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Steve Byrd has nearly 20 years of experience in the entertainment and media industry, and his practice spans all phases of television, motion picture and digital content development, production, and distribution. He works with clients on the optioning and acquisition of life story rights, original screenplays and novels; the engagement of writing, directing, acting, consulting and producing services; television development, option and series deals; and distribution agreements. 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Steve managed the business and legal affairs of Big Idea, a leading studio and producer of faith-based children’s and family programming. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the negotiation and drafting of a broad variety of agreements, including talent, production, distribution, animation, licensing, consumer products, book publishing and music deals for a diverse range of productions.

Steve is an antique camera collector and photographer, a former athlete, and a father of children with special needs. He enjoys the cinema, collegiate sports, and hiking and exploring with his family.


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Administrative Law CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Writing for International Business
  • Moody Bible Institute, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list in Entertainment & Sports Law (2023)


  • Member, American Bar Association