Steve Gordon specializes in securing licenses for all forms
of content including music and audiovisual footage for use in motion
pictures, documentaries, music concerts, TV programs, ad campaigns, CD
&/or DVD compilations, and online entertainment. Clients range from
independent producers and small record labels such as Smithsonian
Folkways to multinational corporations such as MTV, as well as Internet
music start-us such as feedbands.com.
Articles on Clearances
Tips For Clearing Music For Television and Movies
Entertainment Law and Finance
Negotiating a License for Use of Music in a
National Television Campaign
NYSBA Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal
Soul Train DVD series distributed by Time Life Films.
Big Pun: The Legacy Documentary about the first
Latin rapper to go platinum.
Freedom Songs: The Music of the Civil Rights
Movement PBS and Home Video.
Stage at World Cafe Live" 12 concert
programs on HDNet, PBS and Home Video.
"Les Paul: Chasing Sound" on PBS Masterworks.
"Punk Attitude" on IFC.
"And You Don't Stop: 30 Years in the History of Hip
Hop" VH1 five hour series.
"The Night James Brown Saved Boston" PBS and Home
Lives" on NBC. Negotiated deals for
performances of guest artists including Norah Jones, No Doubt and Dave
"100 Scariest Movie Moments" on Bravo. Negotiated
deal between the Producer and Bravo.
"Sinatra Classic Duets" on PBS and Home Video.
"Latin Jazz La Combinacion Perfecta" CD
compilation released by Smithsonian Folkways.
"The Palladium: Where Mambo Was King" on Basic
"Songwriters Hall of Fame" on Basic Cable.
"Final Rinse" Feature Film.
"Red Hot & Blue" Documentary for Museums.
Consultation with Client in
regard to proposed terms, and strategies to secure the best possible
terms and rates;
Research of each song and/or master to identify current copyright owner;
Identification of correct decision maker at the publisher;
Negotiation of fees and terms;
Prepare and update periodic status reports for Client; and
Communicate to Client in regard to any issues requiring your
consideration or approval.
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Prepare and transmit letters requesting licenses;
Review licenses provided by licensors;
Prepare license agreements for licensors who do not provide licenses;
Send licenses to client for signature and payment;
Administer payments to the licensors;
Secure fully executed agreements; and
Deliver signed licenses to Client.
Legal services for any matter relating to
financing, production and distribution of television or film. Provide
counsel regarding copyright, trademark,
fair use, insurance, defamation, right of privacy, and union issues
including AFM, AFTRA, WGA, DGA, and SAG. Find music and footage for any
project; Steve collaborates with Universal Media, one of the leading
sources of footage for documentaries & infomercials.
Steve's fees for music clearances are the most
competitive in the business.
Steve will save you money by skillfully negotiating
the lowest possible rates for licenses.
As an attorney Steve can draft and review licenses
as well as negotiate the terms.