The Morris + King Company
Lane Buschel brings more than eight years of public relations and marketing experience with an emphasis on media, entertainment, technology and B2B clients. He has worked at a number of leading New York firms, including PepperCom and Dan Klores Communications. Prior to moving to New York, Mr. Buschel was based in Washington, DC, where he managed in-house public relations and marketing campaigns for RAS Records, Source Theatre Company and the Studio Theatre.
Mr. Buschel is the recipient of several awards for outstanding public relations programs, including: Entertainment Weekly's "Best of the Internet;" two Creativity in Public Relations Award (CIPRA) awards, and a commendation from PRWeek magazine.
Immediately prior to joining MKC, Mr. Buschel earned a J.D. at New York Law School. He specialized in Intellectual Property law and was a Founding Producer of the annual "State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds" conference co-sponsored by Yale Law and Harvard Law. He earned his B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Lane Buschel is a native of the northeast corridor, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. In addition, Buschel was the co-creator of Wiimbledon (www.wiimbledon.net), the world's first Wii tennis tournament, held this summer at Barcade, which also currently resides in Brooklyn.
Kai Falkenberg is the editorial counsel at Forbes where she is responsible for all legal issues relating to the editorial content of Forbes’ print and online publications. Given Forbes’ global distribution, Ms. Falkenberg frequently advises on transnational legal issues and litigation. In addition to her editorial legal work, Ms. Falkenberg writes on legal issues for Forbes and other publications.
Prior to joining Forbes, Ms. Falkenberg was an associate at Davis Wright Tremaine where she specialized in media law and represented various national magazines and broadcast clients. Before joining Davis Wright, Ms. Falkenberg clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and was an associate at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.
Ms. Falkenberg is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she served as an editor of the Columbia Law Review.
UK Intellectual Property Office
Ian Fletcher took up the post in April 2007 as Chief Executive of the UK Intellectual Property Office (formerly The Patent Office), responsible for UK policy on intellectual property, delivery of patents and trade marks and EU and international IP issues.
From 2004 to 2007 Ian was Managing Director of UK Trade and Investment’s International Trade Development Group. Here he was responsible for trade development services in the English Regions, as well as the market directorates in London, which provide UKTI’s main operational link with overseas posts.
Ian joined the UK Civil Service in 1989 after an earlier career in the New Zealand diplomatic service. He worked initially in the (then) Monopolies & Mergers Commission, until 1991. Ian then worked in Trade Policy at the end of the GATT Uruguay Round, and continued this work during a secondment with European Commission, negotiating in the World Trade Organisation on Free Trade Agreements. Ian returned to the UK in 1998 and, after working in DTI’s HR area, he joined the then Overseas Trade Services organisation at the time the Wilson Review of Export Promotion was being finalised and British Trade International was being established, working on finance HR and corporate policy issues. In 2000, Ian undertook a short secondment with the UN Administration in Kosovo as Head of the Customs Service and Department of Trade & Industry. He returned later that year to head DTI’s Directorate responsible for electricity and gas policy. During 2002, Ian moved to the Cabinet Office as Principal Private Secretary to Sir Andrew Turnbull, the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service.
Over the last eleven years, Nathan Freitas' career has spanned the academic, corporate, and non-profit worlds, solving difficult problems through the thoughtful application of technology. His work has been built into Palm handhelds, on display at SIGGRAPH, included in Wikipedia, and covered in media ranging from Boing Boing and GigaOm, to the New York Times and Howard Rheingold's book "Smart Mobs". Nathan began programming at the age of six on a Radio Shack TRS-80 computer, and founded (and eventually sold) his first technology company, ThinAirApps with Jon Oakes, when he was twenty-four. His latest work has been focused on social media and user-generated digital marketplaces, the culmination of which is Cruxy.com, a cross between eBay and iTunes.
Caroline McCarthy has been a staff writer at CNET News.com since 2006, chronicling the rapidly evolving world of social media. She specializes in covering the likes of Facebook, MySpace, and Digg; in addition, she covers New York City's digital culture from eight-bit music festivals to video game tournaments. Caroline, who holds a degree in the history of science from Princeton University, counts among her career highlights the time that she said on CNBC's "On the Money" that Facebook is the technology world's equivalent of Brangelina.
MIT Media Laboratory
Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab. He works in Mitchel Resnick's Lifelong Kindergarten Group where he has conceptualized and lead the development of the Scratch Online Community. The community, dubbed the "YouTube of Programming", is a place where thousands of children and novices share their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art created in the Scratch programming language.
