Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast #004: Nat Mundel

Gordon P. Firemark

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast. In this episode of Entertainment Industry Insights, I speak with Nat Mundel , Founder of Voyage Media, and Co-Founder of TODpix. Mr. Mundel’s vision is to streamline and democratize the entertainment industry by creating new business models, services and tools that help filmmakers more effectively develop, produce and distribute their projects. Nat’s recipe for success in the modern entertainment industry.

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast: Ken Davenport

Gordon P. Firemark

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast. In this episode of Entertainment Industry Insights, I speak with Broadway Producer Ken Davenport. Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast: Ken Davenport is a post from: Law Offices of Gordon P. Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast Episode 3: Ken Davenport In this episode of Entertainment Industry Insights, I speak with Broadway Producer Ken Davenport. Episode 3: Ken Davenport.

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast, Episode 001: Adam Leipzig

Gordon P. Firemark

Annnouncing a new occasional podcast featuring interviews with Entertainment Industry Thought Leaders. Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast, Episode 001: Adam Leipzig is a post from: Law Offices of Gordon P. Annnouncing a new occasional podcast featuring interviews with Entertainment Industry Thought Leaders. Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast

The Supreme Court Should See Through Google’s Industrial-Strength Fair Use Charade

Music Technology Policy

The appeal turns in part on whether the Supreme Court will uphold the Federal Circuit’s definition of fair use for creators and reject Google’s dubious assertion of “industrial strength” fair use. Our conclusion was that the Supreme Court should affirm the Federal Circuit’s extensive analysis and hold for Oracle because Google masks its monopoly commercial interest in industrial-strength fair use that actually violates fair use principles.

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast – The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments with Jeff B. Cohen

Gordon P. Firemark

The post Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast – The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments with Jeff B. We’ll talk about hollywood then, hollywood now, and the hollywood of the future, and get some dealmaking pointers from Jeff Entertainment Industry Insights J eff B. Cohen is a former child actor. You may remember him as the young actor who played the role of “Chunk” in the iconic 1980s film The Goonies. .

Artist Glossary of Industry Terms: Re-Recording Restrictions

Music Technology Policy

artist glossary of industry terms Uncategorized Glossary of Industry Terms re-recording restrictions Taylor SwiftIf you’ve been following the Taylor Swift situation with her former label, you’ve probably seen the unsurprising news that Taylor plans to re-record some or all of her prior catalog. This raises the issue of the customary “re-recording restriction” and “re-producing restriction” found in artist and producer agreements respectively.

Guest Post: Why the Legal Tech Industry Needs a Human Touch for its GC Sales Process


Sales approaches that leave a poor impression of the legal tech industry demonstrate a lack of client-centered empathy and design thinking. What this industry needs right now is a human-centered approach to sales. By Naseeha Machingal, LegalEase Solutions.

The Mexican Film Industry

Media Law Prof Blog

A piece from KPBS.org on the re-emerging Mexican film industry

Legal PR Firm Launches NewLaw Practice Led By Two Industry Veterans

Media Law

” But in a telephone conversation this morning with the two principals of the new practice, legal industry veterans Brad Blickstein and Beatrice Seravello , I came to the realization that this is something more than a PR consultancy.

Litera Acquires Best Authority, Industry-Leading Table-of-Authorities Tool

Media Law

The document technology company Litera has acquired Best Authority, which is possibly the leading standalone product among legal professionals for generating tables of authorities in legal briefs. Best Authority, developed by Levit & James Inc. ,

Box Makes Push Into Legal Industry

Media Law

The post Box Makes Push Into Legal Industry appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. If you happened to read the June issue of Law Technology News, you may have noticed a three-page “advertorial” section on cloud computing for the legal profession sponsored by the file-sharing platform Box. Or if you visited the Box site recently, you may have noticed a new teaser on the front page inviting to learn more [.]

How to effectively outsource Business and Legal Affairs work in the Film, Television, Theatre and Media Industries

Gordon P. Firemark

If you’re an owner or general-counsel to a small-, mid-sized or even a large entertainment industry business, you are probably overwhelmed with a workload that at times seems insurmountable. Introduction. This past year, I’ve been very fortunate to be asked by a few small- and mid-sized entertainment businesses to handle some or all of their Business Affairs and Legal Affairs work; Work that traditionally would be handled by in-house counsel, but is noow being outsourced to me.

Parliamentary Report on the Inquiry Into the Australian Music Industry

Media Law Prof Blog

Just released by the House Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts: A report on the inquiry in the Australian music industry. Download it from links available here

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Industry Letter to USTR re NAFTA Reform

Music Technology Policy

A music industry coalition has written to USTR Bob Lighthizer on the issue: January 22, 2018. Dear Ambassador Lighthizer: On behalf of the North American music community, we are writing to express our united resolve that strong copyright protection for creative industries be central to the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) modernization agenda. Our economic contributions depend on the protection of our industry’s creative content through copyright.

