Monday, April 27th, 2015

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Track I: Ballroom Terrace – Live Webcast from this Room

MCNs, Multichannel Networks, the Next Wave in Entertainment and Media Programming, Part I

Peter Morris, Vice President, Business Affairs & Development, Funny or Die

Rozanna Tesler Fried, Vice President (VP) of Business and Legal Affairs, Fullscreen

Chris Riley, General Counsel, Machinima

Thom Zadra, Executive Vice President, Relativity Digital Studios

Alan Friel, partner,  Baker Hostetler

Judith Dornstein, Esq., Law Offices of Judith C. Dornstein, Moderator

corporate associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles and Sidley & Austin in Chicago.  Mr. Riley received his J.D. in 1995 from Boalt Hall (University of California at Berkeley) where he was book review editor of the California Law Review, and his B.A. in philosophy with honors from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1990. Judith Dornstein, Esq., Law Offices of Judith C. Dornstein:  Judith has been honored to be named consistently to the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers by Martindale Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standard from her peers. Less than 5% of women lawyers are recognized with an HV Preeminent rating. In that capacity she has drafted and negotiated above-and-below the line contracts for many television and motion picture productions, and has negotiated deals and contracts for many actors, writers, directors, producers, authors, musicians, songwriters, publishing companies, companies in the motion picture, television, music, video and Internet fields. Her expertise ranges from the acquisition of rights, through the development, production, exhibition, distribution, merchandising and exploitation of projects. In such capacity she has negotiated and drafted agreements with above-the-line and below-the-line talent (casting agents, writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, consultants, executives), financing agreements, location agreements, product clearance releases, guild and union agreements, composer, conductor and arranger agreements, soundtrack agreements, animation agreements, reality show agreements, synchronization and master use licenses, management agreements, tour agreements, merchandising agreements, network agreements, licensing agreements for television (free and cable) and video, joint venture/co-production agreements, distribution and financing agreements, minors' agreements, as well as copyright and trademark filings, and production joint ventures, partnerships and corporations. Judith has previously served on the Board of the Beverly Hills Bar and of Women in Film,as Chairperson of the Los Angeles County Bar Intellectual Property Committee, as a lecturer at UCLA Extension on "Starting and Operating a Production Company" and many other forums, and most recently as Chairperson and Moderator of the Brand Integration seminar on May 19, 2010 for the Beverly Hills Bar Entertainment Section. Judith is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Entertainment Executive Committee, the LA County Bar Entertainment and Intellectual Property Executive Committee and the Subscreen Section, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (AMEC), the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP), the Planning Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar/USC Entertainment Law Institute, and has been a mentor to students in the L.A. city schools through the Fulfillment Fund and the Community Magnet School.


Thom Zadra is an executive with over 15 years of film and digital experience.  As EVP of Relativity Digital Studios, he oversees the

business side of the studio¹s made-for-digital productions.  Prior to Relativity, Thom ran business development for video at Yahoo.  He has also worked at Netflix and Miramax.


Alan Friel, partner, Baker Hostetler; Focusing his practice on intellectual property transactions, regulatory schemes, and privacy and consumer protection law, Alan Friel is a thought leader regarding convergence legal issues—the property, liability, and regulatory implications at the evolving intersections between media, marketing, technology, distribution, commerce, data, Big Data, and communication brought about by the ongoing digital revolution. Alan represents clients in acquisitions, financing, distribution, development, publishing, and financing transactions, especially in cases where complex intellectual property and regulatory concerns exist. He brings the experience and foresight necessary to help companies and entrepreneurs navigate the compelling, yet complex, opportunities disruptive technology creates. He coordinates the firm's Advertising, Retailing, and e-Commerce industry initiative. Alan has been contributing to the development of the legal and business paradigms of cyberspace since the days of CD-Rom and bulletin board services, and negotiated the first experimental Internet production agreements with traditional Hollywood talent unions—SAG, DGA, and WGA—in the 1990s. Alan remains on the cutting edge of emerging media, crafting alliances between TV producers and distributors and online services, as well as between big brands, social game publishers, and "app" developers. A sought-after speaker and counselor regarding the practical application of substantive legal issues, Alan is affiliated with UCLA as an Assistant Professor in a multi-disciplinary project at the Graduate School of TV, Film and Digital Media, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. Alan is ranked amongst the 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Technology by American Lawyer Media and was recognized by Legal 500 in its 2013 Technology, Media and Telecom (Technology/Data Protection and Privacy) ranking.

Chris Riley is General Counsel of Machinima, Inc., where he is responsible for managing all of the company’s legal affairs.  Prior to that, he was a partner in the Corporate Group at Bingham McCutchen LLP in Los Angeles.  Earlier, he acted as a legal consultant to Disney Interactive, was General Counsel, Senior Vice President and Secretary of Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc., and served as General Counsel and Vice President of, L.L.C.  Mr. Riley was a