Jody is a seasoned and savvy entertainment law attorney who has been helping clients in the industry produce innovative and sophisticated television and new media content for more than 25 years. From the early days of his career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency in New York to his current status as one of the industry’s go-to lawyers and chair of the Entertainment Department’s Production Practice, Jody is a passionate advocate for his clients, negotiating the deals that bring to life many of today’s popular entertainment vehicles.
Throughout his tenure as an entertainment lawyer, Jody has actively counseled his clients in nearly every type of legal matter spanning the spectrum of the industry: television (including a special focus on reality television and Canadian and international co-productions), digital media outlets, publishing, live stage, live action and animated programming and graphic novels.
For his clients who are content creators and owners, such as television networks, production companies and executive producers, Jody assists in all aspects of financing, development, production, distribution and the exploitation of projects across multiple media and platforms.
Jody also facilitates licensing, branding and merchandising deals on behalf of a wide range of clients – including marquee performers, visual artists, animators, comic book creators, video game publishers and universities – to help them monetize their brands. Some of his well-known clients include PB&J Television, Michael Levitt Productions, The Mighty Networks, Six Point Harness, 310 Entertainment, Titmouse Animation, Man of Action (creators of Ben 10), leading comic book writer Mark Waid, Fine Brothers, Thunderbird Films, Sphere Media, Clay Newbill, Sara Rea and Liquid Theory.
Before Fox Rothschild
Jody worked his way from the mailroom at the William Morris Agency in New York City into the theatrical and publishing departments of the agency before leaving to attend Columbia Law School, where he graduated among the top of his class.
Jody has worked at leading entertainment boutique law firms throughout New York and Los Angeles. He also worked in-house as Director of Business Affairs for NBC Entertainment.
During law school Jody was editor of the Columbia Law Review and notes editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Jody served as editor-in-chief of M/E Insights, the magazine of the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel. He is often sought by the media to speak on issues related the entertainment law, and he is a frequent public speaker on similar topics. He has spoken at the Banff Television Festival and has moderated panels on behalf of the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel, as well as at the National Association of Television Program Executives convention and the Institute on Entertainment Law and Business at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
Jody served on former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Entertainment Industry Advisory Council. He also served five terms as governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) and two terms on its Executive Committee. He also served as chair of the ATAS Bylaws and Industry Credits Committees.
Pay or Play
Authored by the attorneys in the firm’s Entertainment Department, this blog provides a legal perspective on the latest issues and trends affecting the entertainment industry, including digital content, multichannel networks, celebrity branding and artist and performer management as well as commentary on music law and media distribution law.
Honors & Awards
- Named to Variety Magazine's Dealmakers Impact Report (2014, 2016)
- Selected as one of the "Most Influential Lawyers in Digital Media and E-Commerce Law" by Los Angeles Business Journal (2014)
- Beck Property Prize
- Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (1980, 1982)
- James Kent Scholar (1981)