Marc Jacobson

Media & Entertainment Law

New York City-based entertainment attorney Marc Jacobson has represented some of the most prolific icons in music, film, and media as well as legendary estates, songwriters and archives. As a producer, his latest film is the forthcoming “In the Land of Saints and Sinners” starring Liam Neeson.

Selected by Chambers USA every year since 2005, The Best Lawyers in America since 2019 and by Super Lawyers since 2008 as one of the top Entertainment Lawyers in New York City, Jacobson built his unique practice by focusing on his two passions: music and film.

In the music area, he represented the estates of George and Ira Gershwin, Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington, as well as important songwriters such as Jimmy Webb, Shakira, James Brown and Holland-Dozier-Holland. He represented the digital jukebox industry in its negotiations for performing rights, as well as the Cheer and Spirit industry regarding its use of music. He handles sophisticated music publishing and recording transactions, as well as negotiations to license the use of music by non-traditional music users.

Jacobson also handles all legal aspects of filmed entertainment for a variety of films. He worked on “Conviction” with Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell; “Texasville,” with Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd; “All’s Fair” with George Segal and Sally Kellerman; “Back in The Day,” with Alec Baldwin and Anabella Sciorra; “Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story”; “Inversion”; “The Virtuoso” with Anthony Hopkins; and others. He is or has served as Executive Producer for “Leaves of the Tree” and “Hostage” and the forthcoming “In the Land of Saints and Sinners” starring Liam Neeson.

He is the Founding Chairman of the NYS Bar Association Section on Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law, and testified before Congress and WIPO regarding the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and was Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Fordham University Law School, CUNY Law School and The New School. He speaks regularly at bar associations and other events about issues related to his practice. Jacobson has received many awards relating to his abilities as an attorney. He is licensed to practice law in New York, California, and Florida.