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Overview

Jonathan Altschul is a trusted adviser within the entertainment and music industries, representing high-profile talent and institutional clients in complex transactions that transcend traditional media platforms and make both financial and creative sense. 

He serves as an unwavering advocate of major recording artists, songwriters, record companies, music producers and publishers, as well as an advocate of actors, writers and other content creators. With over a decade of experience handling music industry transactions of all types, Jonathan has helped clients navigate that changing industry. He has handled a number of high stakes matters for his clients, using his background and knowledge of the industry to structure creative solutions that allow his clients to reap the financial rewards of their successes.  

A leading dealmaker in music, television, digital media and live-entertainment areas. Variety 

Jonathan also has deep experience in the new media sectors, with a specific focus on working with online creators. He represents several prominent online creators, providing strategic advice and helping to structure and negotiate sophisticated brand integration deals, merchandising agreements and product licensing agreements as they create original content for millions of loyal followers. In the rapidly evolving area of branded entertainment and online creator marketing, Jonathan has developed a deep understanding of the digital platforms and the nuanced considerations that apply to these partnerships. He understands that, for digital creators, authenticity, ownership and creative control over their content are paramount, and he aggressively negotiates agreements that preserve and protect these assets.

Jonathan has also worked extensively in the festival space. As outside counsel for some of the nation’s most popular music and arts festivals, he has handled performer, ticketing, vendor and financial structuring agreements, as well as other transactional matters.

With a background in the music and television business, beginning with his work at MTV Networks prior to launching his legal career, Jonathan includes recording, content licensing and distribution agreements in his broad experience. He also negotiates publishing, management, administration and live performance deals, and he has guided clients to resolution in a range of highly contentious disputes.

  • Global Business Music Market, MU:CON SEOUL2015
    Speaker
  • Negotiating the Terms of the Deal
    Speaker
  • The Basics of Copyright Termination
    Speaker
  • Legal Considerations in Touring
    Guest Lecturer
  • Licensing and Rights in the Music Industry
    Panelist

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • Hamilton College, B.A., magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California

Recognition

  • Named one of "Hollywood's New Leaders" by Variety (2016)