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J. Stephen Sheppard's Client Nate Silver to Appear At SXSports
October 2, 2013
CDAS Partner J. Stephen Sheppard’s client Nate Silver will be participating on the panel “Media & the Personal Brand: Grantland & 538” during the inaugural SXSports track at the 2014 South By Southwest festival. For more info, please see: http://sxsw.com/sxsports
CDAS Attorneys Named "Super Lawyers"
September 27, 2013
Seven Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers. Each year, only five percent of Manhattan attorneys receive this honor. CDAS congratulates attorneys Frederick P. Bimbler, Susan H. Bodine, Timothy J. DeBaets, Robert I. Freedman, Eleanor M. Lackman, Mary E. Rasenberger and Nancy E. Wolff on their achievement. We also congratulate attorney Zehra Abdi on being named as a “Rising Star” for the second successive year.
Seminar Series Event: The Alternative Paradigm for Independent Film
September 25, 2013
Thanks to all those who attended Monday's Signature Seminar Series event "The Alternative Paradigm for Independent Film: Emerging Issues for Producers, Financiers and Distributors" hosted by CDAS Partners Frederick Bimber, Susan Bodine and Marc Simon. We'd also like to express our particular appreciation to our panelists Marc Schiller, Molly Thompson and Mark Urman.
Copyright Alliance Focus on IP Law: A Conversation with Eleanor M. Lackman, Mary E. Rasenberger, & Nancy E. Wolff.
July 29, 2013
CDAS Partners Eleanor M. Lackman, Nancy E. Wolff and Mary E. Rasenberger are interviewed as part of the Copyright Alliance's "Focus on IP Law" series. In the interview they discuss their practices, the value of copyright and their work as part of the Copyright Alliance Legal Advisory Board.
CDAS Hosts “The Great Fair Use Debate”
June 21, 2013
CDAS hosted a lively panel on the legal and practical implications on the fair use exemption at our New York office this past Wednesday, June 19th. CDAS partners J. Stephen Sheppard, Nancy E. Wolff and Marc H. Simon were joined by Dennis Reiff, principal at entertainment insurance specialists Reiff & Associates, LLC. The panelists discussed the key issues to be aware of in order to help protect against legal claims that could endanger the commercial viability of artistic works and the breadth of exposure that they receive.
“The Great Fair Use Debate” was attended by a sell out crowd composed of artists, filmmakers, musicians, content distributors and digital entrepreneurs. Selected photos from the event are posted [...]
Kenneth N. Swezey to Moderate Book Expo Panel: “Digital Publishing & Transmedia Storytelling: Deals, Rights and Revenue”
May 22, 2013
CDAS Partner Kenneth N. Swezey will moderate a panel on digital rights and new publishing business models at Book Expo America next Wednesday, May 29th. The panelists will be Corinne Helman of Harper Collins, Miriam Goderich of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management and Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment.
The event description is below. Please follow this link for more details: http://bea13.mapyourshow.com/5_0/sessions/sessiondetails.cfm?ScheduledSessionID=1AA0
As digital hits the big time, Authors and Publishers are beginning to release cross-platform projects that develop major brands, delight audiences and generate real revenues. At the same time, stakeholders are being challenged to create new business models, negotiate complex rights issues, realize the business potential of emerging tech platforms and ensure that they retain participation in [...]
Eleanor M. Lackman Authors Amicus Brief on Behalf of Copyright Alliance in Aerokiller Case
May 7, 2013
CDAS Partner Eleanor M. Lackman authored an amicus brief on behalf of the Copyright Alliance in the Ninth Circuit case Fox Television Stations v. Aerokiller. In the brief, Ms. Lackman argues on behalf of The Copyright Alliance that The Copyright Alliance argues in the brief that district judge George Wu was correct in granting an injunction against Aereokiller, a service that provides unlicensed broadcast television over the internet for a fee. Ms. Lackman writes:
If those who invest in the production and distribution of creative works cannot be assured that their interests will be protected – regardless of whether those works are distributed through old, traditional models or new, “disruptive” ones – the array of works that will be [...]
CDAS Client Park Pictures Funds “Infinitely Polar Bear”
Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana Picture to Film in Rhode Island
April 15, 2013
CDAS Partner Marc H. Simon’s client Park Pictures Film Partners is financing and producing Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, which just began shooting in Rhode Island. Park’s Sam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer will produce the Maya Forbes written and directed film with Benji Kohn, Austin Stark and Bingo Gubelmann from Paper Street Films. Bad Robot’s JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk are among the exec producers.
CDAS Client 10X Management Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek
April 15, 2013
CDAS Partner Joshua B. Sessler’s client 10X Management is featured in a great story in Bloomberg Businessweek. 10X represents top freelance software programmers, pairing them with Silicon Valley companies, negotiating their salaries, and helping to manage their finances.
According to Bloomberg:
10X Management wants to build a reputation for having the best coders around on speed dial, so that startups in a pinch know they can depend on the company for really talented people. “We want to be the Rolls Royce or Apple,” says Guvench. As traditional agents do—and temp agencies typically don’t—10X also tries to guide the careers of its developers. “There is a lifestyle design aspect to this,” Guvench says. “A lot of these guys eventually want to start [...]
Ora TV Buys CDAS Client Stick Figure
April 10, 2013
Ora TV, the digital network backed by Carlos Slim, today announced that it has purchased CDAS client Stick Figure Productions, a specialist in documentaries and unscripted television production. Stick Figure, represented by CDAS partner Frederick P. Bimbler, has produced over 250 hours of television for more than 40 networks including: “American Gypsies,” “Repossessed” and “Amish: Out of Order” (Nat Geo), “Family Bonds” (HBO), “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane” (Style), “Amish in the City” (UPN), “#1 Single” (E!) and the digital series “The Biz,” produced with Lyor Cohen for Warner Music and AOL. Its films include “Devil’s Playground,” “Reporter,” “No One Dies in Lily Dale” and “Unraveled” (directed and produced by CDAS Partner Marc H. Simon).
The acquisition [...]