Monday, October 19th, 2015

Artists in Hollywood - Actors - Writers - Performers - Directors - Producers

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Marina Vista Room - Webcasting Live from this Room

CrowdFunding Update:  Exploring Innovation in the Crowdfunding Film-TV-Start-up Process

Ron Miller, CEO, StartEngine

David Albert Pierce, Esq., Managing Member, Pierce Law Group LLP

Stephen Y. Ma, Partner, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP

Bryan M. Sullivan, Partner, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP

Samuel S. Guzik, Founder, GUZIK & ASSOCIATES

Marlon Schulman, Founder and CEO, Horror Equity Fund LLC

Ash Kumra, Co-Founder,, Startup America California Leader, Moderator

and over 100 independent films.  He has also been involved in over 100 reality TV deals and has worked for such acclaimed production companies as multi-Emmy Award winners Harpo Productions and Profiles Television Productions (producers of The Amazing Race).  In 2014, David helped craft a sophisticated financing plan for a primary investor of the Keanu Reeves’ film entitled “John Wick,” and he works closely with independent film lenders and studios, and has written articles concerning crowdfunding for filmmakers.  He is a frequent lecturer on legal issues confronting the entertainment industry, and regularly teaches a course on running production companies at UCLA Extension, and Media Law & Ethics for Elon University’s Semester In L.A. program. He has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at LMU School of Film & Television, and was a guest lecturer at the University of St. Petersburg School of Film in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is an annual speaker at Slamdance Film Festival, and the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences on the topic of entertainment updates.  David is a regular columnist for MovieMaker Magazine. He has been accorded the status of “Super Lawyer” by Thomson-Reuters and “Million Dollar Advocate” by Top Trial Lawyers in America.  He is also a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s “Order of Distinguished Attorneys.”


Ronald D. Miller is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur having visualized, founded, built and sold five companies through management buyouts, private equity firms, private investors and public markets.  Currently, Ron is a partner in StartEngine, LA's largest tech accelerator. He is helping to find, screen and fund new technology related start-ups and build an equity crowdfunding platform company. As the CEO of StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc., Ron facilitates financial ignition for innovative tech and media companies in order to help entrepreneurs achieve the American dream.  Ron founded the San Diego Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and served for 3 years as the Chapter’s Chair. He is also a member of WPO/YPO where he has served on the executive committee. Ron is also a member of the CNBC-YPO Chief Executive Network, the LA Mayor's Council on Technology and Innovation and the Advisory Council of USC Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.


Bryan M. Sullivan advises and represents his clients as a legal strategist in all their business affairs.  He assists his clients in achieving their business goals while ensuring that they receive the utmost level of protection along the way.  His experience also includes being a veteran facilitator, fundraiser and volunteer in many nationwide political campaigns, as well as co-founder, Director and CFO of Basta, Inc., a non-profit tenants’ rights group.  Representations include an entertainment management company in a dispute over commissions owed from the Spiderman movie franchise.  He has also written two crowdfunding articles with his Partner Stephen Ma for Forbes: “The Ten Commandments of Crowdfunding,” and “Crowdfunding: Potential Legal Disaster Waiting To Happen.”


Marlon W. Schulman’s leadership in creating targeted, revenue-producing communities within the entertainment industry is enhanced by his intuition and passion. As an entrepreneurial producer and attorney, his specialty is the creation of diverse profit-driven entertainment products and services through innovatively conceived integration of proven strategies with new technologies. He has successfully completed numerous and profitable entrepreneurial initiatives, both within major entertainment companies (Bandai Entertainment, Orion Pictures, AECG), as well as in his independent and partnership entities (Wednesday Morning Productions, Realbuzz Studios, Libertas Law Group). Those projects were created to serve de-centralized, under-served and in certain cases un-recognized interest groups, resulting in new audiences and on-going revenue centers. Early recognition of voids in the marketplace is key to his approach. Before anime was widely recognized in the US, he formed an on-line, global community of avid fans with Anime Village for Bandai; with ground-breaking, value-reinforcement series of manga graphic novels, he addressed the otherwise-ignored concerns of young, mostly female, faith-based readers; by shepherding Opus 1 Music Library’s entry into new mobile technology, he led a generation-old business into the digital age.  His active, strategic stance at the crossroads of new technology, law, business and the creative arts has led to the generation of hundreds of million of dollars in fresh revenue and the establishment of long-running revenue streams in the entertainment industry. Mr. Schulman has been a contributor and panelist at Digital Hollywood; PitchFest; Nashville Film Con; Comic-Con; NYC Comic Con; Boston University (LA Campus); and numerous other venues.


