Simon N. Pulman is a 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, HBOMax and Peacock.
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. In particular, he has a specific interest in videogame intellectual properties and the convergence of gaming and entertainment.
Variety included Simon in its 2021 “Dealmakers Impact Report,” its 2019, 2020 and 2021 “Legal Impact Report,” its 2018 and 2019 “Dealmakers Elite New York” lists, and its 2017 Legal Impact Report “Up Next” list. Simon is also recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a New York Metro “Super Lawyer” 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 has also been selected as an industry mentor for DOC NYC and South by Southwest.
Simon is a graduate of Duke University and Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a passionate and long-suffering supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.