Independent Contractor vs. Employee – misclassification can cost entertainment industry employers dearly.

Gordon P. Firemark

In the entertainment industries, this misclassification is prevalent. Lately, I’ve had several conversations with clients about whether the folks they hire to work on their films and theatre projects are properly classified as employees or independent contractors. It’s an important distinction, and one that can have costly consequences if not handled properly. California Law imposes strict penalties for misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

Music Industry Blog

Music Technology Policy

We welcome Mark Mulligan's Music Industry Blog to the blog role, a good starting place is " Why The 'Music As Free' Argument Just Doesn't Hold Water " (and neither does the Music is Water argument!) Tags: music is not water mark mulligan music industry blog Thanks to Dean Kay for the t/o).

Lawsuit Claims Woman in Entertainment Industry Was Impersonated Sexually

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

High-level executives are said to have been duped. An anonymous plaintiff is now testing a little-known law in California. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Movies Culture Business THR Online

Actors Union SAG-AFTRA and Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

Digital Media Law

SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union’s commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday. The existing agreement remains in place through March 31, 2013. The parties need more time, said the union, to address “data challenges” regarding a study that may result in a revamp of the commercials residuals system, referred to as Gross Ratings Points (GRP).


Legaler Plans Launch of Legal-Industry Cryptocurrency and Blockchain-Based Legal Charity

Media Law

The Australia-based company Legaler, which markets a secure online videochat platform for lawyers, announced today that it will create a cryptocurrency for the legal industry that will be used for transactions between lawyers and clients and by lawyers to purchase features and services within the Legaler ecosystem. The post Legaler Plans Launch of Legal-Industry Cryptocurrency and Blockchain-Based Legal Charity appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Music Industry Majors Sue Hip-Hop Streaming Site Spinrilla

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

“Spinrilla specializes in ripping off music creators by offering thousands of unlicensed sound recordings for free," says the RIAA. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online


Industry Favorite Fig & Olive Hit With Lawsuit Claiming Salmonella Contamination

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The West Hollywood restaurant is under investigation by the L.A County Department of Public Health. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online Power Lunch

ACEDS Names Industry Veteran As New Executive Director

Media Law

Michael Quartararo , an e-discovery industry veteran, has been named president of ACEDS and professional development. Two months ago here, I reported that Mary Mack, the executive director of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the leading membership and certification organization for e-discovery professionals, and Kaylee Walstad, who Mack brought on in 2018 as vice president of client engagement, would leave the organization at the end of October.

New Organization Aims to Kickstart Innovation in Legal Industry

Media Law

A for-profit membership organization aimed at driving technology innovation and adoption in the legal industry made its formal launch yesterday. The post New Organization Aims to Kickstart Innovation in Legal Industry appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Called Evolve Law, its primary focus will be on promoting collaboration among a “community” of lawyers, law firms and innovative legal technology companies in order to speed adoption of new technology.

Submissions Sought for new Legal Industry Video Awards

Media Law

The Web publication Legal IT Insider has announced a new international competition to pick the best legal industry videos. The Legal Industry Video Awards 2014 is accepting submissions from law firms, legal service providers, in-house legal and legal vendors. The awards are open to anyone in the legal industry.

The Cross-Industry Promise of Blockchain

New Media and Technology Law

This capability has evoked the early development of new applications and technological developments involving many industries beyond financial services. . Healthcare – Blockchain presents a very efficient and elegant solution to many of the regulatory and operational issues that the healthcare industry is facing in this turbulent time. What are the cross-industry upsides of blockchain? Other industries also see the potential for lower operational costs as well.

Talent Agent’s chilling “State of the Industry” message sends shivers through entertainment industry

Gordon P. Firemark

Jones of Premiere Talent, issued a gloomy “State of the Industry&# message last March, which has been circulating around town among established actors and hopefuls alike. Sadly, this situation “trickles down&# to all entertainment industry workers, including writers, directors, crew, and even professionals like accountants, lawyers and the like. Talent agent James J.

Legal Industry Veteran Sameena Kluck Joins Pro Bono Tech Startup Paladin

Media Law

“I also used my articles, speaking engagements and social media activity to constantly engage leaders in the industry on innovation and change.” Sometimes news converges in fortuitous ways. Yesterday, I interviewed Felicity Conrad , cofounder and CEO of the pro bono technology startup Paladin , for next week’s LawNext podcast.

Management Firm Industry Entertainment Sued for Alleged Client-Stealing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

New Wave Entertainment claims manager Paul Brown improperly took actors Laura Prepon and Tommy Dewey with him when he left for Industry earlier this year. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

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Pepperdine Law’s Straus institute launches new interdisciplinary ADR project for Entertainment and Media Industries

Gordon P. Firemark

Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute has launched an innovative new Dispute Resolution Project relating to the Entertainment, Media and Sports Industries. The institute launches this summer with a lead-off program in London (info at [link] ), and will continue with inter-disciplinary coursework and other programming like Speaker Event, Industry Expert Conversations,Continuing Legal Education Conferences, and webinars.