Andrés is interested in the development of social software that fosters creative and collaborative learning experiences and empowers people through self-expression.
Andrés worked in the software industry and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received a BS in Electronic Engineering from the Tec de Monterrey in Mexico.
of Business Development
Heather Moosnick works to identify potential partners and build relationships with existing online companies to ensure the CBS Audience Network continues to serve the tastes and interests of its growing online audience.
Moosnick joined CBS with eight years of experience in new media content transactions for established media companies and digital businesses worldwide. She most recently served as the General Counsel for the launch of Music Nation, an online unsigned music artist community. Prior to that, she spent six years at MTV Networks structuring and negotiating multi-platform content licenses with the major record labels and launching partnerships for new MTV Networks channels and digital business worldwide. Moosnick also spent two years as an Intellectual Property transactional attorney at Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP where she worked with clients such as StarMedia and Citibank in launching their online and wireless businesses. She holds a JD from the UCLA School of Law and a BS from Northwestern University.
Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz PC
Brian G. Murphy is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC where he practices advertising, intellectual property, and entertainment law.
Mr. Murphy is uniquely positioned to help clients
where entertainment and advertising converge. He counsels advertising
agencies, advertisers, and entertainment companies on all aspects of their
businesses, with a focus on copyright, trademark, right of publicity/right
of privacy, false advertising, and unfair competition. His practice
includes structuring and negotiating celebrity talent agreements, product
placement contracts, sponsorship arrangements, music licenses, and
agency-client contracts. He also counsels clients on disputes arising out
of commercials, print advertisements, magazines, films, television
productions, and Web sites. In addition, Mr. Murphy regularly advises
major brands on the issues surrounding the development and production of
branded entertainment projects such as television shows, films, live
events, electronic games, Web sites, and magazines.
Mr. Murphy is a frequent speaker on advertising, entertainment and intellectual property issues. In the recent past, he has given presentations at the American Bar Association (“Lies, Lies, Lies (Yeah). They’re Gonna Get You: False Advertising in Emerging Media”), the Copyright Society of America (“Copyright, Lanham Act, Right of Publicity, and Contract Claims Arising from the Use of Music in Commercials”), the New York State Bar Association (“Keeping it Real: The Use of People, Places, and Things in Works of Entertainment”), the American Conference Institute’s “Branded Integration Deals” conference in Los Angeles (“Working with Talent and Talent Unions”), Cardozo Law School (“Beyond Bathhouse Betty: The Use of Music in Advertising”), the American Conference Institute’s “IP in Advertising” Conference in New York City (“Copyrights and Copywrongs: Using Others’ Copyrighted Material in Advertising”), and New York Law School (“The Slinky Dress: Secondary Liability and the Future of Digital Innovation”), to name a few.
Mr. Murphy is a member of the adjunct faculty at New York Law School where he teaches courses on entertainment and copyright law. Mr. Murphy previously taught at Fordham University Law School. He is a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the New York City Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. My Murphy was named a 2006 New York-area “Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property law by Law and Politics magazine.
Mr. Murphy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA, magna cum laude, 1989; Phi Beta Kappa) and New York University School of Law (JD, cum laude, 1992), where he was an editor of the New York University Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Murphy clerked for the Hon. Leonard B. Sand, United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York.
Vice President of Intellectual Property
Marni Pedorella is IP Counsel at NBC Universal, working primarily in the television and new media area. Prior to joining NBC in 2000, she worked at Kay & Boose and Rogers & Wells. She attended University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Latham & Watkins
Curtis Peele is an associate in New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Peele's practice focuses primarily on trademark, copyright and patent issues in the context of mergers, acquisitions, corporate financings and other corporate transactions. He also works on a variety of technology-related transactions, including technology transfers, software licensing and distribution and internet and website agreements. Mr. Peele has represented companies across a variety of industries, including video games, telecommunications, biotechnology and retail. Mr. Peele's recently co-authored "Virtual Worlds: Personal Jurisdiction and Click-Wrap Licenses," Latham & Watkins Client Alert, August 15, 2007.
Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property
Stanley Pierre-Louis is responsible for managing major intellectual property litigation, developing strategies for protecting digital content, and leading other IP-related legal initiatives for Viacom and its brands, which include MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, CMT, Spike TV, TV Land, Logo and more than 130 networks around the world), BET Networks, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment and DreamWorks.
