Ben is a corporate and entertainment attorney at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, where he represents clients primarily in the digital media, music,emerging technology, advertising, and film industries.
In Ben’s corporate practice, he represents a wide variety of clients, ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 50 companies, and including advertising agencies, music and video content streaming services, event companies, social media/technology platforms, mobile gaming companies, and companies engaged in ancillary businesses related to the cannabis industry. Ben is typically engaged as outside general counsel (or a similar capacity) where he handles both legal and business affairs matters across a wide variety of commercial transactions. Ben's particular interest revolves around joint venture and strategic brand partnership deals, as well as intellectual property licensing/acquisition transactions.
In entertainment, Ben’s practice is primarily focused in music, film, podcasting, and emerging digital content markets. Ben has been active in the music industry for most of his life and has extensive experience negotiating sound recording and musical composition licensing agreements, sync licensing agreements, public performance rights agreements, merchandise licensing deals, and strategic joint ventures. With respect to film and podcasting, Ben regularly prepares and negotiates complex tax credit financing and slate financing transactions, content licensing and acquisition deals, content distribution agreements, writer/producer/director services agreements, and joint venture production partnerships. Additionally, Ben represents clients in the event production and e-sports gaming industries, where he handles a variety of matters, including vendor and event deals, e-sport team ownership transactions, e-sport player/coach acquisition agreements, and various digital sponsorship and influencer service matters.
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