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Wed, Apr 21


Zoom Webinar

Economy of Entertainment Part I: Trends & ROI in Film, Music, and Gaming in the Age of COVID-19

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, Miller Kaplan, Hong Kong Association of Atlanta, and Hong Kong Business Association of Nevada will co-host a four-part series on the Economy of Entertainment. Hear industry experts speak on a panel moderated by SGR attorneys and special guests.

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Economy of Entertainment Part I: Trends & ROI in Film, Music, and Gaming in the Age of COVID-19
Economy of Entertainment Part I: Trends & ROI in Film, Music, and Gaming in the Age of COVID-19

Time & Location

Apr 21, 2021, 11:00 AM – 2:05 PM EDT

Zoom Webinar

About The Event



Michael Riesen, Partner – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (Atlanta, GA)

Michael is a Intellectual Property (IP) and Entertainment lawyer, a U.S. Patent Attorney, and a U.K. Solicitor (England and Wales). Michael counsels clients on all aspects of IP including procuring protections, managing transfers, agreements, and litigation.


Peter YamProducer – Blue Island Production Company Ltd. (Hong Kong)

Peter is an independent documentary and feature film producer. Peter’s productions have been screened at several film festivals including the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Hong Kong Independent Film Festival 2016, to name a few. Peter’s productions have garnered critical acclaim including "Best Documentary award" Taipei Golden Horse Award 2020 and qualified for 91st Academy Awards Best Documentary nominations.

Vincent LeoniCPA, Partner  Miller Kaplan (North Hollywood, FL)

Vincent Leoni is a partner with Miller Kaplan in Los Angeles and is the partner in charge of the firm’s Licensing & Royalties / Contract Compliance practice. He has more than 30 years of experience providing entertainment consulting, royalty/contract compliance, and profit participation examinations. Vincent performs these services on behalf of licensors, owners of intellectual property, film studios, production companies, recording artists, music publishers, profit participants, and software developers.

Marcus HowardCEO MetArena; President Tampa Association of Gaming (Tampa, FL)

Marcus Howard is the CEO of MetArena, which helps brands of all sizes use family-friendly e-sports to virtually engage their entire communities. He's also the President of the Tampa Association of Gaming, a non-profit dedicated to growing the gaming/e-sports industry and STEAM youth programs in the Tampa Bay region.

Jonas BarnesProducer and writer; Original Film, Dragon Shark Entertainment

Jonas Barnes is a 20 year veteran of the feature film and television industry who got his start working for Neal Moritz at Original Film developing franchises. He is known for studio level feature film development, packaging, and sales on films like SWAT, Fast and Furious, and Babysitter Wanted. Barnes recently launched Dragon Shark, a film and TV development and financing company, focused on family content. The company is based in Fayetteville, GA at Trilith Studios.


Part II: Anatomy of a Contract

June 2, 2021, 3:00PM to 4:30PM EST - Registration not yet open.

We will discuss the type of contracts in the industry and typical terminology, such as importance of an LOI/Term Sheet, dispute resolution, defining ownership of IP, and more!


Part III: Follow the Money!$!

Date TBD - Registration not yet open.

Discussions on finance agreements, implementation, disputes, and remedies.


Part IV: Accounting: War Stories & Remedies

Date TBD - Registration not yet open.

Discussion of audit processes and procedures, war stories, and remedies.


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