Prior to joining Viacom, Mr. Pierre-Louis served as co-chair of the Entertainment and Media Law Group at Kaye Scholer LLP (NY), concentrating on intellectual property counseling and litigation. Mr. Pierre-Louis previously served as Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America, where he led several important strategic copyright litigations, including the entertainment industry’s litigations against MP3.com, Napster and Aimster as well as the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case MGM Studios v. Grokster, which resulted in a unanimous decision in favor of the film and music industries. Before joining the RIAA, Mr. Pierre-Louis clerked for Judge David A. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was an associate at Shea & Gardener (Washington, D.C.).
Mr. Pierre-Louis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Clark University and earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served on the Board of Editors of the University of Chicago Law Review.
Moses and Singer
Schwimmer Mitchell Law
Martin Schwimmer has been Of Counsel to Moses and Singer since 2007. Marty’s practice is concentrated in the area of U.S. and international trademark law and domain name counseling, prosecution and litigation. Mr. Schwimmer represents some of America’s largest corporations regarding the special policing issues raised by use of brand names on the Internet. Managing Intellectual Property magazine identified Mr. Schwimmer as one of the best trademark lawyers in the United States. Mr. Schwimmer writes and speaks frequently on trademark and domain name issues. He also publishes The Trademark Blog, www.schwimmerlegal.com , widely recognized as a leading source of trademark news and case analysis.
Mr. Schwimmer is also a principal of the Schwimmer Mitchell Law ("SML") firm in Mount Kisco, New York. SML is not an office of M&S, and SML is as a law firm independent of M&S.
Mr. Schwimmer focuses on:
International trademark portfolio management;
Resolving multi-jurisdictional trademark disputes;
Inter partes trademark disputes;
Domain Name disputes;
Clearance of trademarks;
Protection of unconventional trademarks;
Interactive Telecommunications Program
New York University
Mr. Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and wireless networks that provide alternatives to the wired client/server infrastructure that characterizes the Web. Current clients include Nokia, GBN, the Library of Congress, the Highlands Forum, the Markle Foundation, and the BBC.
In addition to his consulting work, Mr. Shirky is an adjunct professor in NYU's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he teaches courses on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology -- how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. His current course, Social Weather, examines the cues we use to understand group dynamics in online spaces and the possible ways of improving user interaction by redesigning our social software to better reflect the emergent properties of groups.
Mr. Shirky has written extensively about the internet since 1996. Over the years, he has had regular columns in Business 2.0, FEED, OpenP2P.com and ACM Net_Worker, and his writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Wired, Release 1.0, Computerworld, and IEEE Computer. He has been interviewed by Slashdot, Red Herring, Media Life, and the Economist's Ebusiness Forum. He has written about biotechnology in his "After Darwin" column in FEED magazine, and serves as a technical reviewer for O'Reilly's bioinformatics series. He helps program the "Biological Models of Computation" track for O'Reilly's Emerging Technology conferences.
Mr. Shirky frequently speaks on emerging technologies at a variety of forums and organizations, including PC Forum, the Internet Society, the Department of Defense, the BBC, the American Museum of the Moving Image, the Highlands Forum, the Economist Group, Storewidth, the World Technology Network, and several O'Reilly conferences on Peer-to-Peer, Open Source, and Emerging Technology.
Prior to his appointment at NYU, Mr. Shirky was a Partner at the investment firm The Accelerator Group in 1999-2001, an international investment group with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. The Accelerator Group was focused on early stage firms, and Mr. Shirky's role was technological due diligence and product strategy.
Mr. Shirky was the original Professor of New Media in the Media Studies department at Hunter College, where he created the department's first undergraduate and graduate offerings in new media, and helped design the current MFA in Integrated Media Arts program.
Prior to his appointment at Hunter, he was the Chief Technology Officer of the NYC-based Web media and design firm Site Specific, where he created the company's media tracking database and server log analysis software. Site Specific was later acquired by CKS Group, where he was promoted to VP Technology, Eastern Region.
Before there was a Web, he was Vice-President of the New York chapter of the EFF, and wrote technology guides for Ziff-Davis, including a guide to email-accessible internet resources, and a guide to the culture of the internet. He appeared as an expert witness on internet culture in Shea vs. Reno, a case cited in the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Communications Decency Act in 1996.
Mr. Shirky graduated from Yale College with a degree in art, and prior to falling in love with the internet, he worked as a theater director and designer in New York. His company, Hard Place Theater, staged "non-fiction theater", theatrical collages of found documents.
