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Digital Hollywood, October 18-21, 2010 Wednesday, October 20th 10:45 AM - Noon - Special Workshop
Workshop I:DiRghts-3 Drafting the Next New Media Contract - Outlines and Contours - Content Creators - Guilds - The Entertainment Industry Dan Rozansky, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP Jeffrey R. Glassman, Partner, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP Steve Woolf, West Coast Director of Content Development, Blip.tv Virginie L. Parant, partner, ARTech Law Alan Friel, Partner, Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP Joleen Winther Hughes, Founder and Principal, HUGHES MEDIA LAW GROUP Marcia Zellers, Director, FIDM Digital, Moderator
Dan Rozansky, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP: Daniel Rozanskys practice is concentrated in the areas of entertainment, defamation, complex business litigation, class actions and issues affecting manufacturing industries. In addition to his diverse litigation experience, Mr. Rozansky also counsels a broad array of clients on developing the best strategies to avoid disputes. For entertainment clients, he reviews television pilots, screenplays and other material in development to assist those clients in identifying potential liabilities. Mr. Rozanskys areas of expertise include entertainment finance, antitrust, unfair competition, trade secrets, surreptitious tape recording, reality television, profit participation, rights of privacy and publicity, partnership disputes, and First Amendment issues. He represents clients at both the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court on a wide array of issues.
Jeffrey R. Glassman, Partner, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP: Jeffrey R. Glassman is a partner in ECJs Business & Corporate Department. Jeffreys practice serves entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies as well as middle-market companies. In light of the fact that Jeffrey represents a wide range of businesses, his practice includes general business counseling, corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, and business transactions. As outside general counsel to his clients, he also advises them in intellectual property matters, employment and labor laws, and business litigation. In addition, he counsels many of his clients on legal matters large and small as they pertain to daily business operations. An experienced, aggressive business attorney who focuses on cost-effective resolutions to legal issues, Jeffrey prefers a partnership approach when dealing with clients. He is careful to note a clients long-term objectives and goals, and advises them accordingly, even when dealing with immediate and pressing legal problems. Jeffrey believes in developing close relationships with his clients and he encourages open and on-going communication. As such, he avails himself to his clients 24/7. What triggers Jeffreys enthusiasm toward his clients, and the work he does for them, is the appreciation he receives for his efforts and watching his clients business ventures grow and flourish. Jeffrey started his career in the corporate law group at Greenberg Traurig in Washington D.C. where he structured and negotiated complex transactions on behalf of start-ups and emerging growth companies. He was then recruited by Fisher Wayland, a firm that has since been acquired by Pillsbury Winthrop, to join their corporate practice where he handled complex multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions for radio and television broadcast companies, cable networks, satellite and telecommunications clients, as well as new media and technology companies. Thereafter, Jeffrey was recruited by a software development company, Firetalk Communications, in San Francisco, CA, to become their In-House General Counsel. As such, Jeffrey structured and negotiated complex licensing and distribution agreements, joint ventures, and strategic alliances; managed the development of the companys international trademark, patent, copyright and domain name portfolios; supervised the companys corporate transactions; and handled all of the companys employment and labor law matters. Jeffrey then joined a business litigation boutique in Los Angeles formerly known as Enenstein, Russell & Saltz, where he helped establish that firms corporate and intellectual property practice. While at that firm, Jeffrey served as outside counsel to several multi-million dollar manufacturing companies and assisted in complex civil and business litigation matters involving contract disputes, intellectual property matters, and employment and labor law claims. Eventually, Jeffrey and that firms managing partner joined the business law group of Moldo Davidson Fraioli Seror & Sestanovich. Jeffrey practiced at Moldo Davidson until joining Ervin Cohen & Jessup in 2009. Born and raised in Washington D.C., Jeffrey attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated with Distinction in Political Science. While doing his undergraduate work, Jeffrey was selected to participate in a language intensive study abroad program through Hamilton College and, as a result, lived and studied in Madrid, Spain for a year. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from American Universitys Washington College of Law in 1995 where he was a Deans Fellow. During law school, Jeffrey spent a summer in Santiago, Chile while he studied international trade and comparative law and worked at Urrutia & Compania, a Chilean-based law firm where he was responsible for structuring international business transactions. Jeffrey also worked in the Office of Latin American Affairs at the United States Trade Representative during the Clinton Administration where he reviewed and analyzed matters related to the North American Free Trade Agreement and World Intellectual Property Organization.
Steve Woolf, West Coast Director of Content Development, blip.tv: Steve manages West Coast operations for blip.tv's content team, and has been working in online media for over a decade as a writer, producer, and technologist. He is living proof that building a sustainable independent show is a great way to circumvent the gatekeepers and realize your ambitions and personal vision. As a two-time Webby Award winner and four-time nominee for Epic Fu, Steve co-created, writes, directs, and produces the pioneering independent web show about emerging global culture that has become one of the most well-known shows on the Internet. He was also honored with two Streamy Awards and three nominations for his work on that show. Steve is also co-founder of Pixelodeon, the Los Angeles-based web video festival, and he has been interviewed for his expertise in web video and community building by CBS Radio, the TV Guide channel, and G4 along with countless other publications and blogs. He has delivered keynotes and spoken on numerous new media panels at conferences across the United States, is an inaugural member of the International Academy of Web Television, a member of the Open Entertainment Alliance, and sits on the PBS Engage Advisory Board. Steve graduated from Pratt Institute in New York City as a painting major and has exhibited his art work across the country.
