Simon N. Pulman is partner and co-chair of CDAS’s entertainment group. As a transactional attorney, Simon primarily counsels clients in entertainment and media law matters, focusing on television, podcasting, film and interactive entertainment transactions. Simon also acts as outside business affairs for a number of high level studios, networks, production companies and rightsholders, negotiating all forms of development, production, financing and licensing deals.
Simon has significant experience in structuring and negotiating digital distribution agreements and other cutting-edge transactions at the convergence of traditional media and emerging technology platforms, with a special interest in digital video, streaming platforms and SVOD. He has worked on a wide range of high profile and award-winning television and motion picture productions, both scripted and unscripted, including many projects intended for exploitation via High Budget SVOD and AVOD platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Apple, YouTube, Quibi, HBO Max and Facebook.
Simon is also an expert and industry leader in rights acquisitions deals, and has extensive experience negotiating deals to adapt books, video games, podcasts, articles and documentaries for scripted film and television. He has a personal interest in genre entertainment and popular culture, and his strong knowledge of and passion for gaming, podcasts, comic books and graphic novels helps him bring unique value to clients in those sectors.
Variety included Simon in its 2019 Legal Impact Report, 2018 “Dealmakers Elite New York” list and its 2017 Legal Impact Report “Up Next” list and since 2015, he has been recognized multiple times in Super Lawyers as a New York Metro “Rising Star” in the field of entertainment and sports.
He frequently writes about entertainment and digital content related matters, and has been published in multiple industry publications. Industry events where Simon has participated as a speaker include Digital Hollywood NY and LA, Media Summit, DOC NYC, Made in NY Media Center, Social Media Club, and Biz-eSports Summit. He was also selected as an industry mentor for South By Southwest in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and for DOC NYC in 2019.
- Vanderbilt University Law School, JD
- Duke University, BA
- Variety, “Legal Impact Report,” 2019
- Variety, “Dealmakers Elite New York,” 2018
- Variety, “Legal Impact Report, Up Next,” 2017
- “New York Metro Rising Star,” Super Lawyers, 2015-2018