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"Technotainment" 2020: Distributing Content Across Multiple Platforms


Speaker(s): Christine Lepera, Cydney A. Tune, Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, Jakgeem Mays, Jeff Brabec, Myles Pistorius, Richard C. Giller, Sharon Glancz, Tim Browne, Todd Brabec, Yakub Hazzard, Yemi Abayomi
Recorded on: Oct. 23, 2020
PLI Program #: 278379

Myles Pistorius enters his sixth season with the Miami Dolphins as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In his role, Pistorius is responsible for oversight of all legal matters related to the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium.

Pistorius joined the Dolphins after 15 years at the National Basketball Association where he last served as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Content. Prior to that, Pistorius was Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs at the NBA.

Pistorius started his legal career as a corporate associate with the law firm of Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett in New York City. He received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science from Rutgers University.

Pistorius resides in Parkland with his wife, Robin, and their three children.


Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, a partner at Alter, Kendrick & Baron LLP, is a litigator and transactional attorney whose practice is focused on copyright law and policy.  Ms. Charlesworth’s clients include leading music, entertainment and software companies, as well as individual recording artists and songwriters.  

In addition to handling litigation and complex licensing transactions, Ms. Charlesworth advises on copyright-related legislative and regulatory matters.  In 2018, she was named a Billboard Woman Executive of the Year for her role in helping to craft and secure passage of the Music Modernization Act, landmark legislation to update U.S. music licensing rules. 

Previously, Ms. Charlesworth served as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights of the U.S. Copyright Office, where she had primary responsibility for interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Act and oversaw a wide range of litigation, legislative, regulatory and policy matters, including the Office’s participation in Supreme Court cases. 

Ms. Charlesworth has lectured extensively on music and copyright law, including at Yale, Harvard, Columbia and other law schools.  She also serves on the board of the Los Angeles Copyright Society.

Ms. Charlesworth received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Executive Committee Editor of The Yale Law Journal.  Following law school, she clerked for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Yemi Abayomi is an Associate General Counsel at Facebook, where she works closely with executives across the technology and media landscape to manage legal matters related to the acquisition, development, production, and distribution of video programming; the launch of new media products, and other strategic initiatives related to Facebook Watch.

Prior to joining Facebook, Yemi served as Counsel at Turner and NBCUniversal, where she negotiated talent and production agreements for television programs airing on Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, USA and Syfy networks.  Yemi began her practice as an intellectual property associate at the DC office of Arnold & Porter LLP.   

 Yemi obtained her undergraduate degree in business from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received her law degree from the University of Virginia.


Christine Lepera focuses her practice on the entertainment and media
industries as a litigator and strategic advisor. Christine is a co-chair of the
Entertainment & IP Litigation Practice Group and member of the firm's
Governing Board. Her practice covers the landscape of entertainment/media
disputes and issues, including claims of copyright and trademark infringement,
unfair competition, right of publicity/privacy violations, and industry contract
and commercial disputes. Christine has represented many leading entertainers
and entertainment/media companies, including those mentioned in the
representative matters below.


Cydney Tune leads Pillsbury's Copyrights practice and Media & Entertainment industry team.  She handles a wide variety of intellectual property and entertainment matters, including copyrights and trademarks, and a broad array of licensing, digital media, rights enforcement, and the convergence of entertainment and technology.  Ms. Tune has extensive experience with issues in a wide variety of types of content including book and e-book publishing, television programs, motion pictures including documentaries and trailers, video games, performing arts including music, dance, and both virtual and live performances, visual arts including fine art, graphic arts, and photography, online and social media content of all kinds, and NFTs.

The Daily Journal has named Ms. Tune one of the Top 10 Copyright Lawyers in California and listed her among California's top "25 licensing specialists".  She is a "Best Lawyers in America" in Entertainment Law—in both the Music and Media Law categories.  She is also a “Super Lawyer” in intellectual property.  She is a frequent speaker and author on topics pertaining to intellectual property, entertainment, licensing and the convergence of entertainment and technology.

Affiliations

  • Past Vice Chair, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and Immediate Past Chair of the Licensing, Branding and Merchandise Division for that organization
  • Past Chair, Copyright Interest Group, State Bar of California IP Section, former Executive Committee member
  • Editorial Board, International Entertainment Law Journal
  • Advisory Board, Copyright World
  • Advisory Board, Internet Law & Strategy
  • Executive Committee and Northern California Chapter Chair, Emeritus, Copyright Society of the U.S.A.


Richard Giller focuses his practice on recovering insurance benefits from reluctant insurance companies on behalf of his corporate and individual clients.

