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T. Hale Boggs is a partner in Manatt’s Corporate/Finance, Capital Markets and Venture Capital practice areas. He splits his time between the firm’s Los Angeles and northern California offices. He founded Manatt’s Palo Alto office in 1998, and helped to establish the firm’s San Francisco office in 2007. Mr. Boggs chairs the firm’s nationwide Business Development Committee and serves on the Compensation Committee and Executive Committee. He also chairs Manatt’s Digital Media Practice Group.
Mr. Boggs’ practice focuses primarily on corporate and securities matters, including venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, public and private securities offerings and joint ventures. He works with companies across the spectrum of their business cycles, from start-up through late-stage, with a particular emphasis on companies in the digital media industry.
Mr. Boggs’ expertise includes venture capital and other equity and debt financings, equity compensation matters, SEC reporting and disclosure, intellectual property licensing, complex corporate partnering transactions and corporate governance. He also represents venture capital firms in fund formation and counseling matters. He frequently assists clients in structuring creative arrangements to acquire, develop, protect and distribute technologies and products both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Boggs also represents a wide variety of financial institutions and financial services companies, including commercial banks and bank holding companies, and consumer and commercial finance companies.
Peter Csathy is CEO of Manatt Digital Media. He is a media and digital media entrepreneur, executive, negotiator, dealmaker, venture capitalist and journalist with an unbroken track record of success in start-up and emerging growth companies, as well as major and independent media companies. Mr. Csathy’s career spans Internet, music, motion pictures/video, live entertainment, and technology. Mr. Csathy helps clients by leveraging his vast network of relationships and unique breadth of business and operational experience that is equally split between new and traditional media.
Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Csathy was President and CEO of Sorenson Media, Inc., a highly respected global video company that services virtually all media companies and 70 of the Fortune 100. Mr. Csathy previously served as the CEO of social network and online video technology company Sightspeed, Inc., and negotiated the company’s successful acquisition by Logitech, Inc., in 2008. From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Csathy was President and Chief Operating Officer of MusicMatch, Inc., where he structured and closed industry-first music licensing agreements and drove the company’s successful partner-focused distribution and marketing strategy. MusicMatch was acquired by Yahoo! in 2004.
In addition to those roles, Mr. Csathy was also the Chief Operating Officer of digital media start-up eNow, Inc. (acquired by AOL in 2006), a Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs of Universal Studios, and a senior business and legal affairs executive at New Line Cinema and Savoy Pictures Entertainment. At these companies Mr. Csathy structured and negotiated agreements ranging from multibillion-dollar international joint ventures, to M&A and corporate partnerships valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, to major media content licensing deals, to entertainment talent deals. He began his career as a media, entertainment and IP attorney.
Mr. Csathy is a noted media/digital media thought leader who is regularly featured in all major press. He also writes for many of the most influential and respected digital media and venture publications, including TechCrunch, Variety, Billboard, Fast Company, Venturebeat, Wired, as well as on his own highly regarded Digital Media Update blog.
Eunice Shin is a director for Manatt Digital Media, a division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, which offers innovative full-service business consulting and legal services, as well as venture capital. She advises media, digital media, technology and emerging growth companies on business strategy, organizational priorities and business development. Ms. Shin also analyzes and assesses potential digital media and technology investment opportunities for Manatt Venture Fund, an investment fund that focuses on early-stage participation in promising companies in the digital media space. Ms. Shin is based out of the Los Angeles office.
Ms. Shin’s project work has included leading the assessment and strategy for customer data privacy principles for a major entertainment conglomerate, partnering with a major entertainment studio in various projects building the foundation for an end‐to‐end digital media supply chain, including metadata servicing, technical operations servicing and media management, and enabling the social analytics, digital analytics and CRM operations for the digital division of a major studio.
Prior to joining Manatt, Ms. Shin was the director of business development, consulting partner, and entertainment segment practice leader at Cognizant Business Consulting, where she provided business consulting to the media and entertainment industries. Prior to Cognizant, Ms. Shin was at Strategic Vision Consulting and Accenture, where she provided management and technology consulting for leading media and entertainment clients.
Lindsay Conner has spent his entire legal career in the entertainment and media industries. He has served as chief outside entertainment counsel for several major film studios and television networks and numerous film and television production and distribution companies, and as lead counsel in several large finance, distribution, and M&A transactions for one of America’s largest financial institutions and a major Wall Street hedge fund.
