Monday, October 19th, 2015

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Track I: Ballroom Terrace – Live Webcast from this Room

MCNS Become MPNs, Multiplatform Networks, the Next Wave in Entertainment and Media Programming, Part I

Danika Vittitoe, Director, Media Legal, YAHOO

Rozanna Tesler Fried, Vice President (VP) of Business and Legal Affairs, Fullscreen

Chris Riley, General Counsel, Machinima

Eunice Shin, Director, Manatt Digital Media

Alan Friel, Partner, Baker Hostetler

Judith Dornstein, Esq., Law Offices of Judith C. Dornstein, Moderator

 

Chris Riley is General Counsel of Machinima, Inc., where he is responsible for managing all of the company’s legal affairs.  Prior to that, he was a partner in the Corporate Group at Bingham McCutchen LLP in Los Angeles.  Earlier, he acted as a legal consultant to Disney Interactive, was General Counsel, Senior Vice President and Secretary of Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc., and served as General Counsel and Vice President of Match.com, L.L.C.  Mr. Riley was a corporate associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles and Sidley & Austin in Chicago.  Mr. Riley received his J.D. in 1995 from Boalt Hall (University of California at Berkeley) where he was book review editor of the California Law Review, and his B.A. in philosophy with honors from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1990.

 

Eunice Shin, head of Consulting for Manatt Digital Media, is digital media strategy executive with 20 years of industry experience.  Eunice has provided strategic consulting services as a trusted advisor to the major studios, new digital media platforms, and other leading media and entertainment and brand companies.  Eunice is passionate about the transformative opportunity with customer engagement in the digital media space, and bridges her network of innovators, content creators, and digital media trailblazers to deliver game changing results.  Eunice is a thought leader in the latest disruptive innovations in the industry including MCNs, VR/AR, and digital-first entertainment, and participates in numerous press and industry events.

 

Alan Friel, partner, Baker Hostetler; Focusing his practice on intellectual property transactions, regulatory schemes, and privacy and consumer protection law, Alan Friel is a thought leader regarding convergence legal issues—the property, liability, and regulatory implications at the evolving intersections between media, marketing, technology, distribution, commerce, data, Big Data, and communication brought about by the ongoing digital revolution. Alan represents clients in acquisitions, financing, distribution, development, publishing, and financing transactions, especially in cases where complex intellectual property and regulatory concerns exist. He brings the experience and foresight necessary to help companies and entrepreneurs navigate the compelling, yet complex, opportunities disruptive technology creates. He coordinates the firm's Advertising, Retailing, and e-Commerce industry initiative. Alan has been contributing to the development of the legal and business paradigms of cyberspace since the days of CD-Rom and bulletin board services, and negotiated the first experimental Internet production agreements with traditional Hollywood talent unions—SAG, DGA, and WGA—in the 1990s. Alan remains on the cutting edge of emerging media, crafting alliances between TV producers and distributors and online services, as well as between big brands, social game publishers, and "app" developers. A sought-after speaker and counselor regarding the practical application of substantive legal issues, Alan is affiliated with UCLA as an Assistant Professor in a multi-disciplinary project at the Graduate School of TV, Film and Digital Media, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. Alan is ranked amongst the 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Technology by American Lawyer Media and was recognized by Legal 500 in its 2013 Technology, Media and Telecom (Technology/Data Protection and Privacy) ranking.

 

Judith Dornstein, Esq., Law Offices of Judith C. Dornstein:  Judith has been honored to be named consistently to the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers by Martindale Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standard from her peers. Less than 5% of women lawyers are recognized with an HV Preeminent rating. In that capacity she has drafted and negotiated above-and-below the line contracts for many television and motion picture productions, and has negotiated deals and contracts for many actors, writers, directors, producers, authors, musicians, songwriters, publishing companies, companies in the motion picture, television, music, video and Internet fields. Her expertise ranges from the acquisition of rights, through the development, production, exhibition, distribution, merchandising and exploitation of projects. In such capacity she has negotiated and drafted agreements with above-the-line and below-the-line talent (casting agents, writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, consultants, executives), financing agreements, location agreements, product clearance releases, guild and union agreements, composer, conductor and arranger agreements, soundtrack agreements, animation agreements, reality show agreements, synchronization and master use licenses, management agreements, tour agreements, merchandising agreements, network agreements, licensing agreements for television (free and cable) and video, joint venture/co-production agreements, distribution and financing agreements, minors' agreements, as well as copyright and trademark filings, and production joint ventures, partnerships and corporations. Judith has previously served on the Board of the Beverly Hills Bar and of Women in Film,as Chairperson of the Los Angeles County Bar Intellectual Property Committee, as a lecturer at UCLA Extension on "Starting and Operating a Production Company" and many other forums, and most recently as Chairperson and Moderator of the Brand Integration seminar on May 19, 2010 for the Beverly Hills Bar Entertainment Section. Judith is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Entertainment Executive Committee, the LA County Bar Entertainment and Intellectual Property Executive Committee and the Subscreen Section, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (AMEC), the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP), the Planning Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar/USC Entertainment Law Institute, and has been a mentor to students in the L.A. city schools through the Fulfillment Fund and the Community Magnet School.

Danika Vittitoe is a member of Yahoo’s Media Legal group and the lead attorney for Yahoo Screen, Yahoo Studios and Yahoo Sports.  She handles business and legal affairs for the acquisition and production of Yahoo’s  television-style series and features content and is responsible for negotiating and managing all legal aspects of Yahoo’s owned and licensed video content, including agreements with distributors, creators and on-camera talent.  Prior to joining Yahoo, Ms. Vittitoe was a legal affairs director at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network during the network’s launch and first years of operation.  Ms. Vittitoe gained her legal background in intellectual property while a litigator with Arnold & Porter LLP in its Los Angeles office. Ms. Vittitoe obtained her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her B.A. from Dartmouth College.