The Entertainment, Sports & Media Initiative regularly brings celebrities to campus including Ludacris, Frank Ski, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and more.
Only a few miles from the College of Law building, you’ll find CNN, State Farm Arena, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the College Football Hall of Fame, EUE Screen Gems Studios and Tyler Perry Studios. The College of Law started the Entertainment, Sports and Media Law Initiative in 2018 to teach students the ins and outs of entertainment law. This initiative houses a certificate program and hosts two annual events for students to network with movers and shakers in all areas of entertainment, sports and media.
The initiative kicked off in 2018 with an event featuring rapper Ludacris; Rick McCay, president of the Atlanta Falcons; Tom Luse, executive producer of “The Walking Dead”; Todd Harris, founder of Hi-Rez Studios; and radio host Frank Ski. A second event highlighted stadium development and acquisition featuring attorneys and business professionals from the Atlanta Hawks, Arthur M. Blank Entertainment & Sports, King & Spalding Law Firm and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
students enrolled in
ESM courses in the first year
is now available through the J.D. Program
courses offered through the ESML certificate,
including The Legal Life of Ludacris
When athletes get a sneaker deal, what percentage of sales do they receive? How are reality stars’ contracts negotiated? Why do some artists own their publishing and others don’t?
The certificate in Entertainment, Sports & Media prepares students who wish to specialize in these areas to advocate for their clients. The program will prepare students for employment at entertainment, sports and media law firms, movie studios, media companies, and media and sports organizations.
Students can also participate in skills development training at the
- Entertainment Law Perspective Workshop: Career of Ludacris
- or Sports Law Simulation Course.
Past Entertainment, Sports & Media students have taken internships and externships with sports organizations, entertainment law firms, sports or media practices, music organizations, media organizations, movie studios, Georgia State Creative Media Industries Institute and Georgia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
- Arts and Entertainment Law
- Sports Law
- Mass Communication and Media Law
- Trademarks and Unfair Competition
- Patent Law
- Antitrust Law
- Contract Drafting and Risk Analysis
- Licensing of Intellectual Property
- Constitutional Torts Litigation
- History of News Media
- Seminars in Communications Law
- Communications Ethics
- Media Industries
Legal Basics for Entertainers, Athletes and Other Creatives
Marjorie and Ralph Knowles Conference Center
October 13, 2018
- Am I a Corporation, LLC or Partnership? How to Set Up Your Entertainment Business
Lee Morin, Esq.
- Don’t Sign That Contract! Important Contract Provisions You Need to Know and Understand
Amy Oraefo, Of Counsel, Taylor English Duma, LLP
- The Importance of Understanding the Business and Legal Basics of Your Brand
Todd Harris Founder, Hi-Rez Studios
Tom Luse, Executive Producer, Walking Dead
Rich McKay, President, Atlanta, Falcons
Frank Ski, Host, V-103FM
- They Stole My Idea! My Song! My Film! Protecting Your Intellectual Property
Steve Weizenecker, Esq.
- How Do I Keep Up? Legal Implications of Emerging Technologies in Entertainment, Sports and Media
Robert Finan, Esq.
Atlanta Sports Explosion: The Business & Legal Impact
Marjorie and Ralph Knowles Conference Center
April 12, 2019
- Sports and Real Estate: Stadium Acquisition, Renovation and the Legal Implications of Public-Private Partnerships
Bharath Parthasarathy, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, Georgia State University
Douglass P. Selby, Esq.
Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Thad Sheely, Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Hawks
- The Growth of eSports in Atlanta: Negotiating Team, Player Rights & Competition
Robin Dunson, Esq., Asst. General Counsel, Cox Enterprises Overwatch League
Nathaniel Blair, Esq., General Counsel, Hi-Rez Studios
Eric Schroeder, Esq., Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
David Schulman, Esq., Partner, Greenberg Traurig
- Super Bowl LIII: An Overview of the Complex Legal and Business Issues Facing the City of Atlanta
Justin King, Esq., Partner, King & Spalding
Jon Keen, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City of Atlanta
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, City of Atlanta
Nick Brown, Esq.. Legal Counsel, AMB Sports and Entertainment
Director of the Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Initiative
P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
85 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303