How This Entertainment And Sports Attorney Is Bringing Diversity To Both Industries
Meet Jaia Thomas, a Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment attorney with over ten years of experience. She represents film producers, television writers, and various industry talent, assisting them with intellectual property and transactional matters. Thomas has negotiated deals with several networks including ABC, NBC, HBO and Bravo and assists professional athletes with brand protection and production company formation.
Thomas is currently an adjunct professor at UCLA, where she teaches about law and the entertainment industry. Prior to being a professor at UCLA, she was an adjunct professor at American University in Washington D.C. where she taught graduate students about the inner workings of production company formation. She has guest lectured at several colleges and universities, including Stanford Law School and Georgetown Law School.
Thomas recently launched Diverse Representation, a platform aimed at increasing the exposure and number of African-American agents, attorneys, managers and publicists working in the sports and entertainment industries, due to noticing a void in both industries. In addition to hosting various education events, Diverse Representation provides the first-ever comprehensive database of African-American agents, attorneys, managers and publicists who work in the sports and entertainment industry throughout the country. In September, Diverse Representation launched a scholarship specifically for future sports agents. This fall, Diverse Representation will be partnering with several HBCU’s to begin building a pipeline for African-American students interested in pursuing careers as sports and entertainment agents, attorneys, managers, and publicists.
I spoke with Thomas about her experiences with being an entertainment and sports attorney, why she created Diverse Representation and where she sees the company in the next five years. (read more)