SPECIAL HEARING ON NEW JERSEY’S FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA TAX CREDIT

Posted: June 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on SPECIAL HEARING ON NEW JERSEY’S FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA TAX CREDIT

SPECIAL HEARING ON

NEW JERSEY’S FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA TAX CREDIT

Senator Paul A. Sarlo, Chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, has called a special public Committee hearing to discuss the future of New Jersey’s Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program. The Hearing will

take place on Wednesday, June 9th, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at NBC/Universal’s “Mercy” Studio, 10 Enterprise Avenue North in Secaucus (just off Meadowlands Parkway.

Introduced last November, the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act,(Senate, No.3002), which was co-sponsored by Senators Paul Sarlo and Thomas Kean Jr, seeks to enhance the current tax credit program for filmmakers… to attract even more films to the state, stimulate local business and create more jobs. Unfortunately, the new administration has proposed suspending the current program altogether for Fiscal Year 2011 (which begins on July 1, 2010).

At the June 9 public hearing, the Budget and Appropriations Committee will invite testimony from those who would be affected by even a temporary suspension of the program. We will hear from production-related businesses, individuals whose livelihood depend on a continuous stream of production in New Jersey, filmmakers, producers and of course the production companies that will not consider filming in NJ without an economic incentive!

Please make every effort to attend this hearing. At this critical juncture, your presence and support is essential to the survival of the program!

If you are unable to attend this important event, please consider sending letters in support of the program to the individuals, below:

Thank you in advance for your help and support!!

Senator – Chairman of Budget and Appropriations Committee
The Hon. Paul A. Sarlo
207 Hackensack Street, 2nd Floor
Wood Ridge, NJ 07075
201-804-8118

Senator – Senate Minority Leader
The Hon. Thomas H. Kean Jr.
425 North Street East
Westfield, NJ 07090
908-232-3673

Senator – Senate Majority Leader
The Hon. Barbara Buono
2 Lincoln Highway, Suite 401
Edison, NJ 08820
732-205-1372

Senator – Senate President
The Hon. Stephen M. Sweeney
Kingsway Commons
935 Kings Highway, Suite 400
Thorofare, NJ 08086-2238
856-251-9801

Senator – Assistant Majority Leader
The Hon. M. Teresa Ruiz
166 Bloomfield Ave.
Newark, NJ 07104
973-484-1000

Assemblyman – Assembly Speaker
The Hon. Sheila Oliver
15-33 Halsted St., Suite 202
East Orange, NJ 07018
973-395-1166

Assemblyman – Assembly Majority Leader
The Hon. Joseph Cryan
985 Stuyvesant Ave.
Union, NJ 07083-6909
908-624-0880

Assemblyman – Budget Chair
The Hon. Louis Greenwald
1103 Laurel Oak Rd., Suite 142
Vorhees, NJ 08043
856-435-1247

Governor
The Hon. Chris Christie
State House
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-292-6000

Lt. Governor
The Hon. Kim Guadagno
State House
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-292-6000

Treasurer
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff
State Treasurer
125 West State St., Box 002
Trenton, NJ 08625-0002
609-292-3078


SHOULD YOU SIGN IT? MAKING SENSE OF YOUR EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

Posted: February 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on SHOULD YOU SIGN IT? MAKING SENSE OF YOUR EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
The PGA East Employment Committee invites you
to the first in a series of legal seminars:

SHOULD YOU SIGN IT? MAKING SENSE OF YOUR EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

Thursday, February 18 at 6:30pm

The Showbiz Store & Café
19 West 21st St., btwn 5th & 6th Ave.

PGA Members Only

Employment contracts are becoming a more common request in both short and long term production jobs. In addition to setting forth the basic terms of an agreement, employers are looking to protect themselves in a number of areas with indemnification, confidentiality and termination clauses. What does this mean to you? Under what circumstances should you sign a contract?

Thomas Crowell, author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers and a founding partner of Saperstein & Crowell, LLP, a New York City law firm, will help you arm yourself with the practical advice of a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer. The evening will cover standard clauses of most employment contracts, employment law and a Q&A.

This is an exclusive opportunity for PGA members to:
• Get important legal and employment information
• Prevent exposure to liability
• Get leverage in contract negotiations

Next up in the PGA East Legal Series: WHOSE SHOW IS IT? COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP IN DEVELOPMENT DEALS.


Ray scores a victory

Posted: October 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Music | Tags: , | Comments Off on Ray scores a victory

My friend Ray Beckerman has been fighting the RIAA for some time now. He maintains a blog about the lawsuits and the despicable practices the RIAA has foisted upon the people.

