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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, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-873-6568
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1977
Practice Areas: Entertainment & Sports, Media and Advertising, Intellectual Property
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, podcasts, 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 (NYSBA) and Co-Chair of the EASL Literary Works Committee, as well as a member of NYSBA's Comittee on Media Law. 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 and often chairs and organizes bar association programs.


About Judith B. Bass

First Admitted: 1977, New York

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Educational Background

  • Jackson College of Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1973

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • We reviewed some of the standard terms and conditions in a trade book contract such as author and publisher termination rights, force majeure/delays in publication, bankruptcy, warranties, indemnities and insurance, and option and competitive works clauses. Several of these clauses deserved a closer look and re-evaluation during these current pandemic times., Moderator and Chair, Publishing Contracts--Boilerplate Provisions Newly Significant Now, New York State Bar Association, Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section, Publishing, Entertainment, 2020
  • In August 2020, both houses of the New York State Legislature passed a bill establishing a right of publicity in New York for the first time. The bill also provides for a private right of action for unlawful dissemination of sexually explicit depictions of individuals., Author, A Right of Publicity Bill in New York State Has Finally Passed and Is Awaiting Governor Cuomo's Signature, New York State Bar Association, Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section, Blog, Entertainment, Film And Television, Media Law, Publishing, 2020
  • Analysis of development of e-publishing, including e-books, self-publishing, hybrid publishing and other models., Co-Author, "Digital Publishing: E-Books, Self-Publishing and Other Models,” a chapter in Siegel on Entertainment Law (2018). , Siegel on Entertainment Law, 2018
  • Moderated, chaired and organized program on underlying rights in all media for annual meeting of New York State Bar Association EASL section, January 2019, Chair and Moderator, “Underlying Rights in All Media: Adaptation/Option Deals and Challenges from Rights Owners” , Annual Meeting, Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law (EASL) Section of the New York State Bar Association, January 2019, 2019
  • Analysis of the hybrid publisher criteria issued by the Independnet Book Publishers Association., Co-Author, Best Practices for Hybrid Publishers: A Look at the New IBPA Hybrid Publisher Criteria, NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, 2018
  • Practical advice on negotiating book and e-book contracts., Speaker, "Introduction to Book and E-Book Contracts/TV/Film Option Deals", New York Foundation for the Arts, Arts Business Incubators Program, 2017
  • An analysis of hybrid publishing., Co-Author, "Hybrid' Publishing: Best of Both Worlds?", EASL Journal, Spring 2017. , NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, 2017
  • A summary of major developments in publishing in the last 30 years., Co-Author, 30 Developments in Publishing in 30 Years: A Review of New Business Models, Trends and Court Cases from 1988 to 2018, NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Mishinnah Productions, Board Member, 2020
  • West Side Campaign Against Hunger, Board Member, 2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Co-Chair, Literary Property Committee, EASL Section, New York State Bar Association, 2020
  • Member, Committee on Media Law, New York State Bar Association, 2020
  • Member, Copyright Society, 2020
  • Member, Media Law Resource Center, 2020
  • 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), 2020
  • Chair, Entertainment Law Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2013-2016 Member, Communications and Media Law Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2017-2020, Member, Copyright and Literary Property Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2020-present., 2020

Industry Groups

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

1325 Avenue of the Americas
28th Floor
New York, NY 10019

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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