Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney Mitra Ahouraian launched her legal career working with globally-renouned firms, developing a foundation in Business Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Corporate Law before branching off into Entertainment. With degrees from both UCLA and Loyola Law School, and a specialty from UCLA in Entertainment Studies with an emphasis in Business and Legal Affairs, Ahouraian has worked in legal affairs at MTV, has worked on the merger of 2 major record labels, and has been of-counsel to several high-profile breach of contract and copyright cases involving artists, major studios, and record companies. Her entertainment practice specializes in film and entertainment financing, negotiating and structuring artist and production deals, and all intellectual property and corporate matters, including rights clearance, licensing, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Ahouraian has extensive experience in film, music, and books, and served as General Counsel to independent book and audio book publisher Phoenix Books, for whom she negotiated and drafted hundreds of book and audio book publishing agreements and other agreements pertaining to titles which include Larry King's My Remarkable Journey, Carl Reiner's most recent books, Robert Evan's The Kid Stays in the Picture, Bill Maher's audio books, and books by Governor Rod Blagojevich, CNN host Jim Moret, and Gene Simmons, to name just a few.
Ahouraian’s film experience includes finance and production legal for the film Girl Soldier, starring Uma Thurman, and production deals for Battlefield America. Her film practice specializes in intellectual property, film finance, corporate law, and production advising on all aspects of motion picture and television development, financing, production and distribution. She represents actors, writers, directors, producers, financiers and lenders. Ahouraian firm Goodloe Law, whose principal clients have included Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures, Miramax Films, Warner Bros. Pictures, Endemol Group B.V., Fallbrook Credit Finance and an array of independent producers for whom they have advised the structuring and allocation of over 1 billion USD.
Ahouraian is also a founding member and general counsel to Crimson World, LLC, an independent artist development company co-founded by a recording artist in partnership with Universal Music Group, and backed by Grammy award-winning producers and songwriters. In this capacity, she established the corporate structure, put together investment packages, and negotiated and drafted investment agreements, along with recording and production agreements with artists and producers, such as complex360° artist agreements. With an in-depth understanding of the music industry, and foresight, creativity and keen business sense, Ahouraian helped Crimson World develop a comprehensive business model to monetize music within a changing landscape, using recording artists as the platform for developing assets in all media.