The RIAA attempted to gain sanctions against him for blogging, which is not only ridiculous but just shows how ignorant they are. Fortunately, Federal Magistrate judge, Robert Levy, denied the RIAA motion.

First off, this is dumb on the surface because court records are, for the most part, public documents.

The RIAA accused Ray of publishing motions (and some of his personal opinions).

Of course, its part of the normal course of litigation for attorneys is to engage in “Motion Practice” but the RIAA has been pushing the boundaries of ethical behavior for years.

I’m glad that Judge Levy saw right through the RIAA misguided attempts to sanction Ray.

Wired has a good writeup on this here.

And Ray has also commented on his blog.


Disorder in the Courts

Posted: October 3rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Humor | Tags: | Comments Off on Disorder in the Courts

These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

Considering some of the attorneys and justices I’ve had the, um, privilege of being in court with, I pretty certain I’ve met the authors of these quotes…

_____________________________________

ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?

WITNESS: No, I just lie there.

_____________________________________

ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?

WITNESS: July 18th.

ATTORNEY: What year?

WITNESS: Every year.

_____________________________________

ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?

WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?

WITNESS: I forget.

ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

_____________________________________

ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?

WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which.

ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?

WITNESS: Forty-five years.

_____________________________________

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?

WITNESS: He said, “Where am I, Cathy?”

ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?

WITNESS: My name is Susan.

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?

WITNESS: We both do.

ATTORNEY: Voodoo?

WITNESS: We do.

ATTORNEY: You do?

WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Now doctor isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?

WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

___________________________________

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?

WITNESS: Uh, he’s twenty-one.

________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?

WITNESS: Would you repeat the question?

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?

WITNESS: Uh….

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: How many were boys?

WITNESS: None.

ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?

WITNESS: By death.

ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?

WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.

ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?

_________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?

WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?

WITNESS: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK?

What school did you go to?

WITNESS: Oral.

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?

WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.

ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?

WITNESS: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy on him!

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?

WITNESS: Huh?

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?

WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

ATTORNEY: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?

WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.


George Weber, WABC News Anchor, Murdered at Home in Brooklyn

Posted: March 22nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | Comments Off on George Weber, WABC News Anchor, Murdered at Home in Brooklyn

WABC-AM radio reporter George Weber was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Sunday, the victim of an apparent homicide. George was 47.

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http://www.1010wins.com/Newsman-Stabbed-to-Death/4062871

http://georgeweber.net


FAIR USE and LEGAL POLICY of Copyright Material

Posted: December 3rd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on FAIR USE and LEGAL POLICY of Copyright Material

Producers Guild of America

“FAIR USE vs. FARE USE”

The Boundaries of Legitimacy or Theft

in Using Other Artist’s Work

a special joint Workshop from

PGA East Documentary and Non-Fiction Committee

and

New Media Council East

  

Monday, December 15, 2008

7pm – 9pm

Whether you are doing a documentary film, non-fiction television, or a social network viral video or webisode, if you are using other people’s copyrighted materials, this workshop is for you!

FAIR USE and LEGAL POLICY of Copyright Material:

A workshop panel for PGA members *ONLY*

on its use in Film, Television and New Media

from one of the foremost experts in the field, DR. PETER JASZI

CASE STUDIES, and current application in recent Film, TV and On-line Video:

The ability to easily create and share online video presents unprecedented opportunities for self-expression, but has at the same time generated significant confusion about what is permissable versus impermissable copying. How does one balance the rights of copyright holders and the rights of those who use content for new, valuable and expressive purposes.

And the convergence of media and technology in the 21st century has led to such an accelerated pace of change in the behaviors of consumers that both content producers and distributors have had to adapt quickly to what is considered ownership of copyrighted material. There have been some recent challenges to accepted copyright law and the interpretation of it in the courts.

As we look to the future of the Internet and Net neutrality to open source development and content syndication and the battle over digital copyright, the environment in which content producers find themselves today is more weighted with intellectual property questions and policy issues than ever before. If a property is cleared for distribution how does this effect rights clearances for the mass distribution of content whether on social networks, or viral video sites. Are end users ever liable, if they do a mash-up? All of this and more will be discussed.

Dr. Peter Jaszi having spent many years educating and speaking on “Fair Use” policies for Film and Television, has now turned his attention to Online video, as well.

