Jonathan Seiden L'01
Lecturer in Law
Jonathan Seiden is an attorney and business affairs executive with over 10 years of experience sourcing, negotiating, and drafting industry-specific agreements in the fields of entertainment and media, including live events, music, sponsorships, content and intellectual property licensing, digital distribution and merchandising.
As of July 2016, Mr. Seiden serves as Vice President and Counsel for William Morris Endeavor / IMG.
From November 2014 until June 2016, Mr. Seiden served as Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at SFX Entertainment, Inc. (“SFX”) and Executive Vice President of Beatport LLC (“Beatport”). In his capacity as SVP for SFX, Mr. Seiden was responsible for counseling SFX and its live entertainment and media companies with respect to entertainment law matters, including, without limitation, live events, brand integration and sponsorship deals, new media and content deals, music publishing and master recording agreements, and licensing.
Prior to joining SFX in 2014, Mr. Seiden was Vice President, Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs for CORE Media Group Inc. (“CORE Media”) from 2006 – 2014. CORE Media’s portfolio includes some of the biggest and most enduring television productions and formats. CORE Media owns the proprietary rights to AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, including the local adaptations of the IDOLS and DANCE television show formats which, collectively, air in over 100 countries around the world. In 2012, CORE purchased Sharp Entertainment, a reality television production company which has produced hundreds of hours of television programming. CORE Media also owned and controlled the intellectual property rights of Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali until November 2013.
In his capacity as Vice President for CORE, Jonathan counseled CORE and its subsidiaries, namely 19 Entertainment and Sharp Entertainment (and previously Elvis Presley Enterprises and Muhammad Ali Enterprises), with respect to intellectual property and entertainment law matters, including, without limitation, the acquisition of intellectual property content, character and merchandise licensing, music publishing, master recording agreements, intellectual property maintenance, enforcement, and litigation.
Prior to joining CORE in 2006, Jonathan was a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York primarily focusing on intellectual property acquisitions and licensing.
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2001
Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts, 1998