Brian Fielding

Brian Fielding Business Lawyer New York

Senior Counsel
Phone: 973-432-5077 
Email: bfielding@outsidegc.com

Brian Fielding has over 30 years experience as an attorney, business executive, and consultant in digital media, broadcasting, technology and software licensing. He was on the senior leadership team for 16 years at Audible.com, during its initial start-up and rapid growth phases and for five years after it was acquired by Amazon.com. Prior to Audible, Brian lived the dream by working in the Sports Division of CBS Television Network, for 9 years as Director of Programming and VP Business Affairs.  

As Senior Counsel with Outside GC, Brian provides digital media companies with business-strategy focused guidance and together with general legal services with a focus on transactional work. Brian’s clients include DeCoded and Earth Media Partners.

Brian joined Audible in 1997 as the lead content and business development deal-maker and was Audible’s EVP for Corporate Development from 2005-2012. He played a key role in setting Audible’s strategic and operational direction, including managing the relationship with Audible's mission critical 3rd party distribution partner, Apple/iTunes. He managed international development and expansion opportunities, including all non-domestic content acquisition, and was responsible for Audible’s Japan operations. He oversaw content negotiations with the major publishers in the US and Europe.

From 1997 – 2005, he served as Audible’s EVP, Content & Business & Legal Affairs, and functioned as de facto in-house counsel, responsible for managing content acquisition, content partner relationships, co-marketing and technology deals. Brian structured and negotiated strategic business development deals, including marketing and technology partnerships, and the first digital-only publishing imprint - Random House Audible. He developed the digital publishing concept of "direct-to-digital"(D2D), now a paradigm for co-publishing and catalog deals between publishers and digital distributors.  Brian managed Audible Original Production Studios. Brian’s deals included ground-breaking internet production/distribution deals with Robin Williams (in 1999) and Ricky Gervais (in 2005). He worked on Audible’s initial co-marketing deal with Amazon in 2000, and negotiated seminal deals with Microsoft and Apple, the later of which covered the integration of Audible’s firmware into the iPod and made Audible the exclusive global supplier of audiobooks to iTunes, which is still true today over a decade later.

Before Audible, Brian was Vice President, Business Affairs and Director of Programming at CBS Sports where he was responsible for sports rights and talent negotiations. He was responsible for all transactional negotiations with the IOC, the USOC and the respective local organizing committees for the1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics.

Prior to joining CBS, Brian was the associate attorney in the NYC boutique entertainment and sports focused law firm Ryan & Fogerty where he worked on a wide variety of transactions, with a specialty in television broadcast rights (e.g. Augusta National Golf Club & The Masters golf tournament), home video rights, music, trademark licensing and broadcaster’s personal service agreements.

Brian graduated from the University of Michigan (Philosophy & Music) and received his JD from New York Law School. He grew up in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. After graduating from U of M, he lived and played music in Detroit before moving to New York City’s TriBeca neighborhood where he lived for almost 20 years prior to moving to Montclair, NJ with his wife and now-grown kids. Brian is a jazz pianist and composer and releases his first album of original music in November 2015, An Appropriate Response, Volume 1, and is working on Volume 2.