Benjamin Jaffe is a transactional attorney in the firm’s Corporate and Entertainment practice groups, and Co-Chair of CDAS’ Digital Media & Technology practice. He represents clients primarily in the digital media, emerging technology, music, advertising, and film industries. Ben brings a practical and business-minded approach towards handling his clients’ legal issues, and is often recognized for his ability to identify and skillfully negotiate corporate opportunities and strategic partnerships that advance long-term brand/market strategy and facilitate company growth and profitability.
In entertainment, Ben’s practice is primarily focused in music, film, podcasting, and emerging digital content markets, where he represents financiers, networks, content owners, and producers. Ben has been active in the music industry for most of his life (whether working for labels and publishers, or representing content licensees) and has prepared and negotiated a multitude of transactions, including sound recording and musical composition licensing agreements, sync licensing agreements, public performance rights agreements, merchandise licensing deals, and strategic joint ventures. With respect to film and podcasting, Ben regularly prepares and negotiates complex tax credit financing and slate financing transactions, content licensing and acquisition deals, content distribution agreements, writer/producer/director services agreements, and joint venture production partnerships. Additionally, Ben represents clients in the event production and e-sports gaming industries, where he handles a variety of matters, including vendor and event deals, e-sport team ownership transactions, e-sport player/coach acquisition agreements, and various digital sponsorship and influencer service matters. Because many of Ben’s clients offer products and services that enable people to ingest content in new and unique ways, Ben often finds himself negotiating cutting-edge deals for which there is no existing market or relevant precedent.
Prior to joining CDAS, Ben was a corporate associate in the New York office of Hogan Lovells US LLP where he advised clients on a broad range of transactional matters including complex structured financings, corporate restructurings, M&A activity, and securities law matters. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ben worked at several advertising agencies, including the digital media agency, Razorfish, where he specialized in paid search (SEM) marketing.
- Hogan Lovells US LLP
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
- Emory University, BBA
- “Rising Star,” New York, Super Lawyers, 2016-2018
- Variety, Dealmakers Impact Report, “Up Next,” 2017