Ralph Baxter, Longtime Orrick Chair known as Industry Innovator, Becomes Cohost of Law Technology Now Podcast

Media Law

He now serves as an adviser to law firms, legal technology companies, and others in the legal industry on innovation and modernization.

Industry News: Uptime Legal Acquires JurisPage

Media Law

The post Industry News: Uptime Legal Acquires JurisPage appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Uptime Legal Systems, a Minnesota company that provides private cloud services to small and mid-sized law firms, today announced it has acquired JurisPage, a New York City website design, internet marketing and SEO company for lawyers. JurisPage was founded in 2013 by lawyer Andrew Cabasso and website designer Sam Brodie. Its services include web design, […].

Pay TV Industry Loses Subscribers In 2013

Media Law Prof Blog

The cable industry The Hollywood Reporter notes the results of a new study that finds that pay TV (including cable and satellite) lost net subscribers from its total number of customers for the first ever at the end of 2013.

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DHS: Music industry honors ICE agents

Music Technology Policy

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigators were commended at a ceremony today by representatives from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shutting down one of the largest U.S.-based Collaboration with industry is absolutely critical to conducting effective intellectual property enforcement,” said ICE-HSI Executive Associate Director Peter Edge. WASHINGTON – U.S.

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Major Industry News: EY to Acquire Pangea3 from Thomson Reuters, Expanding Its Global Legal Services

Media Law

In major news indicative of the direction of the legal services industry globally, EY — the entity that encompasses Ernst & Young companies worldwide — has entered into an agreement with Thomson Reuters to acquire Pangea3, the legal managed services business.

The Development of Florida's Film Industry

Media Law Prof Blog

Govern, Ave Maria School of Law; California University of Pennsylvania; CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice have published Florida and the Film Industry Mary Pergola Parent, University of Notre Dame, Department of Film, Television & Theatre, and Kevin H.

Regulating the Ratings Industry

Media Law Prof Blog

Caleb M. Deats has published Talk that Isn't Cheap: Does the First Amendment Protect Credit Rating Agencies' Faulty Methodologies from Regulation?, forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review. Here is the abstract. This Note argues that courts should reject the Southern

Music Industry A-Listers Call on Congress to Reform Copyright Act

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A day before a crucial deadline, the music industry is pulling no punches. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Guest Post by @DMcGonigal: How will the creative industries fare in the new European Parliament?

Music Technology Policy

With four pirate party MEPs pushing an anti-copyright agenda, they could build a stronger anti-copyright grouping, especially as the two Greens who supported the creative industries have both retired. [We are thrilled to have a guest post by my friend Dominic McGonigal , Chair of the erudite C8 Associates think tank based in London and Brussels.].

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2016 Guest Post by @schneidermaria: Content ID is Still Just Piracy in Disguise: An Open Letter to Rightsholders and a Music Industry Ready to Renegotiate with a Monster

Music Technology Policy

In case you were wondering why music industry leaders don’t stand up to Google instead of giving them more safe harbors, she just did. The music industry should quit banging its head into that same wall looking for results.

U.S. vs. AT&T: Merger Trial Opening Delivers Competing Visions of Industry's Future

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A Justice Dept. lawyer asks the judge to make a prediction and block the $85 billion Time Warner merger while the defense rips "preposterous" notions from a government "ignoring" tech behemoths. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Citing Legal Industry Disruption, West, Lexis Open their Data to Free Access

Media Law

That came not long after ReInvent Law NYC, another conference that focused on innovation and disruption in the legal industry. The post Citing Legal Industry Disruption, West, Lexis Open their Data to Free Access appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Last month, Harvard Law School hosted the conference, Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services, featuring Harvard Business School Prof. Clayton M.

@RachelRascoe: Faster than Sound: Music Industry Workers Face Uncertainty Around Unemployment Benefits

Music Technology Policy

Independent contractors, freelancers, and self-employed individuals – who make up a large portion of music industry workers – aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits from the Texas Workforce Commission. [This is an informative post from Rachel Rascoe at the Austin Chronicle about independent contractors filing for unemployment insurance. Although it focuses on Texas, it’s probably pretty much replicated process across all states.

Is The Music Industry Really Broken?

The Digital Lowdown

in Los Angeles (aka "The Strip"), I spot an obvious sign that the music industry is not broken. While some may decry the ease at which an album can be made as being a major cause of our troubled industry, I think it is the saving grace. However, the music industry never has been able to support every musician, artist and songwriter. As I ponder the tumultuous past year in the music business, I have to wonder if the business is as broken as all the pundits claim it is.