Mr. Shirky's writings are archived at shirky.com, and he currently runs the N.E.C. mailing list for his writings on networks, economics, and culture.
Assistant General Counsel
As Assistant General Counsel for ESPN, Lisa handles all aspects of ESPN's new media business including ESPN.com, ESPN360, ESPN Mobile Properties and ESPN The Magazine. Lisa negotiates and drafts license agreements involving the acquisition and distribution of content and she counsels ESPN's Ad Sales and other business units regarding intellectual property issues, advertising and promotions law, privacy law and ESPN's contractual rights with sports leagues and governing bodies. In addition, Lisa oversees ESPN's fantasy games, sweepstakes and contests and works closely with ESPN's business units to develop promotional concepts in compliance with advertising and promotions law and ESPN's contractual rights. Lisa also works closely with ESPN's television programming division on deals that involve both television and new media rights.
Lisa earned both a Bachelor's Degree and J.D. from St. John's University in 1985 and 1992, respectively. From 1992 through 1999, she was a litigation and corporate securities associate at several boutique and mid-size law firms. In 1997, Lisa set out to pursue her dream of working in sports by registering for sports marketing courses at New York University and joining (and networking through) various sports organizations. Lisa earned a Certificate in Sports & Entertainment Marketing from New York University in June 1999. In October 1999, she accepted a position as Executive Director of the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA), where she consulted with ESPN to enhance WPBA programming features and spearheaded a marketing partnership between the WPBA and ESPN Zone, bringing increased exposure to the WPBA Classic 9-Ball Tour. In March 2001, Lisa became a Staff Attorney in the legal department of NHL Enterprises, L.P., the licensing and marketing arm of the National Hockey League, where she handled NHL.com-related matters, corporate sponsorship agreements and fan development initiatives. Lisa was a casualty of the NHL's massive lay-offs in September 2004 (prompted by the then-impending NHL lock-out), and subsequently joined ESPN in December 2004 in its New York office.
Litigation & Intellectual Property
A&E Television Networks
David Sternbach is Litigation & Intellectual Property Counsel at A&E Television Networks in New York City, where his practice encompasses all aspects of media law in traditional and emerging formats. He is responsible for supervising outside counsel and leading internal efforts in connection with all disputes and litigations arising from the company's international multimedia business, and he has broad responsibility for intellectual property matters generally, including management of a large international trademark portfolio, and analysis of intellectual property and other rights in new media. David has served as Co-Chair of the New Technologies Committee of the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, worked extensively with New York's Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, published numerous articles in law reviews, art and film magazines, and elsewhere, and he speaks frequently to groups of lawyers, artists, and others about media, intellectual property, and related issues. Before joining AETN, David worked as an associate at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler and Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman. He holds JD and MA degrees from New York University, and worked for ten years as an acquiring editor in trade book publishing in New York before attending NYU School of Law (cum laude, 1996), where he was an editor of the law review. AETN is comprised of A&E Network®, The History Channel®, five other domestic digital networks, and a consumer products division. AETN also distributes certain of its networks and programs in more than 125 countries around the world.
New York Law School
Program in Law and Journalism
Cameron Stracher, a graduate of Harvard Law School, Amherst College, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, teaches Legal Scholarship and Newsgathering and the Law, and conducts workshops and tutorials on writing and editing for law review students. He is the publisher of the New York Law School Law Review and Co-Director of the Program in Law & Journalism. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the Institute for Information Law & Policy and the Center for Professional Values & Practice.
At Harvard, Professor Stracher was a winner of the Ames Moot Court Competition. Following law school, he worked at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., before moving to Iowa City, Iowa, where he received an M.F.A. in creative writing, taught legal writing at the University of Iowa College of Law, and was a founder of the law school's Writing Resource Center. Upon his return to New York City, he worked as a commercial litigator before becoming litigation counsel at CBS. He spent five years at CBS, where he specialized in First Amendment litigation and other legal issues facing the media. Until August 2004, he was a partner at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz in New York City, where he specialized in media law. Currently, in addition to his teaching responsibilities, he advises various media clients on newsgathering risks.
In 1996, his novel, The Laws of Return, was published by William Morrow & Co., and in 1998 his memoir, Double Billing: A Young Lawyer's Tale of Greed, Sex, Lies, and the Pursuit of a Swivel Chair, was also published by Morrow. His latest book, Dinner with Dad, was published by Random House in May, 2007. His blog can be found at dinnerwithdad.com.
