Judith B. Bass

Judith B. Bass

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in New York, NY

Law Offices of Judith B. Bass
 | 1325 Avenue of the Americas, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-873-6568
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (50%),
  • Media and Advertising (30%),
  • Intellectual Property (20%)
Attorney Profile

Judy Bass is a media and entertainment attorney with over thirty years of experience at a firm, in-house and as a business affairs executive at premier media and entertainment companies. She currently has her own practice dedicated to addressing the needs of companies and individuals in the creative community. She concentrates on literary publishing and option deals, television, film, animation, theater, digital media and licensing.  Her clients include major book and magazine publishers, authors, content creators and developers, children’s television and film producers and property owners, podcast developers, reality show producers and talent, television chefs and cookbook authors, documentary film producers and directors, non-profit theater, licensing companies and digital media entities.

Judy started her career at the law firm of Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance). She then spent over twelve years at Time Inc., first in the Time Inc. Law Department where she served as Associate General Counsel. She left the Law Department to become the first and only Director of Business Affairs for her clients, Sports Illustrated and Sports Illustrated for Kids Magazines. She then joined CBS as Vice President of Business Affairs at CBS Enterprises where was responsible for the structuring and negotiation of all contractual arrangements for CBS Broadcast International, CBS Video and CBS Consumer Products. After leaving CBS, she became the Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs of Marvel Enterprises, working on matters involving Spider-Man and other members of Marvel’s vast character library.

Judy served as Chair of the Entertainment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2013 to 2016 and is currently a member of the Communications and Media Law Committee.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the New York State Bar Association and Co-Chair of the EASL Literary Works Committee. She is also a member of the Media Law Resource Center, the Author’s Guild and New York Women in Film and Television. She is a frequent speaker on bar association and industry panels. Her firm was recently selected as a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms.


About Judith Bass

Admitted: 1977, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.jbbasslaw.com/biography/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Executive Committee, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL), New York State Bar Association (2011-present) Co-Chair, Literary Works Committee, EASL (2011-present), 2017
  • Chair, Entertainment Law Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2013-2016, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author, "'Hybrid' Publishing: Best of Both Worlds?", EASL Journal, Spring 2017.  Speaker, "Introduction to Book and E-Book Contracts/TV/Film Option Deals", Arts Business Incubators Program, NYFA, January 2017. Moderator, “Native Content and Influencer Advertising: The Business “Why” and the Legal “How”, New York State Bar Association, Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section, June 2016. Moderator, “Traditional and New Trends in Trade Book Publishing”, New York State Bar Association, June 2015. Co-Chair and Moderator, “Attorneys, Agents and Managers in the Entertainment Industry: Roles and Relationships”, New York City Bar Association, May 2015. Moderator and Panelist, “Crowd-Sourced Editorial Content: Business and Legal Issues”, Digital Book World,  January 2014. Co-Chair, Co-Moderator, “E-Books, Apps, Self-Publishing and Other Challenges,” New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section Annual Meeting, Jan. 2012. Co-Chair, Co-Moderator, “E-Books: The Sequel—Rights, Wrongs and Realities,” New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section Fall Meeting, November 2012. “Cariou v. Prince: Fair Use or Unfair?”—EASL Journal, Summer 2011 “Literary Works Law, Version 2.0: A Look Back and a Look Ahead” --EASL Journal, Spring 2013

Industry Groups

  • Digital Media
  • Publishing
  • Television And Film
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Office Location for Judith B. Bass

1325 Avenue of the Americas
27th Floor
New York, NY 10019

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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