Segun is an experienced transactional attorney who focuses his practice on entertainment, technology, corporate, intellectual property and general business transactions. Through his practice at an international law firm as well as the Big Law, Segun advised "name brand" clients, from inception through closing, on transactions covering corporate formation, partnership and joint venture agreements, negotiation of organization documents, licensing and distribution of entertainment content, production legal work in the motion picture and TV industry, talent agreements for above the line talent like writers, actors, directors and producers as well as below the line talent, corporate and project finance, merger and acquisition, business financing and venture capital, copyright and trademark registration, analysis and general advice and internet technology transactions covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, software licensing, master services agreement and cloud storage services agreement. Segun is a licensed attorney in the State of California and Nigeria. He is also a public speaker and facilitator at events that provide capacity building for artists, talent, and independent producers in the media and entertainment industry.

Earlier in his career, Segun was an Associate at Aluko & Oyebode, a first-tier full service commercial law firm in Nigeria. He also worked in the In-House Legal Department of Bank of America, N.A. and Business and Legal Affairs of BET Networks, a Viacom Company. He was a Contract Attorney at the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP.

Segun obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (JD Equivalent) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 2008, graduating in the top 5% of his class, where he participated in the Moot and Mock Trials and Debates and contributed to the Law Faculty’s Law Review. He was licensed as an attorney in 2009 after graduating from the Nigerian Law School. In 2012, he obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law from the University of Southern California Law School.

Our excellent drafting, research, advisory, advocacy and negotiation skills as well as business relationships within the industry position us to advise clients and businesses interested in general corporate transactions, software technology transactions, production, co-production, distribution, licensing, financing and joint venture opportunities for entertainment content, branding and related rights. We provide legal and business solutions to businesses, corporate organizations, brand entities, startups, independent production companies, business professionals and entertainment professionals including actors, writers, directors and producers and below-the-line talent across our practice areas. We engage a personal, passionate and consistent approach in catering to the needs of our clients, by anticipating litigation in the negotiation and drafting process towards protecting our clients’ interests. We also collaborate with other competent attorneys with cutting-edge practice and other experienced professionals in the industry in providing excellent services for our clients.

Our practice areas include:

  • General Corporate Transactions - business and corporate formation, structuring and governance, Corporation By-Law and LLC Operating Agreement, mergers and acquisitions, project and corporate finance, business financing and venture capital, partnership agreements, joint venture, special purpose vehicle (SPV) for investment purposes, license agreement, distribution agreement, other vendor agreements, non-disclosure agreements, settlement agreement and general release, employment and independent contractor agreements;

  • Media and Entertainment Transactions - film and television production legal work, entertainment financing (bank loan and security agreements, pre-sale, gap, bridge and mezzanine financing), licensing and distribution (traditional - rent a theater, studio deal and IFTA Distribution Agreement - and digital media - VOD, EST, OTT, IPTV and other Internet License Agreements), literary rights option/purchase, showrunner/EP agreement, production services agreement, co-production agreement, shopping agreement, output agreement, other talent agreements (writer, actor (Schedule F), director as well as below-the-line talent), modeling services agreement, artist representation, endorsement and marketing agreement, sweepstakes and contest policies, songwriter collaboration agreement, exclusive recording agreement, synchronization and music license agreement, rights clearance, privacy rights, first amendment, art consignment and art sale/purchase agreements;

  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law - copyright and trademark registration, analysis and licensing, domain name registration and licensing, website term of use and privacy policy, software licensing and enterprise platform licensing including SaaS, IaaS and PaaS, Master License Agreement, Master Services Agreement, Cloud Storage Services Agreement, Web Hosting and Development Agreement, Internet License Agreement and Game Developer Agreement.

September 28th, 2015

Nollywood May Be Ready for Its “First Big” Right of Publicity Lawsuit

Nollywood – Africa’s biggest motion picture industry – might be ready for its “first big” right of publicity lawsuit. Nigeria’s foremost comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as “AY” (he goes by “aycomedian” on his Instagram page) posted on Instagram a disclaimer about a print ad for a movie entitled “The Number One Fan” which the… read more

August 15th, 2015

Using Co-Production Deals to Get Your Movie Made

The life of a filmmaker is very interesting. In fact the process of transforming that idea into a movie with lots of box office receipt, if the filmmaker is lucky, is far more interesting. While many processes towards getting the idea into a movie abound, co-production if properly structured can be a veritable process towards… read more

June 29th, 2015

Before You Form the Band, Think About the Business and Legal Issues

A client recently asked me to prepare a cease and desist letter to be sent to his former band members. He was less concerned about the physical assets of the band but more about the intangible assets – the intellectual property – of the band. He was so much into the creative process when the… read more