The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

 

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Track III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Financing, Packaging & Investment: From Entertainment & Indie Project to Technology & Startups

Amy Wan, Esq., Founder & CEO Bootstrap Legal

Diane McGrath, Chief Global Strategist, Falcon Media House

Greg Akselrud, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Jason Scoggins, President & COO of Slated, Inc.

Jennifer Post, Partner, Thompson Coburn

Mark Jeffrey, CEO & Founder, Guardian Circle Inc.

Brett M. Brown, Managing Partner, Xsolla Capital

Steven Masur, Senior Partner, MG+, Moderator

 

Greg Akselrud, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP: He chair's the Firm's Internet, New Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, Internet, technology, and apparel industries. Greg's practice involves providing advice in connection with general corporate matters (including company formation, stock incentive plans, executive employment agreements, and various commercial and business contracts), venture capital and angel financings, mergers and acquisitions (including

public reverse mergers), private equity and debt securities offerings, public offerings, federal and state securities law reporting requirements, intellectual property strategic counseling, Internet and e-commerce matters, and entertainment, content and digital media transactional matters. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing. Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit's Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).

 

Amy Wan, Esq., Founder & CEO Bootstrap Legal. Formerly, Amy was General Counsel at Patch of Land, a real estate marketplace lending platform. While there, Amy pioneered the industry’s first payment dependent note that is secured pursuant to an indenture trustee and designed to be bankruptcy remote, and advised the company on its $24.6M Series A funding round. She was recognized as a Finalist for the Corporate Counsel of the Year Award 2015 by LA Business Journal. Amy is also founder and co-organizer of Legal Hackers LA, and was named one of the one of ten women to watch in legal technology by the American Bar Association Journal in 2014. Amy began her career as  Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she worked on U.S.-China transportation policy. She has also worked in enforcement and compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she represented the United States in delegations to the WTO and participated in free trade agreement negotiations on regulatory coherence and technical barriers to trade. Amy has also taught and spoken at SXSW, Practical Law Institute, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. She holds an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and a BA from the University of Southern California.

 

Diane McGrath has over 20 years of experience in the business development and investment banking . Her unique balance of intuition and empirical support ability to recognize trends, disruptive technologies and long-term growth potential has led to success in designing revenue models and maximizing returns on investments across industry sectors for companies and customers alike. Her dual background in finance and business development has allowed her to position companies strategically for introduction to new markets and worldwide expansion, especially within the industries of technology, media and entertainment. Ms. McGrath has operated both independently and as part of management teams, generating over $1B for ventures by employing her managerial and technical expertise.  Recognizing and capitalizing on cutting-edge media trends including social networking, gamification, virtual and responsive design, McGrath has molded the business and revenue strategy for global social entertainment platforms,films, entertainment companies integrating new technologies to create sustainable business models for investment.  McGrath served as Director of World Wide Investor Relations for Asia Online, a pan-Asian web services company conducting business in 14 countries and 7 languages. Investors included CIBC, Softbank and CSFirstBoston in IPO filing. McGrath was the “face to Wall Street,” raising $185M for this global company and integrating new business models, clients and strategic partners. During her tenure, the company’s acquisitions and revenue growth led to its one billion dollar valuation ($1B) at the time of the NASDAQ registration filing for IPO.  Prior to 2000, McGrath was an Investment Banker for Aegis Capital Corp in portfolio management and corporate finance, and was Managing Director of The Berkely Fund in New York City. Previously, she worked in brokerage and corporate finance at Faherty&Faherty/Rooney Pace/Bear Stearns, and in international customer banking at Swiss Volksbank in Switzerland.

 

Jennifer Post, Partner, Thompson Coburn: As a partner in Thompson Coburn's Corporate Practice Group and Chair of its Securities Practice Group, Jennifer Post serves as primary outside counsel to a variety of individuals and companies, including entrepreneurs, startups and investors, as well as domestic and international public companies. Jennifer represents companies and investors in a wide range of corporate transactions, among them mergers and acquisitions, capital raising transactions, debt and equity restructuring and management buyouts. A prolific speaker and media commentator, Jennifer was recently profiled in the California Lawyer’s M&A Roundtable. Additionally, Jennifer has presented at the Harvard Business School W50 Summit, Metropole Global’s Crowdfunding Conference, NextGen’s Entrepreneurship & Global Crowdfunding Forum, Digital Hollywood events, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the American Bar Association, among others. Prior to joining Raines Feldman, Jennifer was a partner with Edwards Wildman Palmer, an international law firm, and began her career with Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, a leading high tech and venture capital firm in Boston. Most recently, she founded Post Law Group, PC, a boutique corporate and securities law firm.

