Gabe Fleet advises clients on their highest stakes matters within the music, entertainment, and digital media industries.

Mr. Fleet leverages more than two decades of music, technology, and entertainment industry experience, including as a senior executive for a leading entertainment and media company, to help the most innovative companies in the world solve their hardest music- and entertainment-related problems.

Some representative clients include:

  • iHeartMedia
  • Live Nation
  • OpenAI
  • Snap 
  • SoundCloud
  • Stability AI
  • TouchTunes
  • TuneIn
  • Several of the world’s largest and most well-known technology companies

Mr. Fleet's practice includes representing technology companies, media companies, brand owners, financial investors, and other sophisticated commercial enterprises on all aspects of:

  • Music licensing and other complex commercial transactions with record companies, music publishers, performance rights organizations, and other rightsholders
  • Strategic counseling for companies in the music and digital media space, including with regard to structuring business models, rights clearance strategy, content catalogue build-out, data/financial reporting, and user acquisition/retention
  • Copyright- and entertainment-related aspects of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, and lending transactions
  • Strategic partnerships and other complex commercial transactions in the music, entertainment, and digital media industries
  • Branded entertainment and original content development, production, and distribution
  • Personal service contracts and brand ambassador, sponsorship, and endorsement agreements

Before joining Latham, Mr. Fleet was EVP of Business Affairs and Chief Music Licensing Counsel at iHeartMedia, where he led the company’s business affairs efforts and music licensing strategy. Prior to that role, Mr. Fleet was a partner in the entertainment and media group at another major international law firm. Mr. Fleet also worked as an artist manager and professional drummer prior to law school.

Since 2021, Mr. Fleet has been recognized by Billboard as one of the top lawyers in the music industry.

Mr. Fleet’s experience includes the following:

  • Negotiating complex agreements for dozens of companies (from Fortune 500 public companies to cutting-edge, early-stage start-ups) adverse to record labels, music publishers, performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, GMR, etc.), motion picture studios, television content owners, and other rightsholders regarding the use of music, video, and other content in various media, including "on-demand" and "non-interactive" audio streaming services, social media platforms, radio stations, podcasts, live events, cable networks, video streaming services, fitness services, digital jukeboxes, background music services, metaverse and VR/AR experiences, artificial intelligence products, and a wide variety of game offerings.
  • Representing OpenAI in connection with transactional and strategic counseling matters related to the launch of voice capabilities for their ChatGPT artificial intelligence product
  • Representing H.I.G. Capital in connection with its acquisition of RBMedia, one of the leading audiobook publishers in the world.
  • Representing buyers, sellers, lenders, and other financial stakeholders in connection with major music catalogue acquisitions and lending transactions, including due diligence and navigating complex issues unique to the music industry.*
  • Representing media platforms and content studios in connection with a wide array of agreements related to the creation and monetization of new audiovisual works, podcasts, and other original content. Specific matters have included overseeing all legal aspects of development, production, and distribution for hundreds of podcasts, digital video series, concert films, television specials, and documentaries.*
  • Extensive experience in matters pertaining specifically to the music-related aspects of television and film production and associated marketing, soundtracks, merchandise, and ancillary rights. Specific matters have included overseeing teams of lawyers handling all music-related work for multiple original TV/film content studios at some of the world’s largest and most well-known companies, in connection with over 100 different productions.*
  • Representing brand owners, advertising/marketing agencies, and media companies in connection with the creation and exploitation of branded content and the entertainment-related aspects of advertising, marketing, and promotional campaigns. Specific matters have included work for numerous projects that have won ADDY, CLIO, Cannes Lions, GRAMMY, and EMMY awards, multiple Super Bowl ads, and dozens of campaigns for some of the world’s most significant and well-known technology, fashion, fragrance, automobile, alcohol, hospitality, travel, and media brands.*
  • Negotiating complex, multi-faceted intellectual property license agreements, personal services agreements, and joint venture agreements for celebrity-branded consumer products, restaurants, casinos, and hotel properties. Specific matters have included projects associated with numerous world-famous, celebrity-affiliated lifestyle brands in the gaming, restaurant, hospitality, food and beverage, alcohol, apparel, and consumer products industries.*
  • Negotiating sponsorship agreements, endorsement agreements, co-marketing agreements, and other commercial transactions between and among brand owners, entertainment content rightsowners, and celebrities.*

*Matters handled prior to Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • New York

Education

  • JD, Vanderbilt University Law School, 2008
    Order of the Coif
  • BA, University of Georgia, 2002
    magna cum laude