Embracing the International Television Market: Legal and Business Issues To Consider When Adapting and Exporting Television Formats

PART ONE The market for quality narrative television has heated up globally over the past few years. Fueled by the emergence of new digital platforms and business models, the reliance of multiplexes on blockbuster genre films, and the growth of “binge viewing” of TV content, audiences have become increasingly hungry for high quality, serialized content

CDAS Attorney Doug Jacobs to Speak at CableFax’s CFX Live

CDAS Attorney Doug Jacobs will be speaking at this year’s “CFX Live”, on March 25th, at 2:50. CFX Live is a conference hosted by CableFax with a central focus on the Television industry. Doug will be focusing his discussion on the topic of “over the top” (“OTT”) content distribution, and the relevant business and legal

Newly Announced CDAS Partner Doug Jacobs Featured on Broadcasting & Cable

Following today’s earlier announcement that Former General Counsel of A&E, Doug Jacobs, was joining the firm as a Partner, Mr. Jacobs had an opportunity to speak with Jon Lafayette, Business Editor at Broadcasting & Cable, about the transition. Mr. Jacobs touched upon the current state of the Television Business, as well as the future of

CDAS Brings on Former General Counsel of A&E, Doug Jacobs, as Partner

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) is proud to announce that Doug Jacobs, recently Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel of A&E Television Networks, has joined the firm as a partner in its New York office. Mr. Jacobs’ practice will primarily focus on matters involving the cable television industry and the evolving digital media universe,

The Future of Video

By Simon N. Pulman Consumption of online video continues to grow at a rapid pace. Online video ad revenue is projected to reach nearly $5 billion in 2016, while premium streaming video distributors including Netflix, Hulu Plus and Yahoo are stepping up their licensing and commissioning of original content. Most industry observers believe that online

Negotiating Digital Distribution Agreements

By Simon N. Pulman Digital and direct distribution options have created new opportunities for producers seeking to leverage multiple platforms to find new revenue streams and audiences for their work. While the traditional “all rights” deal will continue to exist as long as there are major distributors willing to pay a minimum guarantee and give

CDAS Client Park Pictures Funds “Infinitely Polar Bear”

CDAS Partner Marc H. Simon’s client Park Pictures Film Partners is financing and producing Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, which just began shooting in Rhode Island. Park’s Sam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer will produce the Maya Forbes written and directed film with Benji Kohn, Austin Stark and Bingo Gubelmann from Paper Street Films.

Oscilloscope Picks Up Lotfy Nathan’s “12 O’Clock Boys”

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired all North American rights 12 O’CLOCK BOYS, directed and produced by CDAS Partner Marc H. Simon’s client Lotfy Nathan. The film tells the story of the 12 O’Clock Boys, a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore.  Converging in groups and invading the streets, they dangerously–yet magnificently–make their presence

CDAS at DOC NYC 2012!

CDAS returns to the DOC NYC Film Festival, (Thursday, November 8 through Thursday, November 15 at the IFC Center, and also at the SVA Theatre, please click links below for venue), once again representing a number of clients and their acclaimed films. CDAS is proud to co-sponsor this exciting festival again as it returns for

CDAS at AFM (The American Film Market)

Susan H. Bodine, Marc H. Simon and Janis C. Nelson are in attendance at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California, which runs from Wednesday, October 31 through Wednesday, November 7. Over 8000 industry leaders from over 70 countries converge for eight days of deal-making, screenings of over 400 films, seminars and networking. Ms.