The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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prejudgment interest—is the largest verdict ever obtained in a “Hollywood accounting” lawsuit.  A member of Robins Kaplan’s Executive Board, Silberfeld serves as the firm’s National Trial Chair. In this role, he marshals the firm’s proven and effective trial strategies, tactics, and techniques to benefit the firm’s clients across the country. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Silberfeld has used his versatile talents for both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation in recent years. Among other matters, he has served as plaintiff’s counsel in the TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation and the CRT Antitrust Litigation, and has successfully defended Best Buy in multiple purported national class actions.


Russell Schwartz, Senior Vice President and Head, Original Programming Business & Legal Affairs at Starz Entertainment, LLC: Mr. Schwartz served as President of New Line Domestic Marketing of New Line Cinema, LLC and Time Warner Inc. He was Partner at the law firm of Sachnoff & Weaver. A 25-year TV industry veteran, Mr. Schwartz most recently was a Consultant, with clients including individual producers, new media start ups, ABC Studios and ABC Network. Mr. Schwartz ... spent 17 years at HBO in various business affairs positions and prior to that worked for GTG Entertainment and CBS Entertainment as a business affairs executive. While at HBO, Mr. Schwartz shepherded the mega-hit "Everybody Loves Raymond, " as well as working on series starring Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Charles Dutton, John Leguizamo and Ben Stiller. Mr. Schwartz has also held various senior executive positions in the television business with responsibility for television production, financing, distribution, merchandising, strategic planning, and new media. Mr. Schwartz graduated with a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School.


Karen Robson is a veteran entertainment lawyer who co-leads the Los Angeles office of Pryor Cashman LLP. Originally an actress and a lawyer in her native Australia and then in NYC before opening Pryor Cashman’s LA office, she has a unique ability to understand the various angles of stakeholders on every side of the table. She is an expert in indie film and TV finance production and distribution (both US and international), but has expanded into many areas, including international co-production of film and TV, reality TV, digital media and children’s programming and the financing, production and monetization of these productions. She has a wealth of experience speaking in large crowds, and has been a speaker in festival markets and seminars in the Middle East, Spain, Singapore, Australia and the U.S. (focusing on both domestic and emerging markets such as India and South America).


Robyn R. Polashuk, Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office, Covington & Burling LLP: Robyn Polashuk focuses her practice on the licensing and distribution of television networks and programming content across a variety of platforms (including cable and satellite, IPTV, mobile and Internet) and business models (from linear to subscription and transactional video-on-demand, electronic sell-through and interactive applications). As part of this work, she also negotiates retransmission consent agreements on behalf of broadcast stations. Ms. Polashuk has extensive experience in digital distribution, particularly in the area of "over the top" and "TV Everywhere" models. Ms. Polashuk’s practice also extends to due diligence and contractual analysis in connection with media-related corporate transactions and most favored nations review and interpretation. In this practice, Ms. Polashuk represents both leading media groups and emerging networks, in general entertainment, sports and specialized programming genres, as well as major technology and Internet companies. Ms. Polashuk's clients have included Disney and ABC, El Rey Network, Fox Cable Networks, Hulu, Ovation, NFL Network, PBS, Tennis Channel, TV One, and Univision Communications. She has negotiated on behalf of content providers with all the traditional television distributors, including AT&T Uverse, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS, as well as the emerging “OTT” distributors, such as PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and Verizon OnCue Mobile.


Simon N. Pulman is a transactional attorney primarily counseling clients in entertainment and media law matters. His practice focuses on three principal areas: (1) film and television; (2) digital media; and (3) publishing. In film and television, Mr. Pulman advises a variety of scripted, reality and documentary productions in financing, production and distribution matters. Services include negotiating financing, rights acquisition, music licenses and talent deals; advising on clearance and fair use issues; ensuring guild compliance; negotiating distribution and foreign sales agreements ranging from “all rights deals” to complex digital and hybrid deals; and collaborating with foreign counsel and producers to resolve regulatory and production financing issues for productions in Europe, Canada, and China. Mr. Pulman has also advised clients regarding financial structure and distribution strategy for premium digital series and webseries. In digital media, Mr. Pulman has experience preparing consulting, services, endorsement/sponsorship and licensing agreements for digital media, marketing and advertising clients, in addition to preparing website privacy policies and terms of use. He has also advised on social media and FTC compliance issues, and worked with OTT and broadband video distributors in the United States and China on content acquisition and regulatory issues. Mr. Pulman also assists with corporate matters, including drafting financing documentation and stock options plans for startup companies and assisting with M&A transactions. In publishing, Mr. Pulman provides counsel to authors and publishers in publishing matters, including reviewing and negotiating publishing agreements and counseling in copyright matters. He has structured and negotiated multiple cross-platform publishing deals involving innovative ownership and profit participation arrangements. He has also worked with publishers seeking to extend their intellectual property into other media, including film, television and digital channels. Prior to joining Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, Mr. Pulman worked as an Associate at Paul Hastings LLP and as Business Development Manager at Starlight Runner Entertainment, one of Fast Company’s “10 Most Innovative Companies in Media.” In addition, Mr. Pulman worked during law school as an intern in the legal departments of Country Music Television and 7 For All Mankind. Mr. Pulman frequently writes and speaks on entertainment and digital content related matters. He has spoken at events and conferences including Digital Hollywood LA, Digital Hollywood Content Summit NY, Merging Media in Vancouver and Social Media Club NY, and has been published in Ad Age, Digital Book World and the Copyright Alliance Blog.  Mr. Pulman is a graduate of Duke University and Vanderbilt University Law School.


Michael Sid, CEO, Mediamorph: Mr. Michael Sid, also known as Mike Co-founded and has been the Chief Executive Officer and Director of MediaMorph Inc. since April 10, 2007 and serves as its President. From November 2004 until founding MediaMorph, Mr. Sid served as President of Michael Sid & Associates, a private consulting firm providing management consulting services to clients. From September 2005 to April 2007, he served as Vice President of Services for Connotate Technologies, a software provider. Previously, Mr. Sid served as a Senior Manager of BearingPoint from January 2004 to November 2004 and was a Senior Director at Sony Music Entertainment from August 2002 to January 2004 where, he oversaw the technology group. Prior to that, Mr. Sid served as a Managing Director at Context Integration from September 1998 to August 2002, which provided technology consulting services. He received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988.




Thursday, May 5th, 2016

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Track II: Herscher Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 202

Digital Deals - Networks, Studios and Producers - Monetizing Content Across Platforms

Karen M. Robson, Partner, Pryor Cashman

Roman Silberfeld, partner, Robins Kaplan LLP

Russell Schwartz, Senior Vice President and Head, Original Programming Business & Legal Affairs, Starz

Simon N. Pulman, Associate, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

Robyn R. Polashuk, Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office, Covington & Burling LLP

Michael Sid, CEO, Mediamorph, Moderator


Roman Silberfeld, partner, Robins Kaplan LLP: Trial lawyer Roman Silberfeld has an impressive record of courtroom success. Silberfeld’s trial and appellate experience includes business and high technology matters, product liability, professional negligence, and mass tort litigation, with particular emphasis on multi-state, multi-party, and class action litigation. Silberfeld gained national recognition for his role as lead trial counsel in litigation brought on behalf of client Celador International, creator of the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” game show. The case’s $269.4 million jury verdict—plus $50 million in