Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Poolside Tent I – The MusicNext Form

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Music in TV, Films and Internet: Rights & Licensing into films and TV, the Web and other Digital Uses - Including Rates for Songwriters, Publishers & Record Companies

Todd Brabec, Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership, ASCAP

Jeff Brabec, Vice President of Business Affairs, BMG Chrysalis

Steve Winogradsky, Co-Founder/Partner, WINOGRADSKY/SOBEL

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

as the worldwide top grossing box office feature film composers James Horner( "Avatar"and "Titanic"- #1 and #2 all time box office films), Alan Silvestri( #3 all time box office film "Marvel's the Avengers"), Hans Zimmer( "Pirates of the Caribbean" films), James Newton Howard("Hunger Games", "Dark Knight") and Randy Newman(" Toy Story 1, 2 and 3" films)in addition to many of the top television series score composers and theme song writers. His efforts were instrumental in taking ASCAP from a 20% overall market share to a 52% share of radio and competitive dominance in broadcast television, cable and worldwide top grossing feature films as well as an increase in total annual receipts from 60 million dollars to 995 million dollars. In addition, he significantly changed most of ASCAP's distribution, payment and survey rules and systems and was responsible for significantly increasing the royalties for successful radio writers and film and television score and theme composers as well as eliminating practically all ASCAP payment and distribution policies, formulas and rules which were not in the best interests of songwriters and composers or which had a negative effect on their earnings. In addition, he was in charge of and responsible for all writer and publisher advances, bank loans, guarantees, financial incentives and other member monetary transactions. He lectures extensively throughout the world at conferences, universities, foreign licensing and collection societies, hedge funds and investment banking firms, law firms and management companies and has over 400 published articles on the business and law of Music and Entertainment.


JEFF BRABEC is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Chrysalis  (representing, among others, the catalogues of will.i.am, Bruno Mars, ZZ Top, OutKast, Cee Lo Green, ZZ Top, David Bowie, My Morning Jacket, Kurt Cobain, Devo, Gnarls Barkley, John Denver, Blondie, David Bowie, Paul Anka, Billy Idol, Jethro Tull, Yeah Yeah Yeahs,  Dan Wilson, Paul Anka, TV on the Radio and Ray LaMontagne).  He specializes in evaluating, analyzing, projecting income and negotiating music publishing catalogue acquisitions as well as songwriter, co-publishing, participation, administration, subpublishing, direct license and joint venture agreements. Previously, he has been Vice President of Business Affairs for both The Chrysalis Music Group and The PolyGram Music Group and Director of Business Affairs for The Welk Music Group and Arista-Interworld Music Group where he represented the catalogues of Elton John, Henry Mancini, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Hall & Oates, Jerome Kern, and Oscar Hammerstein II, among others.  A graduate of New York University School of Law, he has also been a government legal services attorney.  Brabec is the co-author with his twin brother Todd (former Executive Vice President of ASCAP) of the best-selling book "MUSIC, MONEY, AND SUCCESS: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Business" (7th Edition / Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales) and has been awarded the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism.  Brabec is an adjunct professor at USC Thornton School of Music/Business Division, guest lecturer teaching music publishing for Berklee School of Music and contributing editor to the Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine .Brabec also lectures extensively on the business and legal aspects of the music industry.


Steve Winogradsky, Co-Founder/Partner, WINOGRADSKY/SOBEL. With over thirty years experience as an attorney in the music industry, Mr. Winogradsky provides global media and music business affairs & legal support for composers, songwriters, music publishers, recording artists and television, film, video and multi-media producers.  Prior to being in solo practice with The Winogradsky Company from 1992 to 2009, Mr. Winogradsky had served as Director of Music Business Affairs for Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Managing Director of Music, Legal & Business Affairs for MCA Home Entertainment, Director of Music Licensing and Administration for Universal Pictures and Universal Television and Vice President of Business Affairs for The Clearing House, Ltd.  He was twice elected President of the California Copyright Conference, after spending nine years on the Board of Directors, and also served for four years as President of The Association of Independent Music Publishers.  Mr. Winogradsky is the author of the book “Music Publishing: The Complete Guide” published in 2013. He was also awarded the 2012 Texas Star Award by the Texas State Bar Entertainment and Sports Law section for his contributions to legal education in the State of Texas. Mr. Winogradsky was also named as one of the Outstanding Instructors in Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts at UCLA Extension, where he has taught since 1997.  He has written numerous magazine articles on the subject of music for motion pictures and television and has lectured on a variety of music-related topics at MIDEM, University of Houston Law Foundation (1993, 1994, 1997), Texas State Bar Entertainment Law Seminar (1994 – 2013), American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law Conference, University of Southern California Entertainment Law Institute, The Hollywood Reporter Film and Television Music Conference (1997-2000), Billboard Film and Television Music Conference, NARAS, The Society of Composers and Lyricists, Loyola Law School, Southwestern School of Law, California Lawyers For The Arts, The American Film Institute, LMNOP (New Orleans), The Toronto Film Festival, Canadian Music Week, Musicians’ Institute, McNally Smith College of Music, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), NARIP, The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Scion Music(less) Conference and various other symposia.  In addition, he is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who is both a composer and publisher member of ASCAP.


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.


Todd Brabec, former ASCAP Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership, is an Entertainment Law attorney and industry consultant, a Deems Taylor Award winning co-author of the best selling music business book "Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business"(7th edition/560 pages/Schirmer Books), an Adjunct Professor at USC where he teaches Music Licensing, Music Publishing and Film, Television and Video Game Scoring and Song Contracts and a current Governing Committee member and former Music and Budget Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. During his 37 year ASCAP career, he was responsible for signing most of ASCAP's successful songwriter/artists including ,among others, Marvin Gaye, Metallica, Journey, Neil Young, Smokey Robinson, Tom Petty, Sting, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, the Jimi Hendrix song catalogue, ZZ Top, War, Green Day, Bryan Adams, Jeff Lynne(ELO), Steely Dan, Fergie, Donna Summer, Motley Crue, Avril Lavigne, Supertramp, Foreigner, Marc Anthony, Bob McDill, America, John Prine and Earth, Wind and Fire as well