Professor Stracher's essays, opinions, and articles appear regularly in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer, and many other publications.
VP Business Development
Independent Online Distribution Alliance
Rob Weitzner holds a rich strategic perspective gained during nearly 20 years of diverse music industry experience, beginning with managing his best friends' rock group at age 13. Since then, his career has successfully traversed the traditional and digital dimensions of the business, affording him an expansive 360 degree view of the industry's rapidly shifting dynamics.
Immediately prior to joining IODA in November 2006, Rob was the Head of Membership & Development for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). Rob was instrumental in the successful launching of the first-ever Independent Label trade body in the US where he was primarily responsible for building a membership community of nearly 200 Independent Record Labels and associated stakeholders.
In previous years, Rob played a key role in the growth of leading industry firms. As the VP, Business Development & Digital Strategy at TVT Records his charter was to leverage the music assets of TVT across all developing channels of digital delivery and broadband distribution, securing and implementing significant deals with, among others, Napster, Rhapsody, Zingy, and MusicMatch. As VP, Business Development and GM, New York for eMusic.com, Rob successfully guided the integration of the company's $38 Million acquisition of Cductive.com, managing all operational aspects of the NY Content Acquisition & Business Development Teams. His career also includes a stint in strategic development at early digital music pioneer N2K Entertainment.
Rob's first professional foray into the industry began in 1987 as the Founding Partner of boutique artist management firm, Monster Management, where he identified and developed such burgeoning talent as Shootyz Groove (Mercury, Roadrunner, Reprise) and Redbelly (Elektra).
Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law
New York Law School
Lori Wentworth Odierno is an adjunct faculty member at New York Law School, where she teaches entertainment law. Ms. Odierno brings to her students 15 years of experience as a transactional lawyer, specializing in media and entertainment contracts.
Before teaching, Ms. Odierno spent eight years as Corporate & Transactions Counsel for NBC-Universal, Inc. At NBC, Ms. Odierno advised clients in several areas of the company’s core broadcast business, including the NBC Television Network, the NBC Television Stations, and NBC News.
Prior to her appointment at NBC, Ms. Odierno was Director, Legal Affairs at EMI Records Group North America. Ms. Odierno started her legal career as a corporate associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Ms. Odierno graduated, summa cum laude, from New York Law School in 1992. At NYLS, Ms. Odierno served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York Law School Law Review.
A native of Seattle, Ms. Odierno received her BA in business administration from the University of Washington in 1988. She also studied at Richmond University in London, England.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Werner joined The WB Network in September 1997 as its Executive Vice President, Distribution. He was a principal member of The WB's management team and was responsible for The WB's distribution system. During his tenure he guided the network's transformation of its distribution system, increasing its coverage of the United States from 56 percent to 94 percent. He introduced numerous new and unique programs, which assisted affiliates in maximizing the value of their affiliations and provided the leadership necessary to successfully navigate the dynamic network/affiliate relationship.
Werner came to The WB with an extensive and diverse background in the entertainment industry. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development at CBS, Inc. Prior to CBS, Werner spent eight years with The Walt Disney Company where he served as Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Television. At Disney, Werner was responsible for a broad range of television, ancillary market and company-wide initiatives including responsibility for all business planning and business and legal affairs for Buena Vista Television. Between 1983 and 1988, Werner held senior business affairs positions at Columbia Pictures Television and Viacom Enterprises.
Werner began his career in the business side of entertainment as an attorney and Assistant Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild, Inc., the professional association of persons writing for the theater. He is a graduate of New York Law School and Georgetown University. He is a former Board member of NATPE and a founding Board and Loan Committee member of L.A. FAME Renaissance, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to economically empowering underserved communities.
In 2002, Werner launched, on behalf of FAME Renaissance Business Incubator, a series entitled, "A Conversation With…." The series, which has concluded its fourth season and is now sponsored by USC's Marshall School of Business and L.A. FAME Renaissance, is produced and moderated by Werner. It exposes students, businessmen and entrepreneurs in underserved communities to leading entertainment executives who share their personal perspectives on achieving business success. Guests have included Michael Eisner, Richard Parsons, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Barry Diller, Bob Wright, Carole Black, Peter Chernin, Jamie Kellner, Ann Fudge, Ron Meyer, Chris McGurk and Leslie Moonves.
New York Law School 2008
New York Law School 2009