Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Track II: Poolside Tent I

Digital Deals - Networks, Studios and Producers - Monetizing Content Across Platforms

Michael Kernan, Chief Executive Officer, NuMedia Studios & Management

Neema Sahni, Associate, Los Angeles Office, Covington & Burling LLP

Andrew Schneider, Co-Founder & President, Emergent Payments

David Tenzer, Entertainment Attorney, formerly Generate, CAA

Corey Davis, Vice President of Marketing, ClickBank

Michael Sid, CEO, Mediamorph, Moderator

Neema Sahni is an associate in the firm’s Litigation and Communications & Media practice groups. Ms. Sahni's diversified litigation experience includes participation in a full range of discovery activities, including taking depositions; drafting motions and briefs; and assisting with trial and appellate matters. She also has experience negotiating, drafting and advising on content licensing and distribution agreements for television networks, with specific expertise on most favored nations compliance and digital distribution, including “over-the-top” and “TV Everywhere” distribution.

 

Michael Kernan, Chief Executive Officer, NuMedia Studios (former executive ICM) Based in the Los Angeles office of ICM, Michael leads and coordinates the company's digital and new media assets, including working with ICM's London and New York offices. With its recent acquisition of The Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency, ICM is the premier agency for creators of television and new media programming. Michael joined ICM in 2000, and has packaged numerous new media projects. He has been a leader in Internet deal making, in addition to developing content for the new media platform. Michael is a strategic advisor for technology and new media company clients on growth and financing. Prior to ICM, Michael practiced entertainment law at Lavely & Singer and Behr Abramson & Kaller, and consulted on patents and patent related issues at Gauntlet and Associates. Michael completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Illinois, and attended The University of California, Hastings College of Law, where he served as the Executive Associate Editor of "The Hastings Entertainment Law Review."

 

David Tenzer is an entertainment lawyer and business consultant, with extensive experience in many sectors of the media industry.

His clients include talented artists and companies in all areas of entertainment, including actors, writers, directors, producers, on-camera personalities, lifestyle experts, film and television distributors and digital content providers. For 24 years (1982-2006), Mr. Tenzer worked at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading talent agencies. He started at CAA as an executive in Motion Picture Business Affairs, then transferred to the Television Division, where he soon was named the head of Television Business Affairs. After several years, he became a Television Agent, working first in television movies, then covering CAA’s projects at CBS. Mr. Tenzer co-founded and operated the agency’s International Television Department, Alternative Programming Department, and later its Lifestyles Department. During his tenure at CAA, he also worked with the agency’s New Media, Film Financing and Marketing Departments, handling clients such as eBay, Delta Airlines and Procter & Gamble. As a Television Agent, Mr. Tenzer was responsible for selling over 40 produced series, movies and specials, with budgets in excess of $800 million. These included scripted prime-time series for broadcast and cable networks, reality shows, documentaries, children’s programming and international co-productions, as well as projects (such as “Home Made Simple” and “Dear Santa”) directly underwritten by advertisers. As a Business Affairs executive, he negotiated virtually every type of television production contract, including license agreements on behalf of production companies, distribution and co-financing arrangements, overall deals with studios, sponsorship and endorsement deals, contingent compensation definitions and agreements with above-the- line talent. He was also responsible for all commission and packaging issues within CAA’s Television Division. Mr. Tenzer has served on the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association, the Banff World Television Festival, NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) and the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. He traveled to Beijing and Shanghai with Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan as an entertainment delegate on the city’s Trade Mission to Asia. He was named one of “Twelve to Watch” by Electronic Media in one of its annual cover stories. Prior to joining CAA, Mr. Tenzer was a contracts attorney with IBM Europe in Paris and Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles. He also worked in private practice with the law firm Rosen, Wachtell & Gilbert, where he specialized in commercial transactions and business litigation. Mr. Tenzer has an undergraduate degree in Politics from U.C. Santa Cruz, a law degree from U.C. Davis and an M.A. in Urban Studies from Occidental College. He was a Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellow, and earned a Certificate in Advanced International Legal Studies from McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Tenzer is a member of the State Bar of California and a licensed real estate broker. He is an experienced public speaker, and has testified as an expert witness in several lawsuits and arbitrations, including the recent Golden Globes litigation in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. He is a native of Los Angeles.

 

Corey Davis, Vice President of Marketing, ClickBank. Corey Davis has worked in the Internet marketing space for over 15 years with a proven track record growing technology and media companies. Currently, Corey is responsible for all of ClickBank’s marketing activities, helping ClickBank become a top 100 Internet retailer, a leader in monetizing YouTube traffic, and the go-to marketplace for digital media entrepreneurs. Before ClickBank, Corey served as Vice President of Marketing for iTOK, Inc. where he drove triple-digit revenue growth that landed the company on the list of the Top 15 fastest growing companies in Utah. He also co-founded Vucci, Inc. in 2008 and served as CEO providing virtual desktops and interactive concierge services for hotel guests. Throughout his career, Corey has held senior-level marketing positions at Ancestry.com, Classmates, NetZero and Sundance Catalog.

 

Michael Sid, CEO, Mediamorph: Mr. Michael Sid, also known as Mike Co-founded and has been the Chief Executive Officer and Director of MediaMorph Inc. since April 10, 2007 and serves as its President. From November 2004 until founding MediaMorph, Mr. Sid served as President of Michael Sid & Associates, a private consulting firm providing management consulting services to clients. From September 2005 to April 2007, he served as Vice President of Services for Connotate Technologies, a software provider. Previously, Mr. Sid served as a Senior Manager of BearingPoint from January 2004 to November 2004 and was a Senior Director at Sony Music Entertainment from August 2002 to January 2004 where, he oversaw the technology group. Prior to that, Mr. Sid served as a Managing Director at Context Integration from September 1998 to August 2002, which provided technology consulting services. He received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988.

 

 

Andrew Schneider has been a catalyst for emerging business opportunities at the crossroads of media and technology for over 17 years. He co-founded Live Gamer (rebranding to Emergent Payments in June 2015), where he saw great success in providing payments for the gaming industry, and in turn the need for better payment options in emerging markets. Prior to founding Live Gamer, Schneider served as EVP of Marketing at Wind-up Records, the world’s leading independent record label. Previously at Sony Pictures Digital, Schneider developed and launched award-winning interactive marketing campaigns for major entertainment franchises and developed consumer broadband content services.