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

Gordon P. Firemark

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. In the course of working for these enterprises, I’ve come to see the tremendous value proposition effective outsourcing can offer. Why Outsource? Outsourcing is cost-effective.

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

With the WGA strike two weeks old tonight, the demand for quality writers (or near-acceptable substitutes) is getting acute. The Guild only has jurisdiction in the US; making Canadian or UK writers a potential writing resource during the strike.

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Paramount Beats Musicians Guild in Lawsuit Over Outsourcing Film Scores

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge figures out the meaning of "producer" and "employer" in Hollywood. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online Paramount Pictures AFM Labor

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

With the WGA strike two weeks old tonight, the demand for quality writers (or near-acceptable substitutes) is getting acute. The Guild only has jurisdiction in the US; making Canadian or UK writers a potential writing resource during the strike. In other words, Canadian and UK writers living and working in their respective countries should be able to write for the studios and networks without retribution.

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

With the WGA strike two weeks old tonight, the demand for quality writers (or near-acceptable substitutes) is getting acute. The Guild only has jurisdiction in the US; making Canadian or UK writers a potential writing resource during the strike. In other words, Canadian and UK writers living and working in their respective countries should be able to write for the studios and networks without retribution.

Is outsourcing to blame for missing Ryan Jenkins background check?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner Two months ago, when a contestant on VH1's "Megan Wants a Millionaire" murdered his ex-wife and committed suicide, the network promptly cancelled the show. At the time, we wrote that "this episode is opening up discussion about.

Monday Morning JETLawg

JetLawBlog

Legal outsourcing continues to grow , attracting Western lawyers to India. In the news… Pennsylvania and New Jersey try a new technology to stop the employment of unauthorized immigrants. Entourage to return for one more season.

Page Vault Introduces On-Demand Web Archiving #ABATECHSHOW

Media Law

Page Vault, a company whose software accurately captures and archives web pages, announced the launch of Page Vault On Demand, an online request service that enables legal professionals to outsource web content collection on a one-shot basis, without a Page Vault […]. A series of short posts rounding up product announcements from last week’s ABA Techshow.

Mark Cohen on Turbocharged Transformation in Legal – and A Peak At His Newest Venture

Media Law

Department of Justice and in private practice, he turned his attention to the business of law nearly 20 years ago, founding one of the first legal process outsourcing companies and then cofounding innovative law company Clearspire. Mark Cohen is a true thought leader in the legal world. An accomplished litigator at both the U.S.

Pangea3 Cofounder Named President of Bloomberg BNA Legal

Media Law

Bloomberg BNA announced this morning that David Perla, cofounder of the global legal process outsourcing provider Pangea3, is joining the company as president of Bloomberg BNA Legal, effective July 21. Perla will report directly to Bloomberg BNA CEO Greg McCaffery and play a key leadership role in overseeing the company’s legal business, which includes legal, […]. The post Pangea3 Cofounder Named President of Bloomberg BNA Legal appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Guest Post by @schneidermaria: The Music Modernization Act – The Devil is in the Details

Music Technology Policy

But as I’ll explain in detail below, the MMA basically “outsources” the management of music copyright rights to two separate, “to-be-created” private corporations that will be entirely controlled by these very all-powerful industry players. That’s like outsourcing the environmental protection from oil spills to a private corporation controlled by BP and Exxon. Here are just TEN BIG HOLES in this outsourcing scheme, along with my proposed solutions: Hole 1.

Musician's POV: Five Things Spotify (and others) Could Do Today to Level the Playing Field for Independent Artists

Music Technology Policy

And that is exactly what they are--digital distribution requires artists and labels to outsource what are essentially manufacturing and distribution functions. Reblogged from The Trichordist: We''ve talked about piracy, but now let''s change that conversation to talk about the "New Boss" licensed services. One of the problems for artists selling their music, films or books in the legitimate digital space is getting a fair deal from the New Boss distributors.

EY Lays Off Some U.S. Lawyers Who Came through Pangea3 Acquisition

Media Law

Outsourcing Pioneer. The company pioneered the outsourcing of U.S. It was major legal industry news last April when international business and legal services powerhouse EY entered into an agreement with Thomson Reuters to acquire Pangea3, the legal managed services business.

More News from the Clio Conference: Partnership with CuroLegal

Media Law

Yesterday, there was another announcement: Clio is partnering with CuroLegal, an outsourcing and consulting firm, to provide professional services to assist law firms with software configuration and customization, on-site training, data migration and custom application […]. On Monday, I wrote here about several new features and integrations that Clio announced at its annual Clio Cloud Conference.

Alternative Legal Service Company Axiom Prepares for IPO; Spins Off Two Companies

Media Law

Meanwhile, Axiom has spun off two companies: Knowable , which will use machine-learning technology to help companies better understand their contracts, and Axiom Managed Services (AMS), which will offer people, processes and technology to provide outsourced legal help to companies. Major news today regarding the alternative legal services provider Axiom : the company has taken steps to prepare for an initial public offering and, separately, has spun off two companies as separate entities.

