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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#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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Moderator:

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

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.

Panelists:

  • Marcus Howard, CEO MetArena; President Tampa Association of Gaming (Tampa, FL)

Marcus Howard is the CEO of MetArena, which helps brands of all sizes use family-friendly esports to virtually engage their entire communities. He’s also the President of the Tampa Association of Gaming, a non-profit dedicated to growing the gaming/esports industry and STEAM youth programs in the Tampa Bay region.

  • Vincent Leoni, CPA, Partner – Miller Kaplan (Los Angeles, CA)

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.

  • Jonas Barnes, producer and writer; original film, Dragon Shark Entertainment

Jonas Barnes is a 20 year veteran of the feature film and television industry who got his start working for Neal Moritz at Original Film developing franchises. He is known for studio level feature film development, packaging, and sales on films like SWAT, Fast and Furious, and Babysitter Wanted. Barnes recently launched Dragon Shark, a film and TV development and financing company, focused on family content. The company is based in Fayetteville, GA at Trilith Studios.

  • Peter Yam, Producer – Blue Island Production Company Ltd. (Hong Kong)

Peter is an independent documentary and feature film producer. Peter’s productions have been screened at several film festivals including the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Hong Kong Independent Film Festival 2016, to name a few. Peter’s productions have garnered critical acclaim including “Best Documentary award” Taipei Golden Horse Award 2020 and qualified for 91st Academy Awards Best Documentary nominations.

 


#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!

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Speakers:

  • Lee Thomas, Deputy Commissioner Film, Music & Digital Entertainment – Georgia Economic Development Department (Atlanta, GA)

    Lee worked for the Georgia Film and Videotape Office as a project manager, and then became a location specialist for the office in 1998. After finding locations for film and television projects for 12 years, Lee became director of the film division in 2010, and was then promoted to Director of Film, Music & Digital Entertainment in 2011. Films that Lee has worked with include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Blind Side, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, Footloose, Fast 5, The Conspirator, and Zombieland.

  • “Why Hong Kong”: Curtis Louie, Marketing Manager – Hong Kong Trade Development Council (New York)

    Curtis designs, organizes, and orchestrates strategic programs, seminars, exhibitions, and business matching services to invigorate trade between Hong Kong and the U.S. He researches market trends, international sales and marketing opportunities, and analytic insights, as well as trade and investment challenges. 

Moderator:

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

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.

Panelists:

  • Kiyoaki (Kiyo) Kojima, Partner – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (Atlanta, GA)

    Kiyo advises clients in corporate formation, governance and compliance matters; mergers and acquisitions; secured transactions; joint ventures; leasing and licensing matters; distribution, franchise and finance arrangements; and a wide-range of commercial transactions. An important part of Kiyo’s practice includes his work with international companies in relocating, operating and establishing subsidiaries in the U.S. He assists companies with incentives and site selection; real estate acquisitions and construction agreements; corporate formation and governance; regulatory compliance; and contracts of all types to help ensure a seamless U.S. launch or transition for his clients.

  • Collin Freer, General Counsel – Blackhall Real Estate (Atlanta, GA)

Collin Freer handles transactional and litigation matters for Blackhall Real Estate, which oversaw Blackhall Studios, a leading Atlanta-area media production facility. In this role, he manages and supports outside litigation counsel and corporate counsel and has been involved in the negotiation and drafting of a broad scope of agreements with entertainment-industry partners.

  • Alexander Ammons, Director of Business Development & Music Catalog Acquisition – Key Royalty Partners (Atlanta, GA)

Alexander sources catalog acquisition opportunities by consulting with labels, publishers, and songwriters to help maximize the value of their sound recording and publishing assets. He has a diverse music background, including Music Management, Music Production, Business Development, and Artist Promotions. Working in Asia, Europe, and North America has provided him with a global music industry perspective.

  • Vincent Leoni, CPA, Partner – Miller Kaplan (Los Angeles, CA)

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.

 

 


#3: Follow the Money!$!

Date TBD

Discussions on finance agreements, implementation, disputes, and remedies.

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#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
Marketing Manager, Miller Kaplan

 


 

 

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