The Podcasting Gold Rush: Current Legal Issues Facing the Industry



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September 29, 2023
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About the Program

This program delves into the critical legal challenges shaping this landscape, exploring intellectual property rights in podcast adaptation, the complexities of licensing copyrighted material, monetization strategies under legal scrutiny, and the legal ramifications of the WGA strike on podcast production and distribution.

Podcasts have become one of the most lucrative and exciting sectors of the entertainment industry. Every major production studio has either launched or acquired a podcast network, rolling out ad-free subscription platforms and striking exclusive talent deals worth tens of millions of dollars. However, podcasting’s viability has recently come into question in the face of mass layoffs, cancelled contracts, and diminishing growth in ad revenue. Have legal challenges caused the podcast bubble to burst, or is this young industry just experiencing growing pains?

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Meet the Speakers
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Jonathan Kornman


Lebedev, Michael & Helmi, A P.L.C, Podcast Producer, Consultant & Strategist

Jonathan Kornman is a Los Angeles-based attorney with a proven track record of helping creatives overcome legal and business challenges. Prior to embarking on a legal career, Jonathan was a talent agent at the boutique music agency Liaison Artists, representing over 30 electronic music clients throughout North and South America. Jonathan’s experience also includes working in audio production for networks such as ACAST and OBB, most recently executive producing the popular sex therapy show Sex w/ Emily. While attending Southwestern Law School’s accelerated 2-year SCALE program on an academic scholarship, Jonathan complimented his background in entertainment with internships at Abrams Garfinkel Margolis & Bergson LLP, Concord Music Group, and Southwestern’s Entertainment & the Arts Legal Clinic.  Now as an associate at Lebedev, Michael, & Helmi APLC, Jonathan focuses on contract and employment disputes, as well as transactional work and consulting for entertainment clients. Jonathan also remains a dedicated music enthusiast, hosting a monthly music history show on Dublab Radio and DJing a quarterly New Wave/Post Punk night at the LGBTQ+ bar Hi Tops in Los Feliz.

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Lloyd Lochridge


Director of Production, Cadence13

Lloyd Lochridge is a writer, director, and producer from Austin, Texas. Prior to his work with narrative podcasts, Lloyd produced documentary films, including ESPN’s ten-part, 20-hour series, “Basketball: A Love Story.” He has directed and produced over a dozen documentary podcast series, including “Gone South,” which received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Podcast; “It Was Said” with Jon Meacham, winner of the Webby Award for Best Podcast; “Gangster Capitalism,” nominated for a Peabody Award; and “Root of Evil,” ranked by Shortlist as one of the best True Crime Podcasts of all time. Lloyd is also the recipient of the Tennessee Williams Award for Playwriting. He resides in New Orleans with his wife and two sons.

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Julie Park


Corporate Counsel, Wondery - Amazon Music

Julie Huh Park is corporate counsel at Wondery and Amazon Music. She has a wide and diverse entertainment legal background as she served as a business and legal affairs associate at Marvel Studios and Marvel Television in Los Angeles and then transferred to Marvel Games and New Media in New York- working on films, television, new media, video games, licensing, consumer product, product and other commercial deals for Marvel. She then worked on various distribution and production deals from a network perspective at EPIX/MGM+. Julie then served as production counsel for ABC News, supporting GMA, 20/20 and ABC long form content.

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Ramela Ohanian


Attorney, Sheppard Mullin

Recognized by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Ramela represents studios, media companies, tech companies, producers, streamers, podcast companies, and networks on a variety of transactional matters related to television (scripted and unscripted), digital media, short-form content, podcasts, and films (theatrical, SVOD, etc.). Her 6-year practice at Sheppard Mullin focuses on the development and production of projects in the United States and international projects, including the handling of major first look and overall agreements, rights acquisitions, and talent agreements.

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