Tuesday, October 21st

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Track II: Salon II

The Hollywood and Media Challenge: Mergers, Consolidations and Convergence Trends

David Williams, Chief Content and Technology Strategist, Endemol and Beyond

Evan Weiss, Manager, Collective Digital Studio

John Evershed, CEO, Mondo Media

Jody Simon, Partner, Entertainment Department Production Practice Chair, Fox Rothschild

Moderator:  Darrell D. Miller, Chair, Entertainment Law Department and Managing Partner, Fox Rothschild

John Evershed is the CEO of Mondo Media, the leading digital distributor of animation for teens and young adults.  He co-founded the company in San Francisco in 1988 and has deftly guided Mondo through several digital media revolutions. Today, Mondo is one of the longest standing and most successful partners on YouTube with over 2 billion views and counting.    Evershed has parlayed that audience into an expanding list of platforms and revenue streams from the transactional platforms to games to merchandise.  Evershed has built the Mondo library to include over 5,000 minutes of irreverent, animated comedy curated to appeal to a growing international, millennial audience.   As Executive Producer of “Happy Tree Friends”, Mondo’s best known and most-viewed web series, Evershed oversaw the property’s extensions into everything from a TV series on MTV in most major markets worldwide, to a popular iOS game, to a Japanese line of merchandise for teen girls.  And, Evershed continues to innovate.  His most recent success is “Dick Figures”, a web series that quickly exploded in popularity on YouTube.  Dick Figures was adapted into a movie that soared to number one in presales on Amazon.  Evershed graduated with a degree in English from the University of Toronto and lives in Greenbrae, California.

 

Jody Simon is a seasoned and savvy entertainment law attorney who has been helping clients in the industry produce innovative and sophisticated television and new media content for more than 25 years. From the early days of his career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency in New York to his current status as one of the industry's go-to lawyers and chair of the Entertainment Department's Production Practice, Jody is a passionate advocate for his clients, negotiating the deals that bring to life many of today's popular entertainment vehicles. Throughout his tenure as an entertainment lawyer, Jody has actively counseled his clients in nearly every type of legal matter spanning the spectrum of the industry: television (including a special focus on reality television and Canadian and international co-productions), digital media outlets, publishing, live stage, live action and animated programming and graphic novels. For his clients who are content creators and owners, such as television networks, production companies and executive producers, Jody assists in all aspects of financing, development, production, distribution and the exploitation of projects across multiple media and platforms. Jody also facilitates licensing, branding and merchandising deals on behalf of a wide range of clients - including marquee performers, video game publishers, visual artists, auto manufacturers and universities - to help them monetize their brands. Some of his well-known clients include BBC Worldwide Productions (producer of Dancing with the Stars), PB&J Television, DiGa Vision, Six Point Harness, 310 Entertainment, Titmouse Animation, leading comic book writer Mark Wald, Thunderbird Films, Sphere Media, Clay Newbill, Sara Rea and Liquid Theory.

 

Darrell D. Miller, recently named a Power Lawyer on The Hollywood Reporters' 2013 list of Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys in America, is the Managing Partner of Fox Rothschild's Los Angeles offices and the chair of the Entertainment Department. Mr. Miller has more than 22 years of entertainment law deal-making experience, with an emphasis on creating of multiple streams of income for clients with high brand equity through cross-promotion of film, television, music, theatre, multimedia and licensing opportunities. In a recent Los Angeles Business Journal article, Darrell succinctly summed up how he developed his own method not only to distinguish his entertainment law practice-which includes clients ranging from music mogul and actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, film producer TD Jakes, British celebrity Caroline Stanbury, reality TV super star Nene Leakes to award-winning “A-List” actors like Angela Bassett and 2013 Tony Award winner Courtney B. Vance -but also to attract more clients who didn't solely act, sing or dance-“multihyphenate” professionals, as he calls them. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a frequent speaker on topics related to the business of entertainment.

 

Day Two - SuperSession Day

David Williams, Chief Content and Technology Strategist, Endemol and Beyond:  Endemol Beyond USA, the digital multichannel network unit of global TV production firm Endemol, hired former Disney executive and entrepreneur David B. Williams as chief content and technology strategist.  As VP of entertainment and platforms for Disney Online Originals, Williams launched Take180, a digital studio and YouTube network, and MyDcast, Disney’s platform for user-generated video. He came to Disney in 2008 after the Mouse House acquired FanLib, a startup that showcased fan fiction and video.  Most recently, he was founder and CEO of consulting firm Volectro, where for the past two years he worked with digital networks including Maker Studios and Alloy Digital to develop distribution distribution strategies and deploy mobile apps.  Williams, who will remain based in Los Angeles, reports to Endemol Beyond USA president Will Keenan, who joined the company from Maker Studios last fall.