ATLANTA – Feb. 28, 2020 – Joel A. Katz, founding chairman of the global Entertainment & Media Practice and founding shareholder of the Atlanta office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been recognized as a leading entertainment attorney in Billboard magazine’s 2020 “Power 100” list of most powerful executives in the music business.
According to Billboard, the “Power List” recognizes individuals who are excelling at their jobs and going above and beyond to elevate the entire music business.
Katz is credited for industry-changing deals involving Jon Platt's contract to lead Sony/ATV Music Publishing, AEG's purchase of a 50% stake in Australia's Frontier Touring, and the $300 million sale of Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Music Group to Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings. He is also recognized for some of the biggest deals in the industry for clients including Jimmy Buffet, the Recording Academy, the Country Music Association, Alibaba, and the Michael Jackson estate.
Katz is one of the most well-known entertainment attorneys globally. He is consistently recognized by numerous publications and organizations as having one of the world's leading and most innovative entertainment and media practices. He has been previously listed as Billboard magazine's number-one ranked entertainment attorney in its 'Power 100' list of most powerful executives in the music business and has been called "the dealmaker who thinks outside the box." The world’s most famous entertainers place their trust in him to craft the breakthrough deals that boost their careers, cultivate their talents and safeguard their assets. 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.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Entertainment & Media Practice: With offices situated in the centers of the entertainment industry, Greenberg Traurig has established a highly 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 the business-oriented and dedicated counsel needed to thrive in today’s multidiscipline, multimedia entertainment marketplace. The 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: http://www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.