The Producers Guild of America New Media Council East and the PGA East Documentary and Non-Fiction Committee presents a workshop on the future of media policy, and the current changes in Copyright Law that effect the use of video, music and material choices all producers need and have wanted to choose to get their stories across, but have been held back because of the costs of clearances and the hesitancy of what is Fair Use and what is not. The advances in new technology also have created different ways material is used and these areas will be examined as well as the traditional role this material is used in Film and Television. Case studies will be discussed and members may bring up specific ways they are using copyrighted material and the accepted rights and clearances necessary, or NOT necessary, regarding E&O insurance, rights clearances costs, lengths of material accepted for use, and the interpretation of the law accepted in today’s world, of the term “Fair Use”.

Dr. Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law and Director of Intellectual Property Law Clinic at American University

Professor of Law, and Director of Intellectual Property Law Clinic at American University, Peter Jaszi has literally written the book on copyright and Fair Use.

www.centerforsocialmedia.org

Moderators:

Mark Marabella, President, MARABELLA PRODUCTIONS, Co-Chair of the Documentary and Non-Fiction Committee

Mark is an Emmy® nominated executive producer and founder of Marabella Productions. He has more than 15 years experience developing, writing, producing, and directing documentaries and television series. The company has produced more than 20 hours of primetime factual programming for the Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The National Geographic Channel.

Mark is the PGA East Co-Chair of the Documentary Committee.

www.marabellaproductions.com

Paul Waterman, President, COSMIC SCREEN, LLC; board delegate, PGA New Media Council

Paul Waterman is the founder and chief executive officer of Cosmic Screen, LLC, a global production company that specializes in original entertainment programming for digital media platforms. The company’s initial production, ‘7 Sins,’ is the first original HD web production made for the syndication market.   Paul has produced a large body of live and studio music productions, ranging from his work with NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ to productions with Showtime and pay-per-view events with the Rolling Stones. He is regarded as one of the industry’s premier performance rights negotiators, and has expanded this expertise into new media production rights management.

www.cosmicscreen.com

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED.

LOCATION:

HBO – Conference Room

1100 Avenue of the Americas

(Between 42nd and 43rd)

New York City

Space is limited to 35 participants so a confirmed RSVP for this event is required.   Please email: rsvp@pga-ny.org to request a seat. All RSVPs are for one person only. All RSVPs must be re-confirmed to be considered valid.

Event produced by the The Producers Guild of America, New Media Council East and PGA East Documentary and Non-Fiction Committee

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is the premier industry association for entertainment producing professionals.

For more up-to-date information on the PGA New Media Council East, visit the blog at http://pganmc.blogspot.com

For more information about the PGA New Media Council and to access a membership application, please visit: http://www.pganewmedia.org

For more information about the PGA and to access a membership application, please visit: http://www.producersguild.org

Previous events from our 2005-2008 event series can be accessed in both webcast and podcast format at: http://www.scribemedia.org/pga

For more information about ScribeStudio Productions, please visit: www.scribemedia.org/about.


MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY-MAKING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Posted: October 30th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY-MAKING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Producers Guild of America – New Media Council East

Presents the

2008-2009 Panel and Salon Series

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 7pm – 9pm

MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY-MAKING IN THE 21ST CENTURY:

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, IT WILL BE OBSOLETE

The convergence of media and technology in the 21st century has led to such accelerated pace of change in the behaviors of consumers that both content producers and device manufacturers have had to adapt in nothing less than a paradigm-shift-per-day schedule. The men and women who help shape government policy for the U.S. media industry are facing enormous challenges in the development of regulations and frameworks for an industry whose audience has seemingly more control than ever before.

With a new administration entering the White House in January, 2009, and the looming February 17, 2009 digital t.v. switch-over upon us, the landscape for new media is exploding with opportunity – and potential policy headaches galore. From the future of the Internet and Net neutrality to open source development and content syndication and the battle over digital copyright, the environment in which content producers find themselves today is more weighted with intellectual property questions and policy issues than ever before.

The Producers Guild of America New Media Council East presents a snap-shot of the future of media policy, and the coming changes in Washington’s outlook on the role that new technology plays in media, with some of this country’s leading technology policy experts.

Eli M. Noam, Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia Business School

Eli Noam has been Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia Business School since 1976. In 1990, after having served for three years as Commissioner with the New York State Public Service Commission, he returned to Columbia. He is the Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. CITI is an independent university-based research center focusing on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and electronic mass media. In addition to leading CITI’s research activities, Noam initiated the MBA concentration in the Management of Entertainment, Communications, and Media at the Business School and the Virtual Institute of Information, an independent, web-based research facility. He has also taught at Columbia Law School and Princeton University’s Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School. Noam has published over 19 books and 400 articles in economic journals, law reviews, and interdisciplinary journals. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Justin Hughes, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Justin Hughes is a law professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He also serves as Director of the law school’s Intellectual Property Program. In 2003, he was the Hosier Distinguished Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property at DePaul College of Law in Chicago. From 1997 to 2001, Professor Hughes worked as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, focusing on the Administration’s initiatives in Internet-related intellectual property issues, Eleventh Amendment immunity issues, intellectual property law in developing economies, and copyright appellate filings for the United States (including the Napster litigation).

