been a critical element to consumer engagement. As the stigma of advertising melted away mostly due to music piracy, artists and record labels lined up at this expert's doorstep looking to make a deal.
Brands became the new major source of revenue replacing record sales. Brands loved the cache associated with these artists and their music, providing "instant equity". Pop and Rock artists were the first wave. The second wave was bigger, more intense and out of the box - Hip Hop. Wholesome brands were foregoing "morals clauses" in their contracts to align themselves with the Gansta element. And this expert knows, as this expert did many of those deals. And they wouldn't have been done if the data did not support the value of the partnership.
This expert, one of the industry’s premier innovators and foreign licensing experts, is Principal of a licensing group specializing in Entertainment, Lifestyle and Corporate Brand licensing. The firm represents manufacturers with the acquisition of licenses and consults on licensing to both licensors and licensees as well as to organizations and government entities. This expert holds a master’s degree in Mass Communications, and a fellowship in Communications. This expert has been committed to the development of the licensing industry’s trade association. This expert has shared knowledge of licensing at numerous licensing conferences, and has taught a course on licensing at the college level. This expert brings over forty years of licensing experience to the table, and has performed expert witness services in over 25 licensing related cases.