Alan J. Levine is the Managing Partner of Canon Media Partners (“CMP”) that provides a broad range of operational, business, financial and strategic advice and counsel to clients in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in January of 2010, CMP was the former J.P. Morgan Entertainment Advisors (“EA”), which was formed as a unit of J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. in 2007.
Building on Mr. Levine’s rich experience in the entertainment, communications and convergent media industries – as an attorney, consultant, investment banker and studio executive – CMP is focused on assisting clients in the development and structuring of all forms of business strategies and models and the selection of, and ongoing advice to, management, the assembling of management teams to operate new or existing businesses, the creation of new industry initiatives, and the launching of new media businesses.
Mr. Levine joined the faculty at the USC Gould School of Law in the Fall of 2013. He has taught classes in the Topics in Entertainment Law series entitled Motion Picture Production, Financing & Distribution (Fall 2013) and Deal Structure, Drafting & Negotiation (Spring 2014), and classes in the Business Planning series entitled Structuring and Financing the New Enterprise (Fall 2014 & Fall 2015) and Deal Structure, Drafting & Negotiation (Spring 2015 & Spring 2016).
Mr. Levine is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (“SPE”) having joined SPE when Sony Corp. purchased Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. in 1989. While at SPE, Levine was responsible for all aspects of SPE’s business and corporate operations, which included the motion picture, television, home video, merchandising, exhibition, studio facilities, corporate development, community relations, corporate affairs, legal, finance, human resources and administrative activities of the company worldwide.
As an attorney, Mr. Levine was counsel to the law firm of Ziffren, Brittenham, LLP, and a senior partner at the law firm of Armstrong, Hirsch & Levine. His legal practice consisted of representing individuals and companies in all aspects of the entertainment and media business, including public and private media corporations, independent production and distribution companies, recording and music publishing companies, theatre chains, actors, directors, writers, producers, playwrights, music artists, athletes, executives, agents, and managers.
Mr. Levine holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a J.D. in Law from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the State Bar of California and has served on the Boards of Directors of DreamWorks Studios, Castle Rock Entertainment, and a variety of other civic, charitable and education boards and committees, including the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Boards of Councilors of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Gould School of Law, the Boards of Directors of the USC Associates, the Roundtable of the Museum of Radio & Television, and the Board of Directors of the Frank Sinatra Foundation. Mr. Levine has also lectured at numerous entertainment and media conferences, including presentations at the Harvard Business School, Howard University, UCLA and USC.
Last Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2016