Virginie L. Parant, partner, ARTech Law: Her practice encompasses all aspects of the entertainment and media industries, with a focus on the convergence of content and technology. Prior to co-founding ALG, Ms. Parant was Vice-President of Business Affairs for XingMail, Inc., an online music marketing company. Ms. Parant started her career at Gunderson Dettmer, LLP., a leading Silicon Valley law firm, where she developed a cutting-edge practice, representing a broad range of clients in new media transactions. Ms. Parant received an LL.M. from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). She also holds a D.E.A. de Droit de la Propriété Littéraire, Artistique et Industrielle (LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law) with Honors and a Maîtrise en Droit Privé (J.D.) with High Honors from Paris University (known to many as the Sorbonne). A European Union Erasmus Scholar and former Assistant Editor for ABA publication the Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, Ms. Parant has published numerous articles on copyright law. Her 1996 article, Copyright Enforcement in a Digital Environment, was selected for republication in the American Bar Associations Best-Of-The-Year issue. Named by Southern California Super Lawyers a Rising Star for 2005, Ms. Parant is regularly featured as a speaker at various industry events. She was also featured as regular on-air legal analyst on E! Entertainment (French affiliate) for the 2005 Michael Jackson trial.
Alan Friel, Partner, Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP: He counsels his clients on contractual transactions, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, financing, licensing, distribution, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. His clients span a number of industries, including advertising and promotions, film, television, animation, music, publishing, technology, interactive games, software, Internet and eCommerce, manufacturing, telecommunications, apparel and consumer products. Alan is a member of the entertainment, intellectual property, technology and advertising sections of several bar associations and is AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also active in philanthropic activities, serving or having served as outside general counsel or on the board of several charitable institutions and trade associations.
Joleen Winther Hughes, Founder and Principal, HUGHES MEDIA LAW GROUP: Joleen Winther Hughes founded HMLG specifically to support entrepreneurs and inventors, both big and small, with new business ventures, business and legal strategy and burgeoning media properties, products and services. As a longtime entrepreneur herself, Joleen understands the trials and tribulations of starting and running a successful business and how to allocate and assess risk to get products and services to market. Joleen takes pride in providing legal and business advice to clients to help transform a good idea into a sustainable company. She has set HMLG up specifically to enable clients to set and maintain workable legal budgets and to depend on great communication and interaction with her extraordinary legal team. Before embarking in private practice, Joleen was Senior Counsel at RealNetworks, Inc. for many years at the inception of the digital media era, where she provided a broad array of business and legal affairs services for the companys global media operations. Joleen participated in the companys largest transactions in the consumer services/digital media space including forming MusicNet, the first legal multi-label music distribution initiative, putting together the first VOD digital movie subscription service, and drafting and negotiating agreements with major sports leagues, media companies, television networks, movie studios and record labels to create the first on-line consumer content subscription products and services. She was also responsible for developing Reals casual gaming licensing strategy. Joleen began her entrepreneural career in the music industry, where she owned a successful artist management, talent booking, concert production, and special event business during the height of the Seattle "grunge" music explosion for clients including RKCNDY nightclub, Susan Silver and Kelly Curtis Management (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Screaming Trees), Media One, Monqui/SLA, The Pioneer Square Pub Club and The University of Washington.
Marcia Zellers, Media Industry Executive, Moderator: Marcia Zellers has been leading high profile digital initiatives since 1994, when she co-founded MTV Interactive in New York. Now LA based, she specializes in digital strategy, product development, business development and creative for media and entertainment. In 2006, Zellers was listed as #3 on the Hollywood Reporter/Producers Guild Digital 50, a compendium of the most influential and innovative people in digital media. Zellers was a two-year Co-Chair of the Emmy Awards Committee for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group, Chair of the 2005 European Broadcasters Union Conference on Cross-Media Strategies on Marketing, 2004 International Mentor for the Australian XMedia Lab, and is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events. Zellers previously heading up digital media for A&E Television. Prior to that, she ran the American Film Institutes AFI Digital Content Lab, an industry R&D center that pairs design and technology experts with traditional media companies to create innovative digital media properties. From breaking new ground on an early video entertainment portal as the Supervising Producer of Warner Bros. Onlines late-90s Entertaindom, to creating and producing some of the earliest interactive TV programming and live digital events at MTV in the mid-90s, Zellers has a reputation as a pioneer and innovator in the digital media space. Zellers is also a published writer and editor, and has an eclectic background that includes publishing, marketing, advertising, fundraising, and stock brokerage.