With more than 30 years of experience as an insurance recovery lawyer, Richard counsels for his clients in complex insurance and commercial matters and, when necessary, crafts litigation strategies to protect his clients. He has represented policyholders all over the country and successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars in defense costs, settlements and indemnity payments on behalf of his clients. Richard is a strong advocate for policyholders in cases involving nearly every type of insurance coverage.

In addition to representing corporate clients, Richard also represents collegiate and professional athletes, professional sports teams and entertainers in connection with permanent total disability (PTD), temporary total disability (TTD) and loss-of-value (LOV) insurance claims, as well as securing workers’ compensation benefits for professional athletes. His sports insurance clients have called him “the foremost expert in the area of sports insurance,” noting he’s “a pleasure to work with.” He also has significant experience in matters involving event cancellation and other types of entertainment insurance claims.

Colleague Eric Chenowith, Owner of Leverage Disability and Life Insurance Services recently said, “In a world where insurance consumers are often misled by unscrupulous brokers and disregarded by carriers during claims, there is Richard Giller to keep them honest. The past six years I have had the honor to get to know Richard professionally and personally. This time has allowed me to attest to his character, work ethic and integrity. Most importantly, he arms me with confidence to pursue my career as the country’s leading Lloyd’s sports Insurance producer knowing he is there to deploy if a claim is ever unreasonably denied.”


SHARON J. GLANCZ

Director, Syndication Licensing and Business Affairs, NBC Entertainment

Sharon J. Glancz has served in the entertainment legal and business affairs field since 2000.  In her current role, Glancz negotiates and drafts contracts, reviews content, and advises and provides strategic guidance on legal and business issues for television production and film programming sold throughout the United States for broadcast and some cable syndication. 

Glancz is a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA. Glancz is a member of both the California State Bar and Nevada State Bar and she is also licensed to argue in front of the United States District Court, Central District of California.  Glancz is also a VA accredited attorney.

In addition to her position, Glancz is a Global Advisory Committee Co-Leader for the employee resource group Veterans Network @ NBCUniversal and previously served as West Coast Co-Leader and National Communications Leader.  She also previously served as the Events Chair for the GE Women’s Network, Los Angeles Hub.

Among her activities in her spare time, Glancz is the Diversity Liaison for the Intellectual Property Section  and a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the California Lawyers Association.  Glancz is also a member of the Editorial Board of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine and the NBCUniversal Legal Department's Community Engagement Committee.  Glancz is also a member of several other committees, including the Los Angeles County Bar's Armed Forces Committee, the USO Entertainment Advisory Council, and the Entertainment Industry Coalition of Got Your 6. 


Jakgeem Mays is CEO and Principal Attorney at Mays Law Group, P.C.  As an entertainment attorney, he works with a variety of entertainment industry professionals including actors, recording artists, producers, songwriters, film and television studios, production companies, record labels, music publishers and new media companies.

Prior to forming Mays Law Group, P.C., Jakgeem worked at NBCUniversal at what is now NBCUniversal Television & Streaming.  Starting in Business Affairs for  the broadcast team, he worked on a variety of scripted and unscripted projects including, The Voice, Revolution, The Mindy Project, The Biggest Loser, American Ninja Warrior, The NAACP Image Awards and The Betty White 90th Birthday Special.  Jakgeem transitioned to Legal Affairs for NBCUniversal’s cable networks (USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, E! and Universal Kids) and studios (Universal Content Productions) where he drafted and negotiated development and production agreements and provided guidance on legal issues in connection with production, guild, labor, insurance, risk, compliance for linear and non-linear programming.  Prior to NBCUniversal, he worked as law clerk at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP where he focused on immigration matters.

Jakgeem earned a Bachelor of Music degree from NYU and began his career in the music industry working for companies such as Sony Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Arista Records and EMI Music Publishing.  He earned a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law while attending Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.  He is an active member of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (“BESLA”) and served as a founding Co-Chair of BESLA’s Young Lawyers Division.

 

 


Tim Browne counsels clients nationwide in the areas of professional sports, media, entertainment, technology, and marketing and advertising, with a particular focus on the acquisition, protection and distribution of various forms of intellectual property.  

Tim advises companies on a broad range of subject matter, such as professional sports team acquisitions and expansion bids; corporate branding matters; rules and regulations of professional sports leagues and amateur associations; large-scale events and entertainment negotiations; joint ventures, franchise agreements, collaborations and strategic alliances; general corporate governance; non-disclosure agreements; digital and linear content licenses and distribution agreements; and sponsorship and advertising transactions.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Tim served as an in-house attorney for 10 years at the league office of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and most recently was Vice President of Legal & Business Affairs (and Co-Head of their Media Legal Group). Tim was responsible for advising NBA and team clients alike on a variety of licensing and business matters in the areas of digital and social media, content production and distribution, marketing and advertising, and events and entertainment. He was a key member of the negotiating team for one of the NBA’s most significant commercial initiatives: the 2014 renewal of the national media rights agreements between the NBA and each of Disney and Turner Broadcasting. Tim served as an integral part of the business affairs and legal team tasked with leading the NBA’s negotiations with regional sports networks, YouTube, Apple, local and national audio distributors and joint ventures and co-sales arrangements with partners such as Turner Broadcasting, the NCAA and USA Basketball.