Samuel S. Guzik, Founder, GUZIK & ASSOCIATES: Samuel S. Guzik has more than 35 years of experience as a corporate and securities attorney and business advisor in private practice in New York and Los Angeles, including as an associate at Willkie Farr and Gallagher, a major New York based international law firm, a partner at the law firm of Ervin, Cohen and Jessup, in Los Angeles, and in the firm he founded in 1993, Guzik & Associates.  Mr. Guzik has represented public and privately held companies and entrepreneurs on a broad range of business and financing transactions, both public and private.  Guzik has represented businesses in a diverse range of industries, including digital media, apparel, health care and numerous high technology based businesses. He is a recognized authority and thought leader on matters relating to the JOBS Act of 2012 and the ongoing SEC rulemaking, including Regulation D Rule 506 private placements, Regulation A+, and investment crowdfinance. He has been consulted by Congressional members, state legislators and the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy on matters relating to the JOBS Act and state securities matters. He has also been cited by SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher on two occasions in public statements, both for his advocacy on behalf of SME’s and his thought leadership on SEC rulemaking and post-JOBS Act reforms.  Mr. Guzik is also a prolific writer on JOBS Act issues affecting entrepreneurs, small and emerging companies, investors and Internet-based funding portals. He is a frequent blogger on his blog, The Corporate Securities Lawyer Blog, addressing developing corporate and securities laws issues.  In 2014 he published two major commentaries on JOBS Act rulemaking in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation: the first article, entitled “Regulation A+ Offerings – a New Era at the SEC,” discussing the SEC’s proposed regulations implementing JOBS Act Title IV Regulation A+;  the second article entitled “SEC Crowdfunding Rulemaking under the JOBS Act – An Opportunity Lost?” addressing deficiencies in the SEC’s proposed Title III investment crowdfunding regulations.  His articles have also been cited in national business publications on issues relating to federal securities regulation, including, Forbes, Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek, Compliance Weekly and Mr. Guzik is also a regular speaker on federal securities matters, including JOBS Act legislation. Mr. Guzik is also a founding member of The Heritage Foundation Securities Regulation Working Group, focusing on federal regulatory issues affecting small businesses and emerging growth companies, including ongoing JOBS Act and Dodd-Frank SEC rulemaking. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA). He received a B.S. degree in Industrial and Labor relations from Cornell University and is a graduate of Stanford University Law School.  He is admitted to practice in both New York and California.


Ash Kumra, Co-Founder, DreamItAlive: Ash Kumra is an award winning entrepreneur and public speaker most recently recognized by the White House as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs making an impact for America. Ash is a founder of; an online community dedicated to guiding people to create, believe and live out their dreams using virtual dream boards. Ash  has been recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship from institutions and luminaries such as the White House, Reverend Rick Warren, TED talks, and the Young Entrepreneur’s Council. Ash is also part of the 2012 California State Team for White House/Steve Case founded "Startup America" and the incoming 2012 chairman for southern california based Tech Coast Venture Network. Ash has spoken to over 10,000 people on entrepreneurship, social media and branding for many colleges, institutions, and organizations world wide. Ash works as a business advisor for many leading educational institutions including Occidental College, Chapman University, Concordia University, and UC Irvine Merage Business School. Ash is also co-founder of digital content distribution agency DesiYou; the 2010 recipient for "Best Digital Media" company by the Irvine Entrepreneur Forum. Ash is an active Internet & Branding advisor/investor to various entrepreneurial ventures.




David Albert Pierce, Esq., Managing Member, Pierce Law Group LLP: David is the managing member of Pierce Law Group LLP, a nine attorney entertainment law firm in Beverly Hills founded in 1998.  He is a graduate of Cornell Law School. David’s practice encompasses all areas of entertainment law.  His firm specializes in Film, TV & new media finance, production counsel services, entity formation, talent representation, and counseling creative entrepreneurs.  A few of David’s notable works include providing production counsel services on The Academy Award winning film “The Artist,” as well as, providing legal services on all of the Hunger Games films (along with several other Lionsgate film titles),