Jonathan Handel

Jonathan Handel practices transactional entertainment and technology law at TroyGould in Los Angeles. He has previously worked as a talent lawyer; as associate counsel of the Writers Guild; and as a litigator. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California in 2008.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College in applied math and computer science, Handel worked for several years in the computer industry before attending Harvard Law School. He graduated cum laude in 1990, and then clerked for a federal appeals judge.

Handel has appeared about 450 times in international, national and local television, radio, print and online media, including ABC, CBS and NBC nightly news programs, cable news networks, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, NPR, wire services, trade press, The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, and even the London Star tabloid. He blogs at, the Huffington Post and AlwaysOn, and has published op-ed pieces in the L.A. Times and other outlets.

Handel is the author of a short book for technology executives, entitled How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets, available on Amazon. An article by Handel on trademarking movie titles was selected as the cover article of the April 2008 issue of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, and another article, on the struggle between content and technology, appeared April 2009 in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law.

Handel has also presented seminars on the entertainment industry to professional audiences in Los Angeles, Park City (at the Sundance Film Festival), Nashville (Vanderbilt Law School), Taiwan, and Havana. For several years, he taught a film appreciation and screening class (approximately 400 students) for UCLA Extension.

Recent Stories by Jonathan Handel

Israeli Foreign Minister Says the Enemy Is ... a TV Network

Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

"Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has set his sights on a new enemy," Variety reports. That enemy, according to the report, is the TV network Al Jazeera. The report quotes Lieberman saying: “Al Jazeera has abandoned even the semblance......

Here's the One Simple Trick NBC and ABC Have Used to Elevate Their Images

Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Broadcast networks NBC and ABC have reportedly improved their public images lately, and the reason may be simple. Writing in The New York Times, veteran TV observer Bill Carter writes that it's all about their new late-night lineups, and......

What Is It This Time? A&E Is Sued Over 'Duck Dynasty'

Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for A&E's onetime ratings juggernaut "Duck Dynasty," which endured a feeding frenzy in the media late last year -- not to mention a subsequent plunge in ratings -- after comments by Robertson family......

Fox's Pursuit of Time Warner May Awaken Other Suitors

Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Efforts by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to bring Time Warner into the tent may spark acquisition interest among other would-be buyers, the Los Angeles Times reports. Even after TW rejected Murdoch's initial $80 billion offer, and after the......

TLC Rolls Out New Brand Campaign ... Maybe You Can Guess the New Tagline

Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

TLC may have once stood for The Learning Channel, but the cable channel's new tagline seems custom-fitted to a different use of the three-letter abbreviation, which is commonly used to indicate "tender loving care." The new tagline, reports,......