Ivy Kagan Bierman
Courtesy of Loeb & Loeb
United States
2022

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Ivy
Kagan
Bierman

Partner / Chair, Entertainment Labor

Kagan Bierman has been especially in-demand in the post-#MeToo era as both an attorney and a pundit. Day to day, she handles management-side guild and union matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, grievances, COVID-19 safety protocols, National Labor Relations Board proceedings, harassment, discrimination and bullying prevention and cultural assessments. Her clients include networks (Adult Swim, Weigel Broadcasting), production companies and animation studios (Fremantle, eOne, Industrial Media, Rick & Morty Productions, ShadowMachine), ad agencies (Mocean) and direct marketing companies (Guthy-Renker). In 2019, she helped end the WGA-talent agency impasse when she negotiated a groundbreaking agreement between Verve Talent & Literary Agency and the guild and helped Time’s Up craft its safety guide for entertainment workers.

Career

  • Directors Guild of America
  • SAG-AFTRA
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP

Education

  • Northwest University (WA, USA)
  • Duke University (NC, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Legal Impact
  • Women's Impact
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Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Ivy Kagan Bierman Came to the Rescue of Many Shows

Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Ivy Kagan Bierman Came to the Rescue of Many Shows

Ivy Kagan Bierman’s father was a jazz trumpet player. Her mother was a ballet dancer.When the Loeb & Loeb partner is honored on Sept. 16 by the Beverly Hills Bar Assn. as its Entertainment Lawyer of the Year, her brother, jazz pianist Shelly Berg, will give a special musical tribute, along with singer Patti Austin.The tribute will take place at a dinner at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.Bierman herself was an actress, singer and dancer in her youth — and even...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Women tend to seek approval before taking action, while men tend to just tell people what they are doing. Always try to take action without seeking approval. This was a game changer for me and I attribute my greater level of success to this advice.”

What or who inspires you?

“People who do things because they are passionate about giving back to others and making a difference, not because they seek money and power.”

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