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

'GMA' Names a New Co-Host

Posted April 18, 2014 at 1:37 PM

ABC's top-ranked morning show "Good Morning America" is reaching into its own ranks to find its newest co-host. Joining Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos as a co-host will be Lara Spencer, reports. "Spencer has been on the show......

'Saturday Night Live' Plans Three-Hour Anniversary Special

Posted April 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

NBC's late-night sketch comedy institution "Saturday Night Live" is planning a three-hour special to celebrate its anniversary. reports that the special will honor 40 years on the air next February. "The live special honoring the late-night sketch series......

Could the 'Other' Jimmy Become King of Late-Night? Special 'Kimmel' Installment Shakes Up the Rankings

Posted April 18, 2014 at 1:21 PM

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" got a ratings boost Thursday night from a special episode that rode the coattails of the network's high-rated "Scandal" season finale. "For the first time since Jimmy Fallon took over 'The Tonight Show' this year,......

CBS Series Finale Sinks to the Show's Lowest Rating of All Time

Posted April 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM

A CBS prime-time series ended its run Thursday night, and the show's final episode failed to even match the ratings for its lead-in, the series' second-to-last episode. Based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo, the finale of......

ABC Family Orders Paranormal Crime Project

Posted April 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

ABC Family is greenlighting a project described as a paranormal crime procedural drama. reports that the cable net gave a pilot order to "Stitchers," written by Jeffrey A. Schechter ("Overruled"). "'Stitchers' follows a young woman recruited into a......