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Gregory
Thomson

Of Counsel
About Gregory

Gregory Thomson is an attorney and strategic advisor based in New York City, with over 25 years of experience in the media, entertainment, and digital media industries, including film and television, music, digital media, and technology.

 

Gregory has headed business affairs for Quincy Jones Productions in Los Angeles, where he negotiated and structured transactions for Quincy Jones’ Warner Bros. affiliated record and music publishing companies. In this capacity, Mr. Thomson had primary responsibility for such complex projects as the “Boyz ‘N The Hood,” “Sarafina,” and “Q’s Jook Joint,” and worked with artists including Ray Charles, Carly Simon, The Winans, and New Order. Thereafter, as an attorney with a leading entertainment boutique, Mr. Thomson represented such clients as Dr. Dre and his record label Aftermath Entertainment. Mr. Thomson has served as an entertainment economics expert witness in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by heirs of rapper Notorious B.I.G, and has represented the estate of lifetime Grammy® winner Gil Scott-Heron, after successfully litigating to obtain sole estate administration rights.
 

Gregory’s clients include film production companies, international recording artists and producers, television production companies, technology startups, technology and entertainment executives, television personalities, and documentary film directors and producers. His current work includes intellectual property and software licensing, small business formation, film financing transactions, private placements, media mergers and acquisitions, corporate sponsorships and endorsements, literary rights acquisitions, distribution agreements, and a wide variety of digital media, music, television and film industry transactions.
 

Currently, Gregory also serves as a strategic advisor to Cornell University, where he advises on complex technology commercialization efforts and licensing agreements, including those involving the University’s equity investments in IT, blockchain, and biotechnology startups, while also advising entrepreneurs in Cornell’s large startup ecosystem. Mr. Thomson is a co-producer of the documentary film SUMMER OF SOUL, winner of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, directed by Questlove and released by Searchlight Pictures.

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Education
J.D.

Yale Law School

M.B.A.

Columbia Business School

B.A.

Yale University

Bar Admissions

New York

California

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