The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Track II: Herscher Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 202

Crowdfunding, Start-ups & Angels: The Financing the Entertainment and Technology Industries

Dimitry Lensky, Associate, Greenberg, Whitcombe, Takeuchi, Gibson & Grayver,  LLP

Mark Landay, Managing Director, Dynamic Synergy Corporation

Kumar Arora, Serial Entrepreneur & Professional Daydreamer. Investor on CNBC's "Cleveland Hustles"

Amy Wan, Esq., Founder & CEO Bootstrap Legal

Adam Marsh, Entertainment/Media/Sports, Huntington Technology Finance

Gene Massey, Chairman/CEO,, Moderator


Kumar Arora, CNBC Investor on LeBron James Show "Cleveland Hustles" & Serial Entrepreneur: Kumar Arora is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor behind many notable startups and brands. Some of his ventures include Ilthy®, Black Rose Marketing and more. Kumar also serves as a consultant and advisor for a range of industries. He boasts an impressive roster of clients ranging from Fortune 500s, startups, to celebrities and athletes. Currently, he is paving the way with his newest project, Rogue Eyewear, using experimental materials combined with bold designs for a new perspective in a stagnant industry.

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.


Dimitry Lensky, Associate, Greenberg, Whitcombe, Takeuchi, Gibson & Grayver,  LLP: Dimitry Lensky joined the firm in 2015 as a corporate and litigation associate. He is fluent in Russian, and works with the firm's international clients in the Emerging Company and International Business Transactions practice groups. His practice consists of counseling entrepreneurs, emerging companies, investors, and medium-sized businesses on venture capital investment transactions, corporate governance, entity formation, product development collaborations, various commercial agreements, confidentiality agreements, executive compensation, copyright, trademark procurement, and other corporate and intellectual property matters. He also works on assorted real estate transactions, purchase and sale agreements, and leases, as well as business, real estate, and employment litigation.


Mark J. Landay - Managing Director, Dynamic Synergy Corporation: As a member of Dynamic Synergy's executive committee for over a decade, Mark Landay's expertise includes executive level search in high technology. He has successfully completed many searches for venture-capitalized, pre-IPO start ups to world-leading Fortune 50 companies. Prior to joining Dynamic Synergy Corporation, he was a Director at Compusearch, the high technology division of Management Recruiters International. Previously, he led the business development and expansion for regionally based executive search firm, Rod Asher & Associates. Mr. Landay is qualified as a member of the Pinnacle Society, an honor and educational society recognizing the top 100 performers in executive search. Prior to executive search, Mr. Landay worked in private equity. Mr. Landay is extremely well connected in the emerging technology industry with numerous contacts, including many leading venture capitalists. Mr. Landay has been recognized as an industry expert in both technology & executive search. He is the President of LA CEOs, a founding mentor for the Founders Institute, Chairman of SoCal Tech, and the Chairman Emeritus of the Harvard Business School Angels of Southern California. Mr. Landay holds a degree in Management Business Administration with an emphasis in human resources.


Adam Marsh, works in Manhattan as the manager of national accounts in the technology finance unit of Huntington National Bank, which is based in Columbus, Ohio. He is responsible for the entertainment media and sports practice. Huntington Technology Finance is the one of the largest, vendor-independent providers of financing and equipment management services in North America. For nearly three decades, we have been helping small, medium and large businesses, hospitals, educational institutions, government entities and multinational organizations to navigate financing and technology challenges.


Gene Massey is the Chairman/CEO of, a company holding an issued U.S. Patent for a new and innovative method of Crowdfunding that enables any company to sell its stock on its own Website or Facebook page. Known as the "Social Media IPO," MediaShares' Crowdfunding methodology can be used in any company's IPO and is fully-compliant with SEC rules that now make it possible to advertise and market a company's stock through social media and even sell to non-accredited investors. MediaShares uses Direct Registration, a process that enables companies that already have online fans, customers, or affinity groups to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others to get the funding they need by selling their shares directly to their online communities. This process is known as 'Crowdfunding." MediaShares' subsidiary,, is an innovative film financing company that uses this methodology for building massive online communities around movies. CinemaShares licenses its U.S. patented platform to film production companies who sell single shares of stock to online movie fans and offer a DVD or digital download as a stock dividend. In addition to his expertise in securities, Gene Massey is also known as an Internet Marketing Consultant, with extensive experience in Social Media Marketing and the Branding of Retail products online. In the past Gene has owned and operated a Los Angeles-based advertising and marketing company. From 1990 to 1997 Gene worked personally with Ely Callaway, Chairman/CEO of Callaway Golf, creating over four hundred television commercials that introduced and promoted the "Big Bertha" line of golf clubs. During the period of time that Gene worked with Callaway, their total sales increased from $21 million in 1990 to $843 million in 1997.