At the policy level, Professor Hughes is frequently credited with slowing down legislative proposals for “database protection” that circulated in Washington following the European Union’s 1996 Database Directive. On the other hand, the Congressional Record names him as one of the administration officials who helped craft the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. (DMCA)

Since 2006, he has been chairman of the board of the Thomson Foundation for Cinema and Film Heritage, the corporate foundation of Paris-based Thomson SA, the parent company of Technicolor.

Jonathan Askin, General Counsel, pulver.com Enterprises

Jonathan Askin is General Counsel to pulver.com Enterprises, which controls approximately 20 operating companies touching various aspects of IP-based communications. Mr. Askin oversees the legal, policy, and regulatory affairs for the pulver.com enterprises including Free World Dialup, LibreTel, pulver Innovations, pulver Radio, pulver Consulting, WHP Wireless, VON Magazine, and the VON Conferences. He is also an adjunct associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School.

He also is the Executive Director of the Global IP Alliance, the international consortium of IP-based communications providers. Before joining pulver.com, he was President and General Counsel to the Association for Local Telecommunications Services, the leading national trade association representing facilities-based competitive local exchange carriers.

Before that he was a senior attorney in the FCC s Common Carrier Bureau. Prior to the FCC, he was a Deputy Public Advocate with the New Jersey Public Advocate and Ratepayer Advocate, where he represented the public on telecommunications and cable issues. Mr. Askin also practiced law with the New York offices of Davis, Polk and Wardwell.

Ray Beckerman, Partner, Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP

Ray Beckerman is a partner at Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP, practicing complex commercial and copyright litigations. Additionally, he supervises litigations and other proceedings taking place in other geographical areas, advises businesses and not-for-profits, incorporates start-up entities, negotiates contracts, and assists in obtaining copyrights and trademarks.

Ray began his legal career with Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon, and then went on to serve as a litigation associate with Lowey Dannenberg & Knapp P. C. and Squadron Ellenoff Plesent & Lehrer, as the sole principal of Ray Beckerman P.C., and as a partner in Gallet Dreyer & Berkey and Beldock Levine & Hoffman, before finding a home at Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP.

In 2004 Ray became a ‘blogger’, first creating the blog “Ohio Election Fraud” relating to the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. In 2005 he created the blog “Recording Industry vs. The People,” (http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com) which collects information about the copyright infringement litigations prosecuted by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) against owners of internet access accounts that are linked to peer-to-peer file sharing.

Moderator: Chris Pfaff, President, Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC; board delegate, PGA New Media Council

A board delegate of the PGA New Media Council since 2006, and a PGA NMC member since 2004, Chris Pfaff leads a consultancy – Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC – that represents some of the leading service providers, audio/video technology firms, networking vendors, and media companies in the world, from PRIMEDIA and Eastman Kodak to Cantor Telecom. A veteran of the venture world, Chris helped launch more than 20 ventures from the Lucent New Ventures Group, including iBiquity Digital; Flarion; Lucent Digital Video, and GeoVideo Networks, among others. In addition, he has helped launch AT&T’s Internet strategy; the Viacom New Media division of Viacom, Inc.; Sony Electronics’ Digital Betacam format, and Sharp Electronics’ LCD product division.

Wine and light refreshments will be served during a networking mixer prior to the programming.

Wollman Hall

Eugene Lang Building

The New School

65 West 11th Street, 5th floor

(enter at 66 West 12th Street)

New York City

www.newschool.edu

Space is limited so a confirmed RSVP for this event is required.   Please email: rsvp@pga-ny.orgto request a seat. All RSVPs are for one person only. All RSVPs must be re-confirmed to be considered valid.

Event hosted by The Producers Guild of America, New Media Council, New York Chapter.

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is the premier industry association for entertainment producing professionals.

For more up-to-date information on the PGA New Media Council East, visit the blog at http://pganmc.blogspot.com

For more information about the PGA New Media Council and to access a membership application, please visit:http://www.pganewmedia.org

For more information about the PGA and to access a membership application, please visit:http://www.producersguild.org

Previous events from our 2005-2008 event series can be accessed in both webcast and podcast format at:http://www.scribemedia.org/pga

For more information about ScribeStudio Productions, please visit: http://www.scribestudio.com.