Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Track IV: The Workshop - Poolside Tent I -

Investment, Financing & Packaging Projects: Unique Content - Unique Technology - Funding & Monetizing Properties Across Platforms

Kelemen Papp, Executive Director, Mooreland Partners

Leif Reinstein, Head of Entertainment, Rosenfeld Meyer & Susman

David O. Higley, Managing Partner, Bond Lane Merchant Bank

Greg Akselrud, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Hamet Watt, Venture Partner, Upfront Ventures

Brandon Quartararo, Director, Digital Capital Advisors

Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc., Moderator

owners and brands in complex property driven deals.  Leif expertly provides his clients with a superlative "all-in-one" advisory service which includes business affairs, legal counsel, Hollywood insider perspective, and global marketplace strategy.  Leif began his career at an institutional law firm as a corporate associate working in mergers and acquisitions and on initial public offerings for media conglomerates and start-ups.  He then became a talent attorney at a top entertainment boutique where for ten years, as a partner, he represented A-list actors, writers, showrunners, producers, directors and companies on some of the industry's most successful movie franchises and television shows.   Throughout his career Leif has represented FremantleMedia, which in 2010 invited him to run its scripted television business and legal affairs division in Los Angeles.  While in-house there, Leif implemented new corporate policies, led negotiations with major U.S broadcasters and co-production partners, and was instrumental in cross-border financing and distribution deals out of its London headquarters.  In furthering his career expertise in new media & technology issues for entertainment, Leif also worked closely with Fremantle's digital unit, FMX, and its production and exploitation of original online and mobile content.   With his deep background in corporate transactions, talent representation and in-house business, legal & financial affairs, Leif is uniquely able to advise clients from multiple commercial vantage points so as to conclude thoughtful deals for them which address today's changing world for entertainment.  During his off time, Leif actively works with and supports gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and questioning youth through his volunteering at The Trevor Project.  He is an LA native, sports enthusiast, civil aviation and travel buff, and animal lover with two beautiful, adopted cats -- Gilbert and Katja -- whom he shares with his husband-to-be, Jaime.  Leif brings an international flavor to all of his dealings as he is a dual national of the U.S. and Finland (E.U.), speaks multiple languages, and has lived on four continents.

 

Kelemen Papp currently serves as an Executive Director at Mooreland Partners, a tech-focused investment bank.  Kelemen has 10 years of investment banking experience in tech, where he has advised clients in the mobile and digital media sectors across a range of transactions, including M&A, Private Placements, Divestitures, etc.  Prior to Mooreland, Kelemen was a Vice President at Rutberg & Company, a boutique investment bank focused exclusively on the mobile sector.  Prior to joining Rutberg, Kelemen spent several years working in product development for companies in the FinTech sector.  He helped launch both Curian Capital, a managed accounts platform for custom portfolios, and FOLIOfn, an Internet-based trading platform that enables dollar-based investing.  Kelemen also helped facilitate the spinout of the NASDAQ by assisting FINRA in the development of the Alternative Display Facility (ADF), an SRO display-only market center.  Kelemen holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a BBA in Information Technology from The College of William & Mary.

 

David O. Higley, Managing Partner, Bond Lane Partners LLC: Resigned as Managing Director and Global Head of Digital Media at UBS Investment Bank to form Bond Lane Partners, a registered merchant bank serving the Digital Media sector. In addition to providing the services found at traditional investment banks (i.e., M&A, capital raising, strategic advisory), Bond Lane is an active investor within Digital Media. Currently we have seven investments in our portfolio - and growing! Bond Lane Partners is a merchant bank serving the digital media sector. Its founder, David Higley, formed and built the digital media group at UBS Investment bank where he was a managing director and Global Head of Digital Media until he formed Bond Lane Partners. In addition to providing the services found at traditional investment banks (i.e., M&A, capital raising, strategic advisory), Bond Lane acts as a principal investor with six investments in its portfolio (and growing).

