The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Track II: Haas Conference Center - Room 171

Investment, Financing & Packaging Projects: Unique Content - Unique Technology - Funding & Monetizing Properties Across Platforms

Seth M Willenson, President. Seth Willenson, Inc.

Todd Courtney, Chairman & CEO, Mammoth Ventures, Inc.

Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners

Greg Akselrud, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc., Moderator


Todd Courtney, Chairman & CEO, Mammoth Ventures, Inc.: Best known for his Executive Producing credit on the critically acclaimed and award-winning feature Beasts of No Nation, Todd Courtney is a unique combination of serial entrepreneur and creative producer/financier. His private equity firm, Mammoth Ventures, focuses on private equity real estate investment funds while his production/advisory firm, Mammoth Entertainment, focuses on multi-media content such as independent film, television, and digital media. In addition to Beasts of No Nation, Mammoth Entertainment has executive produced

numerous full-length features including the day and date, platform released film, Yellow, and the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition feature, Adrift in Manhattan. Todd leads investments and management in multi-media companies such as Worldwide Biggies founded by Albie Hecht. Mammoth Entertainment also owns the production and post-production facility, Contra Studios, on West 26th Street in Manhattan. Prior to his entry into entertainment and private equity, Todd joined a small group of individuals in the biotechnology sector to form Orphan Medical—now listed on the NASDAQ as Jazz Pharmaceuticals. It is here where he honed his financial, managerial and marketing skills. He was an instrumental leader in consistent fiscal and physical growth that culminated with a corporate acquisition by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Todd has taken his passion and success into the social services field where he serves such noted organizations as the Global Citizen Festival with friend Hugh Evans, Charity Water which focuses on water purification initiatives, and the Wilhelm & Karl Maybach Foundation which assists underprivileged, motivated adolescents in actualizing their professional and personal goals. Additionally, Todd frequently advises groups and individuals on topics focusing on subjects including innovation, the democratization of media and technology, and social investing. Having grown up in greater St. Louis, MO, Todd currently resides in New York City and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Alabama.


Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners:  Peg is a Managing Director in Mooreland Partner’s Greenwich office.  She brings more than 20 years of investment banking, venture capital and operating management experience within the media technology sector. At Mooreland, she focuses on the digital media, marketing software and e-commerce industries.  Prior to joining Mooreland Partners, she was a Managing Director at Gridley & Co, where she worked on transactions within the digital media sector. Prior to joining Gridley, Peg worked in venture capital as a Managing Director at NeoCarta Ventures investing in media technology companies such as Silverpop and Myrio (acquired by Siemens). Prior to working at NeoCarta, Peg held corporate development and operational roles at NBC and Reuters.   Peg holds a BA in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University.


Seth Willenson - President, Seth Willenson, Inc.:  Seth Willenson has over 40 years of experience in the, entertainment business starting in 1970 as one of New Line Cinema's first, employees. Seth Willenson's other Executive positions included : Corporate VP of, Programming and Business Affairs for RCA; where he was a key participant, in the creation of the RCA Columbia joint venture, cable channel, investments, and the selection, creation, and clearance of content to be, released in home video where no previous model existed, Senior VP of, Programming United Satellite Communications first DBS service financed, by General Instrument and Prudential, Vice President of Acquisitions and, Special Projects Paramount Television group, and Senior VP of, Telecommunications and Strategic Planning for New Line Cinema.   For the past 20 years, he has been head of his own consulting firm, working with over 100 clients including: Scholastic, Columbia-Tri Star,, Disney Channel, Blockbuster Entertainment, Saul zaentz, Working title,, and Warner Brothers among others. He has been active in valuation of, entertainment properties including: the Credit Lyonnais CDR Library, the, Last Emperor, Yellow Submarine, Easy Rider and Gordy the Pig.  He has represented or produced over 100 features utilizing value in new, channels of distribution. Seth Willenson graduated from Cornell University in 1968 with a B.S. in, Economics, and attended the Annenberg School of Communications at The, University of Pennsylvania.


Greg Akselrud, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP: He chair's the Firm's Internet, New Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, Internet, technology, and apparel industries. Greg's practice involves providing advice in connection with general corporate matters (including company formation, stock incentive plans, executive employment agreements, and various commercial and business contracts), venture capital and angel financings, mergers and acquisitions (including public reverse mergers), private equity and debt securities offerings, public offerings, federal and state securities law reporting requirements, intellectual property strategic counseling, Internet and e-commerce matters, and entertainment, content and digital media transactional matters. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing. Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit's Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).


Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc.: is a widely-acclaimed strategic consultant to technology and media CEOs, U.S. and worldwide. Her work helps create wealth for founders and investors of entrepreneurial ventures.  Her capital strategies drive up her clients’ valuations and profitability. She has a special expertise in working with emerging and disruptive technologies. She consults to Fortune 500 companies, capitalized start-ups, and investment funds, often serving as a “shadow CEO” to extend her clients’ bandwidth. She advises product and service companies and consultants. Her work optimizes her clients’ growth, deal flow and profitability. Successes include the 1st Internet B2B IPO with $30M to each of the three founders in year 5; the sale of a husband/wife software company for $50M in year 4; the raising of $2.2M in seed capital with no equity out, for a software venture she built in China; the sale of a start-up Internet company within 8 months of writing their first investment pitch piece. These have included J.P. Morgan Capital, Sony, IBM, Apple, Hearst, Blockbuster, Technicolor, Harper Collins, Discovery Channel, Time-Warner, Agfa and Scitex. Her many early stage ventures include Earthweb (IPO 1998) and iSuppli (sold to IHS 2010). Her clients say she is “a brilliant strategist and a practical, down-to-earth, get-it-done person,” “invaluable in understanding the competitive landscape and alternative strategies” and that she “cuts right through the noise, giving a clear vision of the future,” “protecting us from liability and cutting our costs.” Her clients have been in the business, enterprise and consumer sectors, with companies in technology, SaaS, hardware and software, mobile, media and entertainment, publishing and advertising, distribution, and investment and venture funding. She has worked in the U.S., Europe, China and Qatar. A strategist, policymaker, dealmaker, and negotiator, her work includes strategies on entry, exit, capitalization, return on investment, growth, positioning, pricing, distribution, social media outreach, risk-assessment, new market and international expansion, due diligence, and intellectual property. She speaks and publishes widely on entrepreneurship. Her published credits include 5 books, 60 published articles, and a weblog with hundreds of blog posts of advice to entrepreneurs. She can be reached through her website at