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As if it weren’t hard enough: @TheFOWShow Covers the Direct Shot Supply Chain Debacle

Music Technology Policy

But–all the majors have outsourced their U.S. If you are lucky enough to have an independent record store in your community today (mine is the fabulous Waterloo Records) , you may not realize just how lucky you really are. For an independent record store to have survived the last 20 years is something of a modern miracle. (I I think the Waterloo story should be a Harvard Business School case study, frankly.).

Chalk Up Another State that Has Adopted the Duty of Technology Competence

Media Law

The court also adopted comments 6 and 7, pertaining to outsourcing work by lawyers. Another state has adopted the ethical duty of technology competence for lawyers, bringing the total that have done so to 32. Related: Full list of states that have adopted the duty of technology competence. This week, the Vermont Supreme Court ordered amendments to the comments to Rule 1.1 of the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct.

There’s No Turning Back, Says Legal Admins’ White Paper, Change Is A Must

Media Law

“[W]orking from home is here to stay and law firms must accept this reality,” the white paper says, along with all that reality means for how firms organize and delegate work, use technology, and outsource resources. “The use of technology, outsourced resources, and other efficiency enablers will help firms to not only survive, but flourish.”

LawNext Episode 56: Mark Harris, Axiom Founder and Now Knowable CEO

Media Law

Last February, gearing up for a possible IPO, Axiom spun off its technology and managed services entities into two new companies: Knowable , which uses machine-learning technology to help companies better understand their contracts, and Axiom Managed Services (AMS), which offers people, processes and technology to provide outsourced legal help to companies.

5 people every producer needs to have on the team.

Gordon P. Firemark

Virtually any task under the sun can be outsourced, and it’s surprisingly inexpensive. Producing films is exciting, rewarding, and sometimes very frustrating work. Saavy film producers know that the job isn’t a solitary one. They can’t do everything themselves, even in the earliest days of a project. Smart producers assemble a team to support them, and then concentrate their efforts on the most important tasks, the ones that only they can perform.

Contract Management Company SirionLabs Raises $44M to Further Develop Its AI Platform

Media Law

SirionLabs was founded in 2012 by Ajay Agrawal , the cofounder in 2006 of legal process outsourcing company UnitedLex. SirionLabs , developer of AI-powered enterprise contract lifecycle management technology, said yesterday it has raised $44 million in a Series C round, bringing its total capital raised to date to $66 million.

10-Year Relationship Between Microsoft and Integreon Underscores Role of LPOs in Legal

Media Law

A major trend in the legal industry has been the growth of alternative legal service providers and, in particular, legal process outsourcing companies. News today from Microsoft Corporation and the legal process outsourcing company Integreon underscores the extent to which major corporations are working with LPOs.

ALSP Axiom Says It Will Receive Significant Strategic Investment from Private Equity Firm Permira

Media Law

At the same time, it spun off two companies: Knowable , which uses machine-learning technology to help companies better understand their contracts, and Axiom Managed Services (AMS), which offers people, processes and technology to provide outsourced legal help to companies.

LawNext Episode 68: Litera CEO Avaneesh Marwaha on Growth During A Crisis

Media Law

Leading the company through these changes since 2016 has been CEO Avaneesh Marwaha , a former intellectual property lawyer who transitioned his career into a series of business-executive roles, including as chief operating officer of Keno Kozie Associates, a major provider of outsourced IT for global law firms.

Surge in Global Regulations Burdens Corporations and Challenges their Law Firms, Survey Finds

Media Law

Forty-one percent of firms relieve those pressures by either outsourcing to alternative legal service providers or relying on their offshore captive operations. As global compliance regulations have surged over the past decade, corporations in both the U.S. and U.K.

LawNext Episode 26: Mark Cohen’s Strategies for the Global Legal Marketplace

Media Law

After 25 years as an accomplished trial lawyer, he founded one of the first legal process outsourcing companies and then cofounded Clearspire, the groundbreaking two-company law firm and service provider that became the blueprint for a new generation of innovative legal services providers. Mark A. Cohen has long been ahead of the curve.

Axiom Managed Services Spin-Off Changes Name to Factor

Media Law

At the other are the cluster of alternative legal services providers, legal process outsourcers, and technology companies focused on commoditized legal work.

No Transparency For You! (tube)

The Digital Lowdown

The main issue with this story is the trend for digital distributors to outsource a key revenue stream, Youtube’s content matching system. The problem in this scenario is not related to outsourcing or sub-distribution. Outsourced customer service is another inherent flaw that seems to be the result of scalability and cost cutting. Do you know who is handling your music? You sign up with a digital distributor like CD Baby. .

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How YouTube “Monetizes” Your Songs to Sell Illegal Goods

Music Technology Policy

And YouTube has essentially outsourced this expensive part of their business to copyright owners. Monetize, monetize, monetize. This is the constant mantra from YouTube to all copyright owners but especially to songwriters. YouTube gives all kinds of assurances about how they can block songs, recordings and movies with their superduper “ContentID” and “Content Management System.”

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

Media Law

Founded in 2004 by David Perla, former Monster.com general counsel, and Sanjay Kamlani, former OfficeTiger CFO and general counsel, Pangea3 pioneered the outsourcing of U.S. 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.