 

Jason Scoggins is an entrepreneur and senior executive who has led companies in the entertainment industry as well as the technology space for over 15 years. He is currently President & COO of Slated, Inc., the online entertainment industry marketplace that connects filmmakers, investors and industry executives to projects, talent, financing and sales. The company’s mission is to consolidate the global independent film industry, and Mr. Scoggins’ primary role is to oversee its Film Finance efforts. In the five years prior to joining Slated in late 2014, Mr. Scoggins founded and led a series of entertainment industry data-related start-up companies. The first, ItsontheGrid, Inc., a feature film-related database company, he founded in 2009 and sold to The Wrap News, Inc. in 2011, becoming the company’s Chief Product Officer. After leaving The Wrap in 2012, Mr. Scoggins co-founded Spec Scout, a feature film screenplay analysis and scoring service that has become a key component of Slated’s project scoring system. In mid-2013, Mr. Scoggins joined Baseline, LLC as General Manager of its internal startup company, Signal Entertainment Marketing, LLC, a product placement and brand integration service for advertisers and agencies. Mr. Scoggins got his start in the entertainment business in 1995 as an assistant to the Head of Worldwide Television at ICM. He moved to the The Gersh Agency three years later to become a TV Literary agent, then switched his focus to entrepreneurial pursuits in 2000. A graduate of UCLA, he resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

 

Mark Jeffrey is a serial entrepreneur and author. He has co-founded five internet companies (three exits). Three times, he has conceptualized and built consumer products that generated millions of registered users in the first year. Most recently, Mark founded Guardian Circle, an app that lets friends, family and neighbors protect one other (Guardiancircle.com).  He is also an early pioneer of crypto-currencies, having published two of the first e-books on Bitcoin: BITCOIN EXPLAINED SIMPLY (2013) and THE CASE FOR BITCOIN (2016).  Mark is preparing his Q4/2017 Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for Guardium, the coin currency that powers his personal safety app, Guardian Circle, available worldwide on iOS, Android and Amazon Alexa. Guardian Circle is winner of the Launch Festival in San Francisco in 2016, and is a Partner of the XPRIZE Foundation.  He consults to crypto companies in strategies for ICOs, token-design, function and production, and white paper development, sharing his extensive rolodex with his clients. His previous companies include The Palace (backed by Time Warner, Intel and SoftBank; sold to Communities.comin 1998 with 10 million users), ZeroDegrees (a business social network sold to InterActiveCorp / IAC in 2004 with 1 million users) and ThisWeekIn (co-founded with Kevin Pollak and Jason Calacanis). He was also the founding CTO of Mahalo / Inside.com (backed by Elon Musk, Sequoia, Mark Cuban and others). Mark also consulted for several years directly for Travis Kalanick on his first company Red Swoosh. Mark's first book, MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT, was published in hardcover and ebook by HarperCollins in May, 2011. It was initially podcast as a series of episodic mp3's and received over 2.5 million downloads. Mark Jeffrey holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire. He is a TEDx speaker and was a featured speaker at the very first Harvard Conference on the Internet and Society.

 

Brett M. Brown, Managing Partner, Xsolla Capital: Mr. Brown is Managing Director and General Partner of the Xsolla Capital fund. Xsolla Capital is the premier partner within the $100 billion video game industry, the largest segment of the global entertainment industry. Xsolla Capital provides independent video game developers with capital and access to innovative tools and markets to launch games. Xsolla Capital was born out of Xsolla, Inc, the largest e-commerce platform in the video game industry. Xsolla is headquartered in Sherman Oaks, California with offices globally. Xsolla provides video game developers and publishers with payment and billing services, monetization tools, fraud prevention, customer support, store operator services, and many more services to perform business on a global scale. Xsolla is a partner-centric company and operates as a merchant and seller of record for major gaming entities like Valve, Twitch, Ubisoft, Epic Games, and Nexon. Mr. Brown is also an adviser to Slemma, a Los Angeles, California headquartered firm that provides SaaS data visualization, business analytics and dashboard applications for teams.

 

Steven Masur has over 22 years of experience advising emerging and established businesses on new opportunities and business challenges. He focuses his practice on corporate finance, M&A, intellectual property, entertainment, emerging businesses and strategic guidance. Steve has extensive experience in angel and venture capital finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and cross-border transactions in Europe and Asia. He is passionate about helping new businesses plan a path to success, and helping older businesses bridge the gap to new markets. Steve brings a unique mix of legal, business, and strategic experience to bear on client matters. He has counseled enterprise level clients including Shazam, Virgin Mobile, Liberty Media, Yamaha, Nielsen Buzzmetrics, Bob Vila and Conde Nast Publications in corporate, digital media, and new business matters. He has also helped emerging businesses in a wide variety of sectors, and is especially knowledgeable in media, entertainment, advertising, consumer products, food and technology, including mobile, games, digital music, social media, augmented and virtual reality, software and hardware. Steve has been recognized as a “Rising Star” and a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers. He serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards and industry associations, and lectures and writes about major issues in venture capital, emerging businesses, entertainment law, technology and corporate strategy.