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Greenberg Traurig's Entertainment Practice Negotiating Live 8 Deals

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Greenberg Traurig's Los Angeles firm is negotiating worldwide media coverage, US talent contracts, merchandising, licensing deals and more for the upcoming Live 8 concert.

Jay Cooper, a respected music industry veteran and chair of Greenberg Traurig's Los Angeles entertainment practice, is leading a team of firm shareholders who are negotiating every aspect of Live 8. Also involved is Diane Blagman, senior director of government affairs out of the firm's Washington D.C. office.

Steve Katleman is responsible for negotiating contracts and licensing agreements with all media covering the concerts worldwide including US networks, ABC, MTV and VH1, an AOL Webcast, radio broadcasts by XM Satellite Radio and Premiere Radio and any global sales of concert footage. Katleman is well known for representing production entities that supply programming to broadcasters and distributors as well as talent in the motion picture and television industries.

Kenneth Burry is responsible for negotiating all agreements with US artists who are donating their time and talent to for the Philadelphia concert. Burry has extensive experience in contract negotiations for recording artists, producers and composers as well as publishing, soundtrack album and management agreements.

Mario Gonzalez is responsible for all production and merchandising deals including licensing of the Live 8 logo. He also negotiated all contracts with the City of Philadelphia and the liability insurance associated with the concert there on July 2.

Concerts such as Live 8 are not new to Cooper who was involved in all the talent deals, agreements with record companies, television shows and online, as well as licensing, merchandising and more for We Are The World, Hands Across America, the Olympics, the World Cup and NetAid. Blagman, who assisted in the creation of the US office of the Band Aid Trust, is working with Bob Geldof and promoter Harvey Goldsmith to create greater awareness and promote the goals of Live 8 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The current talent line-up for Live 8-Philadelphia at the Museum of Art includes:

Will Smith (host)
Bon Jovi
Maroon 5
P Diddy
Stevie Wonder
The Dave Matthews Band
Sarah McLachlan
Rob Thomas
Keith Urban
50 Cent
Destiny's Child
Kaiser Chiefs
Linkin Park