Amanda has a diverse entertainment practice that includes matters related to television, film, music, radio, and publishing. As a former television producer for the Central Florida PBS station WUCF, Amanda co-produced the Emmy award-winning show “ONE” and received a 2013 Bronze Telly Award. Stemming from this background, Amanda has a passion for broadcasting and a deep understanding of the complex legal issues that entertainment clients face. Amanda counsels a variety of clients including artists, musicians, film and television producers, radio and television stations, record and publishing companies, new media companies, advertisers, DJs, authors, and other related ventures in nearly every area of entertainment law. She represents clients on a wide variety of matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, licensing, copyright, trademark, litigation, intellectual property disputes, advertising, privacy, and formation and financing of entertainment companies.

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Amanda represents businesses and individuals in intellectual property protection issues, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patent litigation.  She works with radio and television stations, new media companies, artists and musicians, inventors, and entrepreneurs to both register protections and litigate disputes regarding those protections.

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Amanda represents media and broadcasting companies, radio and television stations, and publications in matters involving FCC regulatory compliance, licensing, copyright, contracts, and various other issues.  A former television producer, Amanda brings her deep understanding of the broadcasting industry to bear for her clients’ concerns.

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Co-chair, Communications Committee, Sports & Entertainment Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association

Volunteer leader, Cru at NC State University

Co-presenter (with Coe Ramsey), "New Era in Music Licensing: The Music Modernization Act," UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 2019

Presenter, “From Consent to Copyrights: How to Avoid Legal Pitfalls in Your Digital Marketing,” GMA Digital Marketing Institute seminar, August 29, 2018

Panelist for discussion of the impact of the #MeToo movement on the sports and entertainment industry, Wake Forest University School of Law, April 2018

Note, The Complexities of Music Licensing and the Need for a Revised Legal Regime, 52 Wake Forest L. Rev. 267 (2017).

Coca-Cola Versus Dr. Pepper: Cola War Over “Zero” Trademark, Wake Forest J. of Bus. & Intell. Prop. L. Blog (Mar. 17, 2016),

Caught in the Web: SCOTUS’ Recent Decision Regarding Patent Royalties, Wake Forest J. of Bus. & Intell. Prop. L. Blog (July 8, 2015),

My passion for the law stems from my passion for storytelling. While a television producer for the Central Florida PBS station, I met and interviewed a variety of people and heard their intimate stories: A man who served in the Navy during the Iraq war and deals with his post-traumatic stress disorder by drawing a daily comic; a photographer whose portraits of high school students are striking up community conversations on the high school dropout rate crisis; a woman who creates sculptures as a means of communicating her parents’ struggle as Holocaust survivors. I loved telling stories that described the human experience and both educated and entertained audiences.

The best part about being an entertainment and media lawyer is that I get to help clients tell these very same captivating and inspiring stories. My experience in the industry gives me a unique legal perspective in which to serve clients. 

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Speaking Engagements

June 28, 2019

Brooks Pierce Attorneys Present on Intellectual Property

Brooks Pierce attorneys David Sar and Amanda Whorton presented at the annual WithIt Conference on June 25 in Alexandria, Virginia. The presentation, entitled “Licensing: Turning Furniture Designs, Brands and Other Intellectual Property into Profits,” detailed best practices for licensing in the...Read more
May 10, 2018

Brooks Pierce Attorney Serves as Panelist at Wake Law School Event

Brooks Pierce attorney Amanda Whorton served as a panelist for a discussion on the #MeToo movement at an event at the Wake Forest University Law School on April 18. The discussion was hosted by two Wake Law School student organizations, Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Women in Law, and was...Read more

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