 

Hamet Watt is a Venture Partner at Upfront Ventures. He is also co-founder and Chairman of bLife, — a wellness innovation company, and co-founder and Chairman of MoviePass — a subscription service for movies in theaters. Previously, Hamet was an entrepreneur-in-residence at True Ventures, after exiting another company that he founded called NextMedium, which was acquired by Brand Affinity Technologies. Prior to founding NextMedium, Hamet advised Nielsen Media Research in the development of the first product placement measurement service for network and cable television. Hamet was also a General Partner in the New Africa Opportunity Fund — a $120 million venture capital fund, which was the first US-backed venture fund investing in post-apartheid South Africa. A leader in both the Los Angeles and wider entrepreneurial communities, Hamet has received numerous awards for technology innovation and entrepreneurship — including a “Top 10 Black Innovators Award” — and was named by Business Insider Magazine one of 2014’s “46 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.” Hamet sits on the board and/or advises several companies and organizations. He has frequently been noted in the national press for innovation in media and entrepreneurship, and has been featured in publications such as Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and Forbes. Hamet currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Joy, and his son, Zion.

 

Brandon Quartararo, Director, Digital Capital Advisors: Brandon began his career at BMO Capital Markets where he honed his skills executing a wide variety of advisory assignments for mid and large cap companies across a multitude of sectors. He went on to focus on companies spanning the digital media and entertainment ecosystem, performing M&A, private placements, and other corporate finance mandates for different boutique investment banks before joining DCA in 2011. Brandon holds a dual B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

 

Greg Akselrud, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP: He chair's the Firm's Internet, New Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, Internet, technology, and apparel industries. Greg's practice involves providing advice in connection with general corporate matters (including company formation, stock incentive plans, executive employment agreements, and various commercial and business contracts), venture capital and angel financings, mergers and acquisitions (including public reverse mergers), private equity and debt securities offerings, public offerings, federal and state securities law reporting requirements, intellectual property strategic counseling, Internet and e-commerce matters, and entertainment, content and digital media transactional matters. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing. Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit's Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).

 

Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc.: is a widely-acclaimed strategic consultant to technology and media CEOs, U.S. and worldwide. Her work helps create wealth for founders and investors of entrepreneurial ventures.  Her capital strategies drive up her clients’ valuations and profitability. She has a special expertise in working with emerging and disruptive technologies. She consults to Fortune 500 companies, capitalized start-ups, and investment funds, often serving as a “shadow CEO” to extend her clients’ bandwidth. She advises product and service companies and consultants. Her work optimizes her clients’ growth, deal flow and profitability. Successes include the 1st Internet B2B IPO with $30M to each of the three founders in year 5; the sale of a husband/wife software company for $50M in year 4; the raising of $2.2M in seed capital with no equity out, for a software venture she built in China; the sale of a start-up Internet company within 8 months of writing their first investment pitch piece. These have included J.P. Morgan Capital, Sony, IBM, Apple, Hearst, Blockbuster, Technicolor, Harper Collins, Discovery Channel, Time-Warner, Agfa and Scitex. Her many early stage ventures include Earthweb (IPO 1998) and iSuppli (sold to IHS 2010). Her clients say she is “a brilliant strategist and a practical, down-to-earth, get-it-done person,” “invaluable in understanding the competitive landscape and alternative strategies” and that she “cuts right through the noise, giving a clear vision of the future,” “protecting us from liability and cutting our costs.” Her clients have been in the business, enterprise and consumer sectors, with companies in technology, SaaS, hardware and software, mobile, media and entertainment, publishing and advertising, distribution, and investment and venture funding. She has worked in the U.S., Europe, China and Qatar. A strategist, policymaker, dealmaker, and negotiator, her work includes strategies on entry, exit, capitalization, return on investment, growth, positioning, pricing, distribution, social media outreach, risk-assessment, new market and international expansion, due diligence, and intellectual property. She speaks and publishes widely on entrepreneurship. Her published credits include 5 books, 60 published articles, and a weblog with hundreds of blog posts of advice to entrepreneurs. She can be reached through her website at www.joeytamer.com.

Leif W. Reinstein is a Partner of the firm in the Entertainment Transactions and New Media and Technologies Groups, and heads Rosenfeld's television practice.  Leif specializes in high-level business and financial transactions for the development, production, distribution, and exploitation of television, digital media, and other multi-media intellectual property.  His wide array of clients include major television networks and premium SVOD exhibitors, feature film mini-majors expanding into television, small-screen studios wishing to finance and own content, well-leveraged production companies, funds expanding into content, and Fortune 500 companies.  Leif also represents rights holders, format