Four Lingering Questions From CES 2012

After reflecting on the recent tech-gasm that is CES, some unresolved issues have been rattling around in my noggin.

How Does SpongeBob Have More Likes Than the Leader of the Free World?

For those of you keeping score at home, SpongeBob has 30,484,228 Facebook likes to President Obama’s 24,683,199.  However, President Obama does have a significant Twitter edge with his 12,087,098 followers to SpongeBob’s 346,427. Read More→

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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 friends with all the people who run my local world any longer, but via Mirror Worlds we can be impersonal friends.  There will be freer, easier, more improvisational communications, more like neighborhood chatting and less like typical mail and phone calls.  Where someone is or when he is available won’t matter…”  Impersonal friends?  Sounds a lot like Facebook to me.  Small wonder the Unabomber targeted Gelernter with a letter bomb in 1993.  Read More→

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What Ever Happened to LimeWire?

In a victory for the Recording Industry Association of America and artists, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ruled in New York that LimeWire LLC and its CEO were liable for inducing the infringement of more than 10,000 sound recordings, declaring those materials owned by major labels including UMG Recordings and Sony Music Entertainment. DigiDayDaily reported, shortly after the decision, that LimeWire was the largest remaining commercial P2P service and had not followed others in negotiating licenses or discontinuing their service after the Supreme Court decision in MGM v. Grokster. Read More→

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12 / 9 / 11
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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. Read More→

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12 / 8 / 11
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Test Options 101

For many actors and comedians working tirelessly to hone their craft, landing a role as a series-regular on a television series is the Holy Grail.  A series-regular role on a television series presents a forum for the actor or comedian to be seen by a wide audience and a role on a hit show can lead to a long and successful career on the screen as well as the stage.  Thus, it is important to understand the deal that you will be asked to make when being considered for a series-regular role. Read More→

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11 / 14 / 11
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Facing up to ‘Facebook,’ The Law

The social networking phenomenon Facebook confirmed its status an integral part of pop culture when the film, The Social Network, achieved public acclaim by winning three Academy Awards this year. In considering any libelous litigious proceeding brought by those depicted in the Facebook movie attorney Aaron Moss notes that the individuals have a very difficult argument to make.  Read More→

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11 / 2 / 11
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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 state law. It isn’t easy. Read More→

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10 / 13 / 11
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What Wall Street Can Learn From Meyer Lansky

Originally Published in CNBC

Meyer Lansky, a key architect of modern organized crime, often referred to as “The Chairman of the Board,” built a gambling empire that stretched from New York to Las Vegas to Cuba and back again.

His casinos were luxurious, crowded affairs, a far cry from the “clip-joints” he must have known growing up on the mean streets of the Lower East Side.

“Clip-Joint” was a pejorative given to describe the crooked gambling halls of the day. The dice were loaded, the deck was stacked, the roulette wheel was fixed and every gambler that went in got clipped. Read More→

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10 / 1 / 11
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Un-‘Happy Days’ for Actors Over Royalties

The cast of the television hit series Happy Days” filed a complaint earlier this year against the CBS and Paramount Studios in Los Angeles Superior Court, asserting breach of contract and fraud over merchandising revenues. Though the show has long since has gone out of production, the complaint asserts the importance of the TV sitcom, calling it “a staple in American television history, a household name” and “an integral part of pop culture even today.” Read More→

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5 / 19 / 11
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How To Market Yourself For Roles

Originally published in Backstage

Unlike in most professions, it is not sufficient for actors to be skilled at their craft. To succeed, actors must also be effective at marketing themselves. It is a valuable exercise to view marketing from the perspective of your target audience. Fortunately, talent agent Steve Muller of Innovative Artists, talent manager Devon Jackson of Trademark Talent, and casting director and acting teacher Deborah Aquila of Aquila Morong Studio were kind enough to provide their perspective. Let’s explore their thoughts on how actors can more effectively market themselves to the entertainment industry. Read More→

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