ATLANTA – Barnes & Thornburg today announced that entertainment and media attorney Andrew Velcoff has joined the firm as partner in the Atlanta office.
Velcoff’s practice focuses on entertainment law, entertainment tax credits, film and television production and distribution, film financing and intellectual property. He advises motion picture and television production facilities in Georgia, New Jersey and New York. In his more than 35-year career in the entertainment industry, he has negotiated development, production, financing and acquisition agreements for TNT Originals, Turner Films, Turner Sports and The Cartoon Network, as well as for projects and transactions involving Disney, MGM, New Line, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., ABC, CBS, NBC, Amazon, AMC, A&E, Discovery, HBO, Netflix and others.
He also has guided transactions for numerous clients, including Atlas Media Corp., Auburn Avenue Films, Blackhall Studios, Bluestone Entertainment, Cinelease Studios, Chastain Film Capital, the Country Music Association, Epiphany Productions, Estate of Gregg Allman, Fieldpoint Private Capital, Harry Chapin Music, In Plain View Entertainment, Vital Pictures, and Wydown Management.
He joins the firm’s growing Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group in Atlanta.
“As the entertainment industry continues to evolve into new outlets and platforms, Andrew’s knowledge has been extremely valuable to his clients,” said Jason Karlov, chair of the firm’s Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group. “Andrew is a go-to source when navigating the complexity of entertainment law and financing,”
Velcoff is also involved in intellectual property matters and supervises his clients on trademark and copyright registration and enforcement. In addition to his private practice legal career, he formerly served as general counsel for Turner Entertainment Group Inc. in California and Georgia.
“Andrew has deep roots in the growing Atlanta entertainment industry and has created an impressive regional and national practice,” said John T.L. Koenig, managing partner of the Atlanta office. “We are thrilled to welcome Andrew to our Atlanta office.”
Velcoff received his J.D. from New England School of Law, magna cum laude, and his B.A., Ed.M., and an M.A. in Music Composition from State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a recipient of the New York State Young Composer’s Award.
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