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Brian T. Robinson

Brian T. Robinson focuses his entertainment law practice on television and music, with more than 20 years of global experience negotiating deals across a broad range of media and technologies. He is an articulate advocate of business interests in public and industry forums.

Brian advises clients on strategies for seeking bottom-line efficiencies through streamlining internal operating and business processes, as well as cost-effective management of outside vendors and consultants.

Developing and structuring global business relationships from initial sourcing to final documentation, Brian possesses deep understanding of valuation and finance concepts. He has wide-ranging experience building first-rate executive teams and has negotiated and managed an array of highly complex global business transactions, often guiding contentious international litigation to settlement.


  • Legal representation of “A” list talent
  • Recording contracts
  • Distribution contracts
  • Film and television contracts
  • Digital exploitation contracts



  • Chief Operating Officer, ADD Ventures Music, 2013-2018
  • ESPN, Inc., 2004-2013
    • Vice President, Business Affairs ESPN, 2006-2013
    • Development, ESPN Original Entertainment, 2004-2006
  • Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, The Island Def Jam Music Group, 2002-2003
  • Head of Business Affairs, Tommy Boy Music, 1996-2002
  • Counsel, Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., 1995-1996


  • J.D., Columbia University Law School, 1991
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Editor-in-Chief, Columbia-VLA Journal of Law and the Arts
  • B.A., Yale University, 1988
    • National Merit Scholar
  • New York