About the Author

With over 30 years’ experience as an attorney in the music industry, Steve Winogradsky is a partner in Winogradsky/Sobel in Studio City, Calif., providing global media and music business affairs & legal support for composers; songwriters; music publishers; recording artists; and television, film, video, and multi-media producers. In addition to an entertainment law practice, the company handles music clearance and licensing in all media for many production companies, worldwide administration of the publishing catalogs for a number of clients, and new media strategies and revenue modeling.

Prior to being in solo practice with The Winogradsky Company from 1992 to 2009, Mr. Winogradsky had served as Director of Music Business Affairs for Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.; Managing Director of Music, Legal & Business Affairs for MCA Home Entertainment; Director of Music Licensing and Administration for Universal Pictures and Universal Television; and Vice President of Business Affairs for The Clearing House, Ltd. He was twice elected President of the California Copyright Conference, after spending nine years on the Board of Directors, and also served for four years as President of The Association of Independent Music Publishers.

Mr. Winogradsky was awarded the 2012 Texas Star Award by the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for his contributions to legal education in Texas. He was also named as one of the Outstanding Instructors in Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts at UCLA Extension, where he has taught since 1997. He has written numerous magazine articles on the subject of music for motion pictures and television and has lectured on a variety of music-related topics at MIDEM; University of Houston Law Foundation (1993, 1994, and 1997); Texas State Bar Entertainment Law Seminar (1994–2013); American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law Conference; University of Southern California Entertainment Law Institute; The Hollywood Reporter Film and Television Music Conference (1997–2000); Billboard Film and Television Music Conference; NARAS; The Society of Composers and Lyricists; Loyola Law School; Southwestern Law School; California Lawyers for the Arts; American Film Institute; LMNOP (New Orleans); Toronto International Film Festival; Canadian Music Week; Musicians Institute; McNally Smith College of Music; California State University, Northridge (CSUN); NARIP; Copyright Society of the USA; and various other symposia.

In addition, he is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter who is both a composer and publisher member of ASCAP.