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Burry, Kenneth

Greenberg Traurig

A shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Media and Entertainment Practice Group, Ken Burry, Esq. represents both established and emerging artists in all aspects of the music and entertainment industry as well as institutional clients. His work cuts across the industry and involves music within television, motion picture and video games. Established artist clients include Katy Perry, Josh Groban, Baz Luhrmann, Sofia Coppola, Sheryl Crow and the Rolling Stones. Ken navigates the changing and dynamic marketplace as media platforms and attendant deal structures evolve more rapidly than ever. This includes reclaiming copyrights, renegotiating of recording contracts, dealing with record label personalities and capturing new revenue streams in areas such as electronic gaming. Emerging artist clients with new deals, or those searching out their first opportunity turn to Ken’s experience to guide them through increasingly difficult terrain as they tackle intimidating 360º deals and work to build and leverage a credible presence on the Internet. Institutional clients face their own challenges. Yamaha, for example, has turned to Ken to help guide them through complex copyright issues relating to its electronic musical instrument-based product line. Motion picture studios regularly look to Ken to handle their film music work, soundtrack album deals and music publishing catalogue sales. Viacom hired Ken in connection with the sale of its Famous Music catalogue to Sony ATV and its film studio, Paramount Pictures, relied on him to handle all music aspects of the 50 Cent movie, “Get Rich Or Die Tryin.” Ken was the entertainment specialist in connection with Robert F. X. Sillerman’s acquisition of the Elvis Presley estate assets. He also handled the sale by V2 of its U.S. record label. KCRW, a southern California public radio station, has turned to Ken in evaluating copyright regulations as it takes its programming online. Ken also has developed a unique practice and expertise in global media events. He quarterbacked the legal work for the Live Earth world wide concerts supported by Al Gore to promote awareness of global climate change, and the Live 8 and NetAid events championed by Bono before that.