Category Archives: Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment Practice Area

Two SAM Attorneys Featured Panelists at Digital Hollywood Spring 2018

Two Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partners Greg Akselrud and Dan Rozansky are both featured as speakers at Digital Hollywood Spring this month.

Greg Akselrud will be speaking on “ICOs, Financing, Packaging & Investment: From Entertainment & Indie Project to Technology & Startups” at Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304 on Thursday, May 24th.

Dan Rozansky will be speaking on “Hollywood and Cybercrime: from Privacy to Piracy, Theft and the Dark Net” at Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 305 on Thursday, May 24th.

The event will be from May 22-24th, 2018 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. For the complete three day agenda visit here.

 

Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing.Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).

For more information about the Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com.

 

Daniel Rozansky is a Partner of the Firm in the Business Litigation Practice. Dan concentrates his practice on entertainment, privacy, First Amendment and complex business and real estate disputes. In addition to his diverse litigation experience, Dan also counsels a broad array of clients on developing the best strategies to avoid disputes. For entertainment clients, he regularly reviews television pilots, screenplays and other material in development to assist those clients in identifying and avoiding potential liabilities. Dan’s areas of focus are entertainment finance, anti-SLAPP motions, unfair competition, trade secrets, intellectual property, surreptitious tape recording, reality television, profit participation, rights of privacy and publicity, real estate, partnership disputes and First Amendment issues. He represents clients both at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court on a wide array of issues.

For more information about the Business Litigation practice, contact Dan Rozansky at drozansky@stubbsalderton.com 

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SAM Partner Greg Akselrud Featured in CREATV Media’s Digital Media Update

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Greg Akselrud contributed a chapter to Peter Csathy’s new book Media 2.0(18) on Investments and Mergers & Acquisitions. The chapter entitled “Tech & Digital Media Investment and M&A- Issues to Be Considered on Both Sides”  was featured on CREATV Media’s Digital Media Update.

To read the full article visit here. 

Greg AkselrudGreg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment Practice Group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing. Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).

To learn more about our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice or  Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment Practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com

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Built In LA’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2018 Presented by SAM

Built in LAIn 2017, Southern California tech raised nearly $7 billion, launching startups across industries and attracting top talent and funding support from local investors. As Los Angeles and Orange Counties have become the established homes to some of the most innovative startups in the world, the expectations for 2018 are high.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles is the title sponsor for 2018 for Built in LA’s annual “Top 50 Startups to Watch” list.  To check out the full list from Built in LA, visit here.

For more information on Stubbs Alderton & Markile’s practices that can assist your company along its evolutionary path – from startup, to growth to liquidity – contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com.

 

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SAM Represents Lead Investor The Venture Reality Fund in Torch 3D’s Series Seed financing

Venture Reality Fund Stubbs Alderton & Markiles represented lead investor The VR Fund in Torch 3D’s investment round. Torch 3D has raised $3.5M to build out an augmented and virtual reality prototyping platform meant to help designers to develop and design in 3D with no prior knowledge of game or software development.

Additional investors include Seven Peaks Ventures, GVR Fund, Presence Capital, Antipodean Ventures, Jerome Capital, and TWB Investment Partnership.

The VR Fund brings expert guidance and resources to promising and early stage VR, AR and MR startups. The VR Fund seeks innovative companies across a wide variety of sectors – from infrastructure and development tools to content and applications. They are eager to help entrepreneurs bring industry-defining technology to market faster, and to positively impact their growth path by providing the capital, insights and strategic relationships needed at this critical time.

To read the full article click here.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP attorneys representing The Venture Reality Fund in the transaction were Greg Akselrud and Nick Feldman.

Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment Practice Group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries.

 

Nick C. Feldman is an associate of the Firm. Nick’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, private equity transactions and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market and emerging growth companies. In addition, Nick counsels companies in connection with entity formation, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws and compliance, joint ventures, employee incentive plans, executive employment agreements and other executive compensation matters.

To learn more about our Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment Practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Client HouseCanary Announces $31M Series B Financing

HouseCanarySAM client HouseCanary, the leading data analytics and valuation platform for real estate professionals, announced it has closed a $31 million series B funding round, bringing the company’s total funding to $64 million to date.  Investors in the round include PSP Growth, the venture and growth equity arm of PSP Capital, a private investment firm founded by entrepreneur and former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, as well as Alpha Edison and other existing investors.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP attorneys representing HouseCanary in the transaction were Greg Akselrud and Adam Bagley.