Mr. Conner advises clients through the entire life cycle of film, television and new media assets. He has restructured the production and distribution of a multibillion-dollar television franchise, closed half-billion-dollar feature film finance and distribution deals, and negotiated studio film slate financing deals and international television production and distribution deals, as well as deals for the acquisition of companies and film and television assets.
Mr. Conner represents film and television industry clients, as well as financial institutions and hedge funds, in equity and debt finance deals, distribution and licensing deals, and agreements with major talent. He has served as production counsel for a wide variety of feature films, as well as television series, specials, and long-form productions.
Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Conner was a partner at Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, where he served as the head of the firm’s Entertainment Law Practice.
Linda Goldstein is widely recognized as one of the leading advertising lawyers in the country. Prior to joining Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she is a partner and chair of the Advertising, Marketing & Media Division, Ms. Goldstein was a name partner at the New York law firm Hall Dickler Kent Goldstein & Wood.
Ms. Goldstein represents the world’s leading consumer products/services and advertising and marketing companies in advertising, intellectual property and digital media matters. Her practice includes conducting legal compliance reviews of advertising campaigns for brand marketers and agencies, representing clients in false advertising and unfair competition investigations and enforcement actions, advising clients on promotional marketing programs, and negotiating and drafting industry-governing agreements.
Consumer Protection: Ms. Goldstein has extensive experience representing clients in investigative and enforcement proceedings brought by the Federal Trade Commission and National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, including numerous high-profile matters involving substantiation of advertising claims and compliance with trade regulation rules. She has also represented clients in investigations and actions brought by state attorneys general throughout the country relating to various marketing practices.
Promotions: Ms. Goldstein regularly counsels marketers on the structuring of sweepstakes, games and contests. Also, as chair emeritus and head of the Promotion Marketing Association’s Government and Legal Affairs Committee, she has assisted in developing public policy positions on a wide variety of promotion-related issues and has effectively advocated for the industry’s agenda in the legal, legislative and regulatory arenas, including testifying before the National Association of Attorneys General’s Subcommittee on Sweepstakes Promotion. In addition to helping secure legislative and regulatory changes favorable to the industry, she is a frequent writer and much-sought-after commentator on air, in print and on panels and podiums on the subject of promotion marketing.
Digital Media Marketing: Ms. Goldstein spends a large portion of her time advising clients on how to minimize the legal risks associated with online advertising and marketing. A recognized expert in the legal issues surrounding e-commerce, mobile marketing, social media marketing, consumer-generated content marketing and marketing to children, she has actively participated in hearings conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, such as on the adequacy of disclosures in mobile campaigns, and has worked with numerous trade associations, including the Mobile Marketing Association and Word of Mouth Marketing Association, to develop and adopt industry self-governing guidelines.
Online Gaming: Ms. Goldstein has advised and counseled numerous companies in the gaming community, including operators of gaming sites lawfully established outside of the United States, persons or entities involved in online horse betting and wagering, and a substantial number of fantasy sports league operators, regarding the U.S. legal and regulatory framework governing online gaming. She is a frequent speaker and writer on issues relating to the legality of online gaming activities in the United States.
Direct Response: A significant component of Ms. Goldstein’s practice is the representation of individuals and companies in the infomercial and home shopping sectors. A former chair of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Retailing Association, she played a key role in the development of the organization’s Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (ERSP), a self-regulatory mechanism for resolving inquiries regarding the truthfulness and accuracy of direct response advertising claims.
E-Mail and Telemarketing: An expert in direct mail, telemarketing and anti-spam law, Ms. Goldstein has represented many of this sector’s leaders in connection with state and federal legal compliance matters and complex multistate regulatory investigations.
Branded Entertainment: Ms. Goldstein has earned a national reputation in the emerging area of branded entertainment as a result of her regular counseling of clients regarding the structuring, negotiation and drafting of agreements for the integration of brands into film, television, music and video game properties.
In this month’s newsletter we highlight some of the latest activities in the digital video space. Social media, mobile and over-the-top (OTT) viewing continue to make waves in the media landscape, creating new opportunities for content production, distribution and monetization. (See highlights below.)
Welcome to another installment of our “5 Questions with …” executive Q&A series with entrepreneurs from companies innovating in new ways. Today’s featured entrepreneur is Matt Serletic, co-founder & CEO of music startup Zya — a company with pedigree-d investors that include Liberty Global and Intel Capital.
In the last three months, the online video space has seen new entrants, new offerings and further experimentation.
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