“The Future of Audio Content: Navigating the Business and Legal Landscape”

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

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Speaker: Jon Kurland

Over the last decade, podcasts and other audio content have catapulted from a relatively niche position into the American mainstream, with over one-third of Americans listening to spoken-word audio content on a monthly basis and a quarter listening on a weekly basis. Consumers are spending a lot of time listening to audio, with the average podcast listener spending more than 6+ hours immersed in the medium, according to Edison Research. As this trend continues to grow, it has led to the proliferation of original podcast and spoken-word content in addition to significant market activity and investment from emerging and established media companies.

With the growth of this burgeoning industry has come the evolution of legal and business standards in real time to suit the needs of creators and media companies alike. With that in mind, this meeting will aim to unpack emerging standards in the audio space by analyzing common deal structures, monetization strategies, rights negotiation tactics, production standards, and potential areas for legal risk. Discussion will also focus on the opportunities presented by audio content production as a means for the entertainment industry to develop derivative IP in innovative ways.


Jon Kurland, Corporate Counsel for Original Content at Amazon/Audible

Jon Kurland works in original content at Amazon, where he structures and negotiates a wide variety of deals for Audible and its associated content partners. In that capacity, he works on all aspects of content creation, production, and distribution, including in connection with original audio projects from such creators as Billy Crystal, Reese Witherspoon, T Bone Burnett, John Lithgow, Patti Smith, and others.

He previously worked in entertainment law private practice, where he regularly advised clients in the film, television and new media industries, and served as outside counsel on such productions as Suburbicon (Paramount, 2017), Get Me Roger Stone (Netflix, 2017), Hold the Dark (Netflix, 2018), and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Netflix, 2018). Jon has also represented award-winning musical performing artists including Kanye West, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, Nick Jonas, and Demi Lovato in connection with their transactional legal and business affairs.

Jon also serves on the board of directors for No Longer Empty, an arts organization dedicated to reinvigorating urban spaces through contemporary art, as well as PCI Media, which serves as agency of record for UNICEF and works to embed socially responsibly messaging in global forms of media. He also served on the Digital Art Committee for the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Jon graduated summa cum laude as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania, and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School.



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