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

CBS Tweaks Prime-Time Schedule After New Series Fails to Take Hold

Posted July 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

CBS is shuffling its prime-time lineup after watching a new series struggle to gain a ratings foothold. reports that the network is moving its new sci-fi series "Extant," just three week into the show's run. "'Extant' is sliding......

ESPN Analyst Stephen A. Smith Apologizes for Domestic Violence Comments -- Here's the Video

Posted July 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Popular ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith, who sparked widespread criticism with remarks he made Friday morning on "First Take" in reference to domestic violence, apologized today for his comments, calling the incident "the most egregious error of my career."......

'Glee' Star Joins 'Sons of Anarchy'

Posted July 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

One of the stars of the Fox musical series "Glee" is signed on for an appearance during the final season of the FX biker drama "Sons of Anarchy." CBS News reports that Lea Michele will be a part of......

'Big Brother' Carries CBS to Ratings Win

Posted July 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

CBS coasted to a ratings win in broadcast prime Sunday night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo, as much of the competition consisted of repeat programming. reports that "Big Brother" slipped one-tenth from a week......

TCA Highlights: Here's a Rundown of What's Coming to TV

Posted July 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

From the campy "Sharknado 2" to serious examinations of the Watergate scandal and the FDR presidency, the second half of the Television Critics Association press tour spotlighted a wide range of programming headed to the broadcast networks and their......