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Joseph P. Salvo


Joseph P. Salvo currently serves as general counsel of Hit Entertainment and vice president and assistant general counsel for Mattel Legal. Hit Entertainment is an international children's entertainment company that owns such preeminent preschool brands as Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, and Angelina Ballerina. Hit is involved in all forms of production and licensing, including television, film, audio, home video, and consumer products.

Prior to becoming general counsel to Hit, Salvo spent 13 years working for a combination of Sony Music, Arista Records, and Sony BMG Music Entertainment, where he was involved in a wide variety of contract, licensing, and intellectual property issues. He personally handled contract negotiations and drafting for such diverse artists as Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Yo-Yo Ma, and John Mayer.

Salvo also served as special counsel at Weil Gotshal and Manges from 2006 to 2008. There he counseled many of the largest Internet music service providers on international publishing and sound recording rights issues. His clients included Apple, MySpace, Yahoo, AOL, Pandora, MediaNet, and Sony. He coordinated the trial team for the United Kingdom (UK) Copyright Tribunal proceeding that set the first-of-its-kind UK publishing rates for Internet distribution of music.

Salvo also serves as a trustee and president of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and is an adjunct professor of law at St John's University School of Law in New York City.

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