Empowering Lawyers Who Must Work Remotely

Media Law

Those commodity tasks that you’ve thus far outsourced to your support staff? Litera’s business continuity series, which began last week , dives into the unprecedented challenges we are all facing and looks at how technology can help provide what law firms need to continue serving their clients, even while their teams are working remotely, unable to travel or meet face-to-face with clients, and otherwise disrupted from their regular routines.

Who Owns What Under the Music Modernization Act and What Effect on Valuations?

Music Technology Policy

The collective is going to have to manage that database and get it built (unless they outsource it to Google, I guess). There are two imponderables under the Music Modernization Act that I think could have a significant effect on valuations and investment: the designation of the mechanical licensing collective by the Register of Copyrights and the contemplated global rights database. First the initial and any re-designation of the collective by the Register.

David Lowery is Spotify’s Worst Nightmare

Music Technology Policy

You may ask how could HFA be conducting an audit of a service for which it rendered outsourced song research and royalty accounting services. It’s important to remember that David Lowery could have just sued Spotify over his own catalog. He didn’t do that. He brought a class action for the good of all songwriters who get overlooked and disrespected by Spotify and that’s a lot of people. I don’t know Melissa Ferrick, but I would bet the same could be said of her.

A Thorough Guide to Freelance Lawyering

Media Law

There is also a section of the book directed to lawyers who may be thinking about outsourcing work to a freelancer. It covers topics such as why outsource, how to find the right freelancer, and how to address it with clients. What if you could have a law job that let you wear pajamas at noon, take extended trips to visit family and friends, and burn the midnight oil because that is when a great idea hits you?

Beta Site Continues to Claim it is First Network for Lawyers

Media Law

The press release describes the site this way: Drawing on the expertise of the Harvard Law community and Silicon Valley, wireLawyer provides an essential business-to-business platform, allowing lawyers to insource and outsource paid work, access thousands of peer-reviewed documents, and research curated questions, which bring big firm best practices to the entire legal community.

LegalTech Report: Onit Unveils Legal-Process Apps

Media Law

Legal Process Outsourcing App, for assigning work, tracking progress and reporting on service level agreements.Matter Intake App, for law departments to manage, assign and follow through on the matters they handle. [Another in a series of mini-reports on what I saw at the annual LegalTech conference in New York last week.]. Just after the 2012 LegalTech, I wrote about the new direction taken by Onit , a developer of process-management applications for legal and business uses.

In Interview, Epiq CEO Addresses Ransomware Attack, Layoffs, and Company’s Future

Media Law

This is focused on outsourced services to large law firms such as e-discovery managed services, information technology management, records management, document production and secretarial support.

Two New Legal Networking Sites Launch

Media Law

It also plans to enable lawyers to make referrals and to “insource/outsource” work. Any site that sets out to become an exclusive online community for lawyers has a tough row to hoe. Lawyers are happy enough with LinkedIn and Facebook and do not seem all that interested in legal-vertical sites. We saw the ABA’s social networking site, LegallyMinded, shut down after barely two years. Another one, Lawford, launched last year and is already gone.

Cite This Blog Post Today, For Tomorrow It May Be Gone

JetLawBlog

Many authors, however, have the option of outsourcing citation duties to their lowly research assistants—2L journal members don’t enjoy that same luxury.)

Copyright Debate by Name-Calling

Copyrights & Campaigns

I like a good debate about copyright as much as anyone. There's plenty to argue about: the law, what the law should be, the economics of the entertainment industry, the fairest and most effective anti-infringement strategies and tactics, etc. There is plenty of room for reasonable people to disagree, and there are also times when people who are normally on opposite sites of these issues to cooperate.

Ninth Circuit Executes Dictionary Attack on Telephone Consumer Protection Act

New Media and Technology Law

Simon & Schuster did not send the text message itself, but outsourced the promotional campaign to ipsh!, The court's resolution of the "express consent" issue has implications for marketers that outsource the transmission of promotional messages to service providers and rely on language similar to that in the prior express consent executed by Satterfield. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion today in Satterfield v. Simon & Schuster, Inc. ,

Voluntary Disclosure of Metadata By Music Publishers Preserves Property Rights

Music Technology Policy

If Pandora wanted to outsource their royalty reporting, publisher rights information (often called generically “metadata”) that publishers were forced to give to Pandora–but not publicly disclose–might be a valuable gift from the court to Pandora. As part of the various hearings on potential revisions of the Copyright Act, the issue of public databases of copyrightable works has arisen again.

What’s Still Wrong With ISP Music Licensing? The Latest Victim is the Songwriters Association of Canada

Music Technology Policy

Tracking could be outsourced to one of the companies that currently does this work.” [Here’s a blast from the past on a bad idea that just won’t die. Digital Music News has a story today about Verizon offering to pay “the music industry” $1 a month for each Internet subscriber, an idea that was floated by Berkman Center professor, ivory tower music rethinker and Lawrence Lester Lessig buddy Terry Fisher in his book Promises to Keep.

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