Selected by Chambers USA every year since 2005 and by Super Lawyers since 2008 as one of the top Entertainment Lawyers in NYC, Jacobson built his unique practice by focusing on his two passions:  music and film.  He represented the estates of George & Ira Gershwin, Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington and important songwriters such as Jimmy Webb, Shakira and Annie Roboff.  He handled production work on films like “Conviction” with Hilary Swank & Sam Rockwell, represented Oscar Nominee Rip Torn and handled Executive Producer duties on “Leaves of the Tree,” “Junction” a/k/a “Hostage” and other films.  He also held senior executive positions at several major internet companies.  Jacobson is the Founding Chairman of the NYS Bar Association Section on Entertainment Arts & Sports Law, testified before Congress and WIPO regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and was Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Fordham University Law School, CUNY Law School and The New School.  He is licensed to practice law in New York, California (inactive) and Florida.

Areas of Concentration


  • Financing strategies, implementation and agreements
  • Production agreements: Cast, director and writer agreements; Literary option agreements; Producer agreements; Completion bonding agreements; Insurance obligations; Crew, location and other agreements; Music and other rights clearances
  • Distribution agreements: Print and advertising fund agreements; Foreign sales agency agreements; Video distribution agreements; Negative pick-up agreements


  • Music publishing
  • Domestic and foreign administration and sub-publishing agreements
  • Purchase and sale of catalogs
  • Recording agreements
  • Management agreements
  • Merchandising agreements


  • Writers and songwriters
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Actors and actresses
  • Musicians
  • Minors’ contracts


  • Approved production contracts for plays and musical plays
  • Acting agreements
  • Front money agreements
  • Financing agreements


  • Digital distribution of content
  • Online commercial ventures
  • Domain names / trademark disputes
  • Advice concerning Digital Millennium Copyright Act issues


  • Negotiation of book publishing agreements for Publishers and Authors
  • Representation of Literary Agents
  • Negotiation of Foreign Rights Agreements
  • Negotiation of Motion Picture and Television Option Agreements
  • Negotiation of Ancillary Rights, and Subsidiary Rights Agreements

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