Wednesday, October 27, 2010
12:30 – 2:00 pm
250 Joralemon Street
Attendance to this lecture is by invitation only, and unfortunately now full. For more information, please contact the Office of Events at 718-780-7966.
Allen Grubman ’67
Grubman Indursky & Shire, P.C.
Scroll through Allen Grubman’s client list and you’ll find one A-List celebrity after another. There’s Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, LeBron James, and the list goes on. Clive Davis, Calvin Klein, Diane Sawyer, Tommy Hilfiger, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters, and Robert DeNiro have also sought Grubman’s advice. These are only a small sample of the big-name clients that Grubman has counseled over the years.
A founding father of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grubman has been called “the undisputed king of music entertainment law” by Forbes and “the head of the most powerful entertainment law firm in the country,” by Vanity Fair, which included him in an elite group of “must-see agents, lawyers, and studio heads for any deal worth doing.”
Grubman’s love of the entertainment business goes back to his days as a child singer on the Sunday afternoon Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour. He appeared on the show for three years, from age 11 to 13, but when his voice began to change, his days in show business came to an end. His passion for entertainment, however, lingered.
While attending Brooklyn Law School, Grubman worked as a page for CBS, and after graduating in 1967, he talked his way into a job with Walter Hofer, an entertainment lawyer who represented The Beatles. Grubman started his firm with fellow BLS graduates Paul Schindler ’71 and Arthur Indursky ’67 in 1974. Upon Paul Schindler’s departure, the firm became known as Grubman Indursky & Shire.
Drawing on his 35 years practicing entertainment law, Grubman will focus his lecture on the mechanics of the entertainment business and how they have changed dramatically over time. He will share some of his personal experiences and shed light on what working with some of the biggest names in the business is really like.