BESLA’s Board consists of legal professionals who work in and/or have an interest in sports, entertainment, and media.  The regionally diverse Board members are engaged in their local communities and work to develop partnerships between BESLA, industry, and the legal education community.  The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.

Douglas ‘Tony’ Brackett, Esq.

Tony Brackett graduated Summa Cum Laude from Benedict College with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Broadcast and News Editorial Journalism. At the University of South Carolina School of Law, he was member of the National Moot Court Team, the Order of Barristers (top eight) for Moot Court and a student prosecutor for the Honor Council.

His first job out of law school was with the Law Office of Franchot Brown where he was a litigation attorney in contracts and domestic law and handled criminal and trusts and estates cases. While there, he began developing an entertainment law practice representing local artists and producers.

In August 2000 he started working for ABC News, as Associate Director or Rights, Clearances and Permissions Practices. This position required him to protect the Intellectual Property of ABC News. He was responsible for negotiating, drafting, and executing all licensing agreements for studios, networks, and production companies that requested footage from ABC news shows and specials, including 20/20, Nightline, World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and Primetime Live. He supervised a permissions staff on footage requests and facilitated videotape production of segments for licensing. He also negotiated disputes over improper use of ABC footage. He was promoted to Director in 2004 and in February 2008, he was promoted to Executive Director of Licensing & Permissions, working for the SVP of Business Affairs at ABC News, adding to his job responsibilities the negotiating of production company deals, producer and talent agreements, and concert specials and cable network programming. In December of 2012, he accepted a position with the Walt Disney Company and moved to Burbank to work for the Disney Channel/ABC Cable Networks Group as Executive Director of Business Affairs. He was promoted to Vice President in 2015.

In December 2017, he left Disney to begin a new role at Netflix as Director, Business and Legal Affairs in Kids and Family Programming.   Some of his responsibilities include structuring and negotiating deals for “above-the line” talent, drafting and negotiating option purchase agreements, handling acquisitions of movies and series, and other general business and legal matters for the Kids and Family creative team. 


He has been a member of BESLA since 1993.

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