Jason Karlov is the Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group Chair at Barnes & Thornburg. He represents a variety of clients in the music, entertainment, live events, advertising and technology industries. His clients include individuals, such as Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder, as well as institutions that work and invest in entertainment and technology, including such well-known brands as DreamWorks, Lionsgate, Merrill Lynch, the Olympics, Samsung, VeriSign and Yahoo!.
The work that Mr. Karlov handles for his clients requires his knowledge of, and participation in, virtually all aspects of the music, television, film, live events, advertising, licensing and technology industries.
Entertainment and Music
Jason handles advertising, branding, content and sponsorship deals for all types of clients, from both the buyer's and seller's vantage point. He has handled sales and sponsorship deals for NASCAR teams, an Internet service provider who maintains one of the top five most visited websites in the world, the largest electronics retail company in the U.S., the largest tobacco brand in the U.S. and the largest wine and beer distributor in the U.S. Jason also negotiated and administered a $1 billion sponsorship deal for an international sports governing body with one of the foremost brands in the world.
Jason is the primary outside counsel for several musicians, including Oscar and Grammy Award Winners: T-Bone Burnett, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, The Manhattan Transfer and Stevie Wonder. Likewise, he handles the overall legal work for television personalities including Cesar Millan, who is known as the 'Dog Whisperer.' In representing entities in film and television production and finance, inclusive of deals with producers, directors, screenwriters and composers, Jason's experience includes all aspects of production and rights acquisition through distribution deals with companies such as HBO, Sony, Universal, Fox and Warner Bros.
Jason represents the producer for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Since the initial production of CGI, it has grown into one of the foremost philanthropic events in the world, raising billions of dollars for charities around the globe.
Jason is the primary outside counsel for one of the largest event marketing companies in the world.
Jason has been involved with the Olympic Movement since 1998 and has handled legal for Olympic and Pan Am Games in 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2010 and currently for the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Jason has negotiated and documents marketing and promotion agreements with prominent race tracks in the United States for NASCAR and Thoroughbred Racing, as well as one of the world's most prominent race tracks for Formula One.
Jason handles production, labor, trade and venue work for live theatre both on and off Broadway, including productions of The Wizard of Oz and Wicked.
Jason's live event work also includes the production and sponsorship of conventions, expositions and tournaments, as well as the purchase and sale of such events including the PGA, America's Cup and Tour De France.
Jason was asked to be the primary outside counsel to one of the world's leading content aggregators and has served in this capacity over the last six years handling deals related to industries such as entertainment, news and travel, television, radio film, content aggregators, as well as corporate sponsors like Nissan and Pepsi, and entertainers such as Oprah Winfrey and sports figures like David Beckham.
Jason has represented one of the world's foremost computer monitor manufacturers for eight years inclusive of FCC work, OEM litigation and with respect to international trade.
Jason leads the outside counsel team handling all contractual issues to build out a widget and applications platform, as well as the storefront, for the largest mobile hardware provider in the U.S., including as it relates to advertising, copyright, content, the FTC, the FCC, patent, software, sweepstakes / promotions, trademark, as well as RSS feeds and SMS text.
Jason received his B.A., cum laude, with distinction in English and American Literature from Brandeis University in 1991. He received both his M.A. in Communication Management (Annenberg School for Communication) and his J.D. from the University of Southern California in 1995.
Jason is a board member of the City of Hope. Jason is consistently recognized as a top entertainment attorney in Variety magazine's Legal Impact Report as well as its Top Dealmakers list. Additionally, he has been included in Billboard's Top Music Lawyers listing.