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Joel Katz and Jess Rosen Named to Billboard’s 2020 Country Power Players List

ATLANTA – Aug. 17, 2020 – Shareholders Joel A. Katz and Jess L. Rosen, of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, have been recognized by Billboard magazine as 2020 Country Power Players. According to their website, the sixth annual Country Power Players list celebrates the genre’s wins in the past year.

In 2019, Katz negotiated numerous high-profile country music deals including the sale of Big Machine Label Group to Ithaca Holdings and The Carlyle Group, along with representing Warner Music Nashville chairman and CEO John Esposito and Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman in the recent extensions of their employment agreements. Rosen negotiated Kenny Chesney’s 2020 stadium tour and sponsorship deals, a publishing deal for Miranda Lambert, and Live Nation partnerships for Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line.

Katz is founding chairman of the firm’s global Entertainment & Media Practice and the founding shareholder of the Atlanta office. Katz is consistently recognized by numerous publications and organizations as having one of the world’s leading and most innovative entertainment and media practices and has been listed as Billboard magazine’s number-one ranked entertainment attorney in its ‘Power 100’ list of most powerful executives in the music business. His star-studded client roster includes music industry legends from an array of genres, as well as music producers, record companies, concert promoters, and corporate heavy hitters. A powerful force in the entertainment industry, Katz has played an impactful role in shaping his profession and also in spearheading philanthropic endeavors in education and cancer research.

Rosen, co-chairman of the Atlanta Entertainment & Media Practice, focuses his practice on talent representation, including all facets of transactional entertainment matters in the music, film, television, and new media industries. He represents, advises, and counsels numerous songwriters, producers, recording artists, actors, writers, and executives in all aspects of their entertainment careers. As a professional jazz guitarist, Rosen has a unique perspective and understanding of both the creative and business issues faced by talent today.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Entertainment & Media Practice: With offices situated in the centers of the entertainment industry, Greenberg Traurig has established an experienced, international multidisciplinary entertainment and media practice. The Greenberg Traurig Entertainment & Media Practice focuses on the music, motion picture, television, sports, internet, digital media, publishing, and theater industries. The team has access to key players in the entertainment industry and provides clients with dedicated legal counsel needed to thrive in today’s multidiscipline, multimedia entertainment marketplace. Its entertainment and media attorneys have consistently been ranked by The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers,” Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report” and “Legal Impact Report,” Billboard’s “Power Lawyers,” The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Guide and Super Lawyers.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2200 attorneys in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.