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Nigerian Music Industry Talks: Opportunities for Young Lawyers in the Entertainment Industry

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There have been diverse Nigerian Music Industry conversations on Instagram Live during this COVID19 lockdown have largely focused on other entertainment industry professional except lawyers. We also haven’t seen many focus on young lawyers in the entertainment industry, but Nigerian Entertainment Lawyer Akinyemi Ayinoluwa bucks this trend with a series titled, ‘Opportunities for Young Lawyers in Entertainment’ which zooms in on opportunities for young lawyers.

Watch some of his latest interviews and be prepared to take notes if you are a young lawyer.

In addition, listen to my throwback interview with Akinyemi, as a further resource, where he shares his own journey to becoming an entertainment lawyer in Nigeria.
AML throwback interview with Akinyemi Ayinoluwa on How to Become an Entertainment Lawyer.

Akinyemi’s interview with Folakemi Falana, Entertainment Lawyer whose clientele also includes her sibling, recording hip-hop artist Falz. She is a Partner at F & F Legal Consulting (boutique entertainment law firm), and a Senior Associate at Falana & Falana Chambers.

Akinyemi’s interview with Layo Gbadamosi.
Nigerian born Entertainment Lawyer and Fashion Designer Layo Gbadamosi is an executive at one of the biggest Hollywood entertainment companies in the world. She also designs work-wear for women under Layo G., her eponymous fashion brand. Layo currently resides in the United States and works in the New York branch of Endeavor Content and Film 45, under the Endeavor umbrella, which owns the world renowned WME talent agency.

In the early phase of her career, Layo focused on Fashion Law and spent years learning about the business of fashion while interning and working in the legal departments of Burberry, Coach, Saks Fifth Avenue, Stuart Wietzman and more. Upon obtaining her law license in 2013, Layo served as the sole Counsel and Legal Director for one of the top evening dress designers in the world, Jovani Fashions.

After almost 2 years with Jovani, Layo moved on to establish a successful career as an Entertainment Lawyer in the television and film industry. She worked at Viacom where she was Director of Business and Legal Affairs at BET Networks. After almost 4 years, she was offered a position at IMG Original Content now known as Endeavor Content as an Entertainment Lawyer and Business executive, where she still works now. At Endeavor Content, Layo was business and legal affairs executive on shows like “Being Serena” about the world famous tennis player Serena Williams. She also worked on shows such as “Juventus”, which was a series on Netflix following the Italian soccer team; and “Innocence Files”, currently streaming on Netflix. She has negotiated and worked on programs that are broadcast on Amazon Prime, HBO, Netflix, Disney+, Disney Channel and much more. She has negotiated against and on behalf of some of the biggest names in entertainment and media, closed multi-million dollar deals and negotiated very complex deals with various high level stakeholders involved.


Akinyemi Ayinoluwa’s Interview with Segun Aluko
Segun Aluko is an associate in the entertainment, technology, and advertising practice group of Sheppard Mullin, a leading AmLaw firm.

He was recently a business affairs executive at William Morris Endeavor (WME), the leading literary and talent agency. He started his career as a corporate attorney at the prestigious Nigerian law firm – Aluko & Oyebode.

Segun’s practice focuses on motion picture and television deals across development, production, distribution and licensing. He also advises on corporate transactions covering M&A, venture capital and private equity, emerging markets, and finance.

Segun is a licensed attorney in the state of California and Nigeria. He’s also a public speaker at events that provide capacity building for entrepreneurs as well as artist, talent, and producers in the entertainment industry.

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Africa Music Law™

AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. She has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts and handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia.

Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, The American University School of Law and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA including ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
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