Author Archive for Jonathan Gardner, Esq.

Air For Shares

The Shark Tank: ABC’s reality show about a room full of high-powered executives listening to ideas from entrepreneurs in exchange for a percentage of the company.  But what if instead, ABC offered some of its advertising inventory, maybe even a spot or two on The Shark Tank, in exchange for a piece of your company? […]

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Mirror Worlds

The term “Mirror World” was coined by Yale computer-scientist and futurist David Gelernter in his 1992 book of the same name which accurately predicted websites, blogging, tablets, streaming video, cloud computing and even, perhaps most impressively, the online social networks of today.  In a memorable quote from the book, Gelernter wrote: “I can’t be personal […]

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12 / 9 / 11
Categories
Entertainment

Negotiating the Holdback: What’s At Stake

One of the most difficult negotiation points today for independent film producers in their domestic distribution deal is the hold-back of the release of the picture in the foreign territories. This one point by itself can bring the producer grief from almost every side, from his foreign sales agent to his own investors. Share this […]

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11 / 2 / 11
Categories
Finance

Crowdfunding – The New New Thing

What’s the NEW new thing in independent film? That’s the question the forward looking early adapters in Hollywood ask every day. In a hyper-competitive town, everyone wants to be on the leading edge. As a lawyer, our job is often to try and realize the aspirations of our innovative clients while conforming to federal and […]

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