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Leslie José Zigel is Chair of the Entertainment, Media & Technology Group at Greenspoon Marder. Based in the law firm’s Miami, FL, office, Zigel focuses on music, film, TV and new technology. His clients include musical artists Pitbull, Carlos Vives, the Wailers and Wisin, as well as entertainment companies Endemol Shine Latino, DJ City, and the iii Points and Dirty Bird music festivals. In this interview with Entertainment Law & Finance Editor-in-Chief Stan Soocher, Zigel offers his thoughts on entertainment industry issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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