Columbia College Chicago

Business and Entrepreneurship

Joseph Bogdan

Associate Professor

618 S Michigan, Rm 701
Phone: (312) 369-7761
Email: jbogdan@colum.edu

Biography

Joe Bogdan is a 20+ year veteran of the entertainment industry. He began his career as an attorney in private practice focusing on the leveraged exploitation of entertainment content through new media platforms. He spent the majority of his law firm years at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in Los Angeles, where he concluded his private practice career in 2000.

After private practice, Joe spent 6 years as an entrepreneur, in executive roles with two successive, venture-backed convergence startups: OnAir Streaming Networks, an early music streaming technology company; and Cognitive Concepts, creator of the Earobics® line of early literacy technologies.

Following entrepreneurship, Joe was Sr. V.P. of Business and Legal Affairs for World Wrestling Entertainment, where he held primary responsibility for running the day-to-day operation of the Business Affairs of the company.

Today, while teaching at Columbia College, Joe continues to consult for a variety of clients, from individual entertainment personalities to publicly traded companies, advising primarily on strategies designed to build, manage and generate incremental revenue from content and other intellectual property portfolios.  At Columbia College, Joe teaches Club Management: Practicum, Entrepreneurship, Events Management: Practicum, Managing and Licensing Intellectual Property and The Business of Live and Performing Arts

Mr. Bogdan has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and both an M.A. in Communications Management and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. He previously taught on an adjunct basis at University of Connecticut, Illinois Institute of Technology and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Teaching Interests

Entertainment Media Sports Technology Revenue Generation Profit Maximization Business Affairs Legal Affairs Operations Business Development Corporate Development Entrepreneurship Intellectual Property Licensing Intellectual Asset Management Trademark Copyright Information Technology Mergers and Acquisitions M&A Corporate Law Live & Performing Arts Live Events Commercial Contracts Business Development Team Building Staff Development

Research Interests

Entertainment Media Sports Technology Revenue Generation Profit Maximization Business Affairs Legal Affairs Operations Business Development Corporate Development Entrepreneurship Intellectual Property Licensing Intellectual Asset Management Trademark Copyright Information Technology Mergers and Acquisitions M&A Corporate Law Live & Performing Arts Live Events Commercial Contracts Business Development Team Building Staff Development

Degrees

B.A., English University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1985
J.D., Law University of Southern California 1988
M.A., Communications Management University of Southern California 1988

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