Yakub Hazzard is a partner in Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp's Entertainment and IP Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Hazzard specializes in litigating high-profile matters involving intellectual property, right of publicity, privacy, breach of contract, profit participation, commercial disputes, and other media & entertainment-related conflicts across a wide range of industries.

Yakub began his career at MSK in the 1990s, developing his entertainment litigation practice as the firm was representing the Recording Industry Association of America in the Napster dispute. Over his career, he has represented an array of entertainment industry clients, from Berry Gordy and the Ray Charles Foundation to Incubus and Weezer, in litigation spanning copyright, trademark, right of publicity and contracts. His clients have also included foreign distributors and leading video game companies.

At NBCUniversal, his most recent role, Mr. Hazzard handled all profit participation audits and litigation for the company’s television, film and consumer products businesses. In addition, Mr. Hazzard oversaw copyright,trademark and general litigation matters brought by or against NBCUniversal.


Jeff Brabec is Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for BMG Rights Management (US) LLC (BMG).  BMG is the fourth largest music publisher in the world and owns and controls over 3,000,000 million copyrights.  Brabec specializes in evaluating, analyzing, projecting income and negotiating music publishing catalogue acquisitions in addition to songwriter, co-publishing, administration, subpublishing, Broadway musical, writer-for-hire motion picture and direct license  agreements as well as music licensing and termination rights issues.  Previously, he has been Vice President of Business Affairs for both The Chrysalis Music Group and The PolyGram Music Group and Director of Business Affairs for The Welk Music Group and Arista-Interworld Music Group.  A graduate of New York University School of Law, he has also been a government legal services attorney. 

Brabec is the co-author of the best-selling book "MUSIC, MONEY, AND SUCCESS: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Business" (8th Edition (2018) / Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales).  He is also co-author of the Music Publishing chapter of the 2018 Juris Publications multiple volume treatise "The Essential Guide To Entertainment Law".  He has been awarded the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism and The Texas Star Award by the Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for Outstanding Contribution and Achievement in the Field of Entertainment Law and the 2019 California Copyright Conference Apollo Award  honoring leadership and achievement In the music industry.

Brabec is an adjunct professor  at USC Thornton School of Music/Business Division where he teaches music publishing and licensing, is Contributing Editor to the Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine and has written and continues to author numerous articles on the music industry. He Is also on the board of the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) which was established by the Music Modernization Act to issue blanket licenses to digital music services for interactive streaming, collect license fees, match musical works with their correct owners and pay royalties to the  music publishers and other parties representing songwriters, composers and lyricists of the works which are streamed. .


Todd Brabec, former ASCAP Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership, is an Entertainment Law attorney, a Deems Taylor Award winning co-author of the best selling music business book " Music, Money and Success: the Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business” (8th edition, Schirmer Books/ Music Sales, 2019) as well as the “Music Publishing Law” chapter in the 2 volume legal treatise “ The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law-Dealmaking” ( Juris Publications, 2018), an Adjunct Professor at USC where he teaches the course on Music Licensing, Music Publishing and Film, Television and Video Game Scoring and Song Contracts and a former Governing Committee member as well as Music and Budget Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. In addition to the Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Journalism, he is the recipient of the  2005 Educational Leadership Award from the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), the 2015 Texas Star Award for Outstanding  Achievement and Contribution to the field of Entertainment Law and the 2019 Apollo Award for Excellence in Leadership and Achievement in the Music Industry and is a graduate of the New York University School of Law.

During his 37 year career at ASCAP, he was responsible for all Membership operations, personnel and offices as well as signing many of ASCAP’s most successful songwriters, writer/artists and film and television composers in addition to significantly changing many of ASCAP's payment, distribution and survey rules including those that significantly increased the royalties for successful radio songs and film and television theme songs and scores. In addition, he was involved in numerous federal “Rate Court” proceedings as well as Consent Decree reviews.

He lectures extensively throughout the world at conferences, universities, bar associations, law firms and management companies and has appeared on numerous panels including PLI, the American Bar Association, the Game Developers Conference, DIMA, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, NATPE, Midem as well as many others. He has hundreds of published articles on all aspects of the business and law of Music and Entertainment. His Mitchell Hamline law review article, “The Performance Right: a World in Transition”, was selected by West/Thomson/Reuters as one of the best Entertainment Law Review articles of 2016.