Learning More About Liberate Art and Its Mission

    As someone who was born and raised in Israel and now involved with the motion picture and television industry, I have come across Lana Melman and her efforts to combat the cultural boycott campaign against Israel and the negative social media attacks on artists who are involved with projects or [...]

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      Choosing Your Profit Participation Auditor

      Unlike compliance services, such as tax preparation or financial statement audits that represent more of a commodity service offering, profit participation audits represent a forensic consulting engagement. In most cases this requires extensive, specialized experience and can only be performed [...]

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        Blockchain Investing in Media and Entertainment

        Our latest Media Clips Blog Podcast gives an overview of blockchain and cryptocurrency investing in the Entertainment and Media industry. Click here to hear from Green Hasson Janks partner Ilan Haimoff and Josh Lawler of Zuber Lawler and Del Duca LLP on key areas of opportunities and [...]

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          Knowing the Risks: Vendor Contract Compliance

          With an ever-growing practice of outsourcing functions across the entertainment industry and an overall increase in reliance on third-party contractors to perform what in-house employees had traditionally done in the past, a key question comes to mind: What should entertainment companies do to [...]

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            An Inside Look At Today’s Movie Business

            Click here to listen to Green Hasson Janks Partner Ilan Haimoff and USC Associate Professor of Cinema Practice Jason E. Squire discuss globalization, independent distribution and other key trends impacting the film industry. They will also discuss key findings from the Fourth Edition of The Movie [...]

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              Keeping an Eye on New Media Reporting?

              The presence of new media is now more pervasive than ever.  There are literally hundreds of companies that offer “Video-On-Demand” (VOD), “Electronic Sell-Through” (EST) and internet/ad supported streaming (ADSS) services, such as: Apple, In Demand, Amazon, Verizon, ATT, Microsoft, Comcast, [...]

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                Crash Course in Vertical Integration and Fin-Syn

                By Ilan Haimoff (Partner, Green Hasson Janks) and David Simon (Media Executive, Simon Bros) One of the advantages for a media conglomerate is its ability to leverage synergy between different businesses in their portfolio, resulting in efficiencies, which yield value to the shareholders and [...]

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                  Keeping the Risk of Fraud to a Minimum

                  The recent Hollywood Reporter column “Sorry, I Stole from my Clients,” by a former partner of a business management firm convicted of embezzling over $7 million from his clients, should serve as a wake-up call to entertainment industry professionals on the mounting risk of fraud. I reflect back to [...]

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                    Home Entertainment Spending Increased in 2016

                    The Digital Entertainment Group’s 2016 Home Entertainment Report compiles the results of an annual member survey of DEG members, tracking sources and retail input. The results showed that consumer home entertainment spending rose slightly in 2016, powered by a double-digit rise in key digital [...]

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                      Crash Course in License Fee Allocations

                      Co-Authors Ilan Haimoff and David Simon Background: Motion picture distributors or studios often license motion pictures and television products to domestic and international television exhibitors in batches or packages. These packages contain anywhere from two titles to hundreds of titles.  They [...]

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                        Choosing Your Profit Participation Auditor

                        Unlike compliance services, such as tax preparation or financial statement audits that represent more of a commodity service offering, profit participation audits represent a forensic consulting engagement. In most cases this requires extensive, specialized experience and can only be performed [...]

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                          Post Participation Review Best Practices

                          Our film and television profit participation forensic reviews have a life of their own beyond the issuance of our report. Therefore, and based on popular demand, we wanted to share further information on what typically occurs beyond that point. Let’s imagine we have completed our review, and you [...]

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                            Entertainment: Driven by Constant Innovation

                            Ten years ago, no one would have thought we’d be looking at an industry where streaming video is poised to become the dominant distribution channel for television and video; multi-channel networks drive a huge percentage of content creation, people use their cell phones to consume enormous amounts [...]

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                              Crash Course in Profit Participation Tolling

                              Profit participation agreements generally include incontestability language, which only allows the profit participant to audit statements issued up to two or possibly three years prior to the date of the audit notification. On one hand, the rationale for this restriction may come from the challenge [...]

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                                Profit Participation Nostalgia…

                                I recently came across a great paper written by Mark Weinstein in January 1998 in the University of Chicago Journal of Legal Studies, entitled “Profit-Sharing Contracts in Hollywood: Evolution and Analysis.” If you are in the profit participation business, this is a must read! What caught my eye [...]

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                                  Past. Present. Media.

                                  “A technology-driven evolution is reshaping the landscape of the television industry.” 2014 Recap: Key Trends in Television, Entertainment and Media Last year, we distributed our white paper, which gave an overview of the television industry’s radical transformation. The survey highlighted emerging [...]

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