Stuart Brotman

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Stuart N. Brotman is an American government policymaker; management consultant; lawyer; educator; author and editorial adviser; and non-profit organization executive. He is recognized as the private sector’s leading authority on The National Broadband Plan.[1]


After graduating summa cum laude from Northwestern University, Brotman received his M.A. in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley where he served as Note and Comment Editor of the California Law Review. He also completed advanced professional training in negotiation and mediation at Harvard Law School.

He serves as an appointed member of the US State Department Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and was an inaugural member of the Library of Congress Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel. During the Carter Administration, Brotman served as Special Assistant to the President’s principal communications policy adviser and Chief of Staff at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Since 1984, Brotman has served as President of Stuart N. Brotman Communications, a global management consulting firm based in Lexington, Massachusetts, with client engagements in over 30 countries. As a senior adviser in telecommunications, Internet, media, entertainment and sports, he has worked on merger and acquisition projects totaling $150 billion and on litigation matters with over $2 billion in damage claims.

He also has practiced international corporate law in Washington, DC and on Wall Street at Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts (now Pillsbury Winthrop), where he founded the Communications, Information and Entertainment Practice Group.

Brotman also served as President and CEO of The Museum of Television & Radio, where he oversaw Museum operations in New York City and Los Angeles and enabled the Museum to make major strides in its transition from a bicoastal 20th century museum to a 21st-century institution with global reach, now called The Paley Center for Media.[2] He was an Executive Producer of Funniest Families of Television Comedy: A museum of Television & Radio Special that aired on the ABC Television Network.

He has held faculty appointments in international telecommunications and intellectual property at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Boston University School of Law and. He is Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches entertainment and media law and formerly taught telecommunications law. He held the first concurrent appointment in digital media at Harvard and MIT, respectively at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Program on Comparative Media Studies.

He also served as a Senior Fellow at The Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies, Northwestern University and as an Information Technology Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington,DC.[3]

Eisenhower Fellowships selected Stuart Brotman as a USA Eisenhower Fellow in 2000.

Professional Affiliations, Honors and Awards[edit]

In 2000, Brotman was named the first USA Telecommunications Eisenhower Fellow, based in Budapest, Hungary.[4] He currently serves as a Director of the Digital Policy Institute and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Communication Arts Partners, is a member of the New England Steering Committee of the Eisenhower Fellowships, and also is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Northwestern University School of Communication.

Brotman has served as Chairman of the United States-Israel Science and Technology Foundation and the American Bar Association’s International Communications Law Committee. He also has served on the boards of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association, The Museum of Television & Radio, and on the editorial advisory boards of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Federal Communications Law Journal, the Journal of Biolaw & Business and the Journal of Science & Technology Law. He served as a Senior Mentor of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at The Aspen Institute, and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He also is an Honorary member of the China Television Broadcasters Association.

He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who's Who in Finance and Industry and Who's Who in the World. He is a recipient of the Northwestern University Alumni Merit Award for distinguished professional achievement and the Distinguished Alumnus Award in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[5]

He is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.


Brotman has written over 300 articles and reviews on business, technology, policy, history, negotiation, law, regulation and international trade that have appeared in scholarly and professional publications, including Broadcasting, Bloomberg BusinessWeek,[6] Cable Communications Magazine, Communications Week, Electronic Media, Forbes, Journal of Communication, Legal Times, Multichannel News,[7] The National Law Journal, Network World, Satellite Communications, Technology Review[8] and Telecommunications; in law reviews published at Berkeley, Boston University, Hastings, Loyola of Los Angeles; Michigan, and UCLA; and in The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor,[9] The Denver Post, The Des Moines Register, Indianapolis Star, The Journal of Commerce, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The New York Times,[10] US News & World Report and The Washington Post.

He is the editor of The Telecommunications Deregulation Sourcebook, a popular reference volume covering the broadcasting, cable television and telephone industries; Telephone Company and Cable Television Competition, a pioneering anthology dealing with technical, economic and regulatory aspects of broadband networks; and the author of Broadcasters Can Negotiate Anything,[11] a best-selling management education book for radio and television executives published by the National Association of Broadcasters. He also is the author of Communications Law and Practice, the leading comprehensive treatise covering domestic and international common carrier and mass media regulation.


  1. ^ Broadwin, Dave. "The National Broadband Plan needs a new name". Foley Hoag LLP. 
  2. ^ "The Museum of Television & Radio Names Stuart N. Brotman President". The Paley Center for Media. 
  3. ^ "Annenberg Fellows in Health Communications". The Annenberg Washington Program. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Fellow Lists". Eisenhower Fellowships. 
  5. ^ "Past Alumni Award winners". Northwestern University. 
  6. ^ "". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. 
  7. ^ "Focus on Main Street First". Multichannel News. 
  8. ^ "The Digital Dividend". Technology Review. 
  9. ^ "Curbing Violence on TV". The Christian Science Monitor. 
  10. ^ "PREPARING FOR FLOOD OF DATA". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Brotman, Stuart. Broadcasters can negotiate anything. p. 128. ISBN 0893240443.