Jed Enlow is currently a solo practitioner running Jed Enlow Law Offices out of an office at Stage 18 at Cinespace. Jed practices entertainment law, primarily representing production companies in the television and film fields. Prior to starting his own firm, Jed was a Partner at Leavens, Strand & Glover, Production Counsel on the Steve Harvey daytime talk show, and Senior Counsel at Harpo Productions. Jed went to law school at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and was a volunteer lawyer for LCA prior to joining the Associate Board.
Q: How did you learn about Lawyers for the Creative Arts and what led you to apply to join the Associate Board?
A: When I was just out of law school, I heard about LCA at a seminar about entertainment law and became a volunteer lawyer to gain experience in the field. My exposure to LCA education and events led to personal connections with nearly all of the best entertainment lawyers in Chicago. When the associate board was created, I was eager to join friends in getting more involved with LCA. I enjoy being connected with other attorneys in the arts world of Chicago, and generally being exposed to like-minded individuals who support the arts and are willing to donate their time and energy to do so.
What’s your favorite LCA memory?
I have had some great times at the Spring Shindy, including a great set from The Way Down Wanderers, but probably my favorite memory was an introduction to Howard and Darlene Sandifer as pro bono clients in 2005. I have stayed in touch with them to this day, and serve on the board of directors for their non-profit music school on the west side, Chicago West Community Music Center, www.cwcmc.org.
What types of LCA matters have you taken on?
I have taken several television and film production matters, from specific rights clearance issues to general protection and structure advising.
What has it been like working with our clients? How does it differ from your job at your firm?
Some of my clients who were originally LCA referrals have become steady enduring clients over many years. In most cases I don’t see a big difference between working with LCA clients and working with clients at my own firm.
What advice would you give to an attorney who is considering taking an LCA matter?
Don’t be afraid to ask for backup or guidance from a more experienced attorney in a particular field.
Do you have any personal background in the arts?
I grew up as a singer, from church choirs to glee clubs and rock bands. In college, and briefly after, I sang in a jam band and had the time of my life. When we didn’t make it big, I decided to go to law school and try to help other artists navigate legal issues.
What about the arts in Chicago strikes you as unique?
There is a vibrant and collaborative film-making scene in Chicago. I think there is a real sense of pride and dedication to Chicago that spreads to everything created here.
How does LCA support the arts in Chicago and why do you think this work is so vital to the arts?
From what I’ve seen, LCA is the most impactful arts-based legal support organization anywhere. For artists to know they have access to LCA support helps drive them past obstacles that might stop others in their tracks.
Which tv-show/movie/song/book have you recently finished that you would recommend?
I love the new Fleet Foxes record and can’t wait for new episodes of Billions to be released.
What's a fun fact about you?
During the short lived “Rosie Show,” I was featured in a segment as the man on the bleep button, including a training montage. I think it’s still on YouTube. It is! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiMTAJjw1ns
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