Economy of Entertainment: A Webinar Series

Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP; Miller Kaplan; Hong Kong Association of Atlanta; and Hong Kong Business Association of Nevada will co-host a four-part series on the Economy of Entertainment. Hear special guests and industry experts speak on a panel moderated by SGR attorneys.


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#3: Follow the Money!$!

October 21, 2021, 3:00PM to 4:30PM EST

We will discuss finance agreements, implementation and disputes, Distribution Agreements in Film, Music, and TV, Video Games, E-sports, and Revenue Generation models. We will also discuss the following case studies: Scarlet Johansen Lawsuit, Bill Nye Lawsuit, and Sony/Ricky Nelson Lawsuit. 


Guest Speakers:

  • Joseph Amato, District Director, Small Business Association’s Nevada District Office

    Joseph was appointed District Director for the SBA’s Nevada District Office in August of 2017. A former executive and business leader with more than 30 years of experience in small business development and commercial lending, Joseph oversees the delivery of Small Business Administration services in Nevada from the SBA’s Las Vegas District Office, and Reno area office.


Michael is a Intellectual Property (IP) and Entertainment lawyer, a U.S. Patent Attorney, and a U.K. Solicitor (England and Wales). Michael counsels clients on all aspects of IP including procuring protections, managing transfers, agreements, and litigation.


Vincent Leoni is a partner with Miller Kaplan in Los Angeles and is the partner in charge of the firm’s Licensing & Royalties / Contract Compliance practice. He has more than 30 years of experience providing entertainment consulting, royalty/contract compliance, and profit participation examinations. Vincent performs these services on behalf of licensors, owners of intellectual property, film studios, production companies, recording artists, music publishers, profit participants, and software developers.

Tyler is an integral member of the BondIt deal team, taking point in negotiating, structuring, and contracting deals in addition to risk analysis, business development, and other ongoing operations. Gould also oversees the internal development slate of projects by reviewing, developing, and packaging projects for original productions. Gould has a background in film production and finance, graduating with degrees in Radio/Television/Film and Economics from Northwestern University.

Grady is responsible for investment structuring and analysis, business development, and supporting the company’s financing, accounting, operations, marketing, and administration. His versatility serves indie screenwriters, producers, and filmmakers alike, as he’s packaging and pitching a number of feature films and episodic series on his Executive Producing slate. He holds degrees in Economics and Film Studies, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, from Boston College.


#4: Accounting: War Stories & Remedies

Date TBD

Discussion of audit processes and procedures, war stories, and remedies.

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For questions about these events:

Krunali Shroff
Business Development Coordinator; Smith Gambrell & Russell
Rebecka Valente
Director of Marketing, Miller Kaplan





#1: Trends & ROIs

April 21, 2021, 11:00AM to 12:30PM EST

This session will focus on trends in the film and gaming industries.

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  • Michael Riesen, Partner – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (Atlanta, GA)


  • Marcus Howard, CEO MetArena; President Tampa Association of Gaming (Tampa, FL)
  • Vincent Leoni, CPA, Partner – Miller Kaplan (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Jonas Barnes, producer and writer; original film, Dragon Shark Entertainment
  • Peter Yam, Producer – Blue Island Production Company Ltd. (Hong Kong)


#2: Anatomy of a Contract

June 24, 2021, 2:00PM to 3:30PM EST

We will discuss the type of contracts in the industry and typical terminology, such as importance of a Letter of Intent (LOI), Term Sheet, dispute resolution, defining ownership of Intellectual Property, and more!

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Guest Speakers:

  • Lee Thomas, Deputy Commissioner Film, Music & Digital Entertainment – Georgia Economic Development Department (Atlanta, GA)
  • “Why Hong Kong”: Curtis Louie, Marketing Manager – Hong Kong Trade Development Council (New York)



  • Michael Riesen, Partner – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (Atlanta, GA)


  • Kiyoaki (Kiyo) Kojima, Partner – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (Atlanta, GA)
  • Collin Freer, General Counsel – Blackhall Real Estate (Atlanta, GA)
  • Alexander Ammons, Director of Business Development & Music Catalog Acquisition – Key Royalty Partners (Atlanta, GA)
  • Vincent Leoni, CPA, Partner – Miller Kaplan (Los Angeles, CA)


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