Lori Landew, partner and administrative chair of Fox Rothschild’s Entertainment Department, is a media and entertainment lawyer whose practice spans the film, television, music, publishing, sports and fashion industries.
A seasoned negotiator with more than two decades of experience, she handles deals that involve all aspects of content creation, production, and distribution, as well as matters centered on brand awareness, cultivation, integration and promotion.
Splitting her time between New York and Philadelphia, Lori focuses on the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of complex agreements that protect and promote her clients’ business interests including, Lori also routinely shares her business savvy and insights with her clients who seek her advice on the entertainment industry.
Media companies, universities, cultural institutions, performance venues, restaurants, and sports teams are among the many clients that turn to Lori for guidance in protecting their intellectual property and in building their brands.
Lori is also frequently called upon to evaluate and advise companies on the value of their intellectual property rights and assets, particularly in advance of major acquisitions or mergers.
Variety magazine named Lori to two of its most prestigious lists — the Dealmaker’s Impact Report and the New York Women’s Impact Report. And she has been repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in the category of Entertainment Law.
A former general counsel and senior executive at two successful international entertainment companies, Lori is a trusted adviser to startups and established companies on legal and business matters.
For many clients, Lori serves in a role akin to an outside general counsel, providing guidance on a broad range of issues as they arise and sometimes joining in conversations about longer term business strategy.
Lori is also a go-to source in the emerging world of drone law having presented at the prestigious 2nd Annual New York City Drone Film Festival on the topic of “Integrating Drones Into a Production Workflow,” which offered guidance to producers on how to identify whether drones are a viable option in a film project.
Representative Matters :
- Represented a top fashion model in all facets of her professional activities including negotiating her agreements with her agent and her publicist, and in cross-branding activities, including a television series, a fashion line and endorsing fashion merchandise.
- Counseled a major home shopping channel in cross-branding opportunities through various entertainment platforms. Assisted in efforts to secure rights to content with owners and distributors, including Fox Television, Columbia Records and the Warner Music Group.
- Handled the negotiation of a documentary production agreement and distribution agreement for one of the country’s preeminent noncommercial radio stations.
- Represented multiple chef and restaurant clients in connection with activities outside their restaurants, such as special appearances, speaking engagements, cookbook publishing and recurring roles on television shows, including “Chopped.”
Prior to joining the firm, Lori was a key member of the Media, Entertainment & Sports Law practice at a national law firm, where she built and expanded the scope of commercial transactions for media and entertainment companies as well as businesses venturing into content creation and acquisition.
Lori was also previously president of Landew Entertainment Business Associates, LLC, where she led business development initiatives and negotiated sophisticated deals for clients in entertainment and related industries.
Lori also served as general counsel for the Ryko Corporation, a multinational entertainment company, where she was one of a small executive management team that worked to develop business opportunities, form strategic partnerships and structure favorable deals that led to the company’s acquisition by the Warner Music Group.
Additionally, Lori formerly served as vice president of business affairs for Zomba Recording Corporation, the most successful independent music company in the world at the time, where she led several initiatives to realize substantial cost-savings and revenue growth for the company including building, training and managing an experienced licensing team that generated considerable revenues to the company’s bottom line.
- Columbia Law School (J.D.)
- University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS :
- LiveConnections.org (Secretary)
- Greater Philadelphia Film Office
BAR ADMISSIONS : Pennsylvania, New York
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