USC Gould Search

Lecturers in Law

Daniel Yankelevits

Daniel Yankelevits

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA




Daniel Yankelevits is Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City, California. His primary responsibilities include negotiating and drafting talent agreements, financing agreements, rights agreements and other agreements relating to motion picture projects (both animated and live-action). Prior to his tenure at Sony Pictures, Yankelevits was a business affairs executive in the motion picture group at DreamWorks, where he negotiated agreements relating to all aspects of many feature films, including "Catch Me If You Can" and "Win A Date with Tad Hamilton." He previously served as director of business and legal affairs at New Line Cinema, and as director of business affairs for Home Box Office (HBO), where he helped structure the deals for series such as “The Sopranos.”

Prior to teaching Entertainment Law and Industry at USC Gould School of Law, Yankelevits taught a class at UCLA Extension entitled "Negotiating Talent Agreements and Motion Picture Contracts." He is the co-author of Hollywood Dealmaking (Allworth Press, 2002), and has written several articles about the motion picture industry. He served as chairman of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Section, from 1998-1999 and currently is a member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society. Yankelevits also serves on the planning committee for the Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, held annually at USC.

Yankelevits earned his JD at Harvard Law School and studied Philosophy as an undergraduate at Binghamton University in New York. He began his legal career at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Washington Post
February 14, 2018
Re: Orin Kerr

Orin Kerr had comments cited about a possible payment President Donald Trump's lawyer made to an adult-film star to remain silent about a sexual relationship with Trump. “All Cohen says is that he used his personal funds to ‘facilitate a payment of $130,000,'” Kerr writes. “To ‘facilitate’, the dictionary tells us, means to assist with or to make something easier. Given that, I would think that the most literal reading of Cohen’s statement is just that he used his own funds to arrange the payment.” MSNBC also cited the comments.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Jonathan Barnett
December, 2017

"The Costs of Free: Commoditization, Bundling and Concentration," Journal of Institutional Economics.

Edward Kleinbard
December, 2017

Edward Kleinbard wrote an op-ed, “Tax Bill Demonstrates our Nation's Upside Down Fiscal Priorities," posted to The Hill on December 21, 2017.

Jonathan Barnett
December, 2017

Jonathan Barnett participated in a panel discussion on “Supreme Court Patent Cases: Oil States and SAS Industries”, Patent Disputes Forum South, Beverly Hills, CA.