To read the full press release on the financing, click here.

About HouseCanary

Founded in 2014, HouseCanary’s mission is to help people make better real estate decisions. Built on a foundation of great data, powerful models and predictive analytics, the HouseCanary platform aggregates millions of data elements, including more than four decades of property data and a rapidly expanding arsenal of proprietary data calculations and analytics, to accurately define and forecast values and market influences. HouseCanary’s Series A investors include Hillspire (Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s family office), Alpha Edison, ECA Ventures, Raven Ventures and other top investors including Egon Durban and Nikesh Arora. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.housecanary.com.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. Stubbs Alderton’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm. For more information, visit www.stubbsalderton.com

 

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Expands Leading Mergers & Acquisitions Practice With the Addition of New Partner Marc Kenny

​​​​​Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Southern California’s leading business law firm, has announced that Marc Kenny has joined the firm as a partner in its Mergers & Acquisitions practice group.

“We are very fortunate to have a lawyer of Marc’s caliber joining us. The breadth of experience that Marc brings to us in private equity and M&A transactions garnered from his years of experience working here in Los Angeles, in Silicon Valley and in London, strengthen our already diverse and robust capabilities in the Firm’s M&A Practice group. His experience in digital media, technology and entertainment are a natural fit in the Stubbs Alderton platform, and with someone like Marc joining our existing team, we couldn’t be more excited about our future,” said Scott Alderton, Managing Partner of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP.

Mr. Kenny advises clients in a broad range of domestic and cross-border private equity, M&A, venture capital, and corporate finance transactions with a particular emphasis on the digital media, communications, technology, entertainment, health care, and energy industries. Prior to joining Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, Mr. Kenny was a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Los Angeles office.

Marc Kenny stated, “The Firm has built a remarkably talented and entrepreneurial bench in Southern California over the past 15 years with an industry focus and innovative mission that perfectly aligns with my ongoing commitment to clients – to effectively and efficiently provide thoughtful, pragmatic, and expert advice to clients participating in a variety of middle market transactions. I’m thrilled to join the Stubbs Alderton team and look forward to being part of the Firm’s bright future.”

To read Marc Kenny’s full bio, click here.

About the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles M&A Practice

The Firm’s Mergers & Acquisition Group advises clients in connection with a full range of mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, both public and private, domestic and international. The Firm’s clients include a wide variety of middle market companies, as well as entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses, financial advisors, special committees, strategic buyers, investment groups and private equity firms. The Firm has handled transactions ranging in size from a few hundred thousand dollars to over a billion dollars.

The Firm has executed transactions across a wide range of industries including digital communication and media, Internet, software, SaaS and other technology-based companies, as well as traditional aerospace, apparel, financial, life sciences, direct marketing, entertainment, transportation, consumer product and luxury brand companies, among many others.

For more information about the Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Stubbs Alderton, click here.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of venture-backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology and internet companies, entertainment, video games and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The Firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, video games, apparel, consumer and medical device sectors. The Firm’s mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of the Firm. For more information, please visit www.stubbsalderton.com.

Contact:

Heidi Hubbeling
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
(310) 746-9803
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

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SAM Client HouseCanary Featured in Forbes Magazine

HouseCanaryCongratulations to Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ client HouseCanary for being featured in Forbes magazine as the leaders of the real estate data revolution. Jeremy Sicklick, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based HouseCanary saw a great opportunity to use technology and data science to modernize the real estate industry. He partnered with economist and statistician Chris Stroud – then a 27-year-old doctorate student – and the two formed HouseCanary in 2014. Their goal was to aggregate and analyze vast amounts of real estate data to help investors, lenders and real estate professionals make decisions in real-time. To date HouseCanary has raised $33 million in Series A financing from investors like Hillspire, Eric Schmidt’s family office, Alpha Edison, Raven Ventures and ECA Ventures.

To read the full article on Forbes click here.

About HouseCanary
Founded in 2014, HouseCanary’s mission is to help people make better real estate decisions. Built on a foundation of great data, powerful models and predictive analytics, the HouseCanary platform aggregates millions of data elements, including more than four decades of property data and a rapidly expanding arsenal of proprietary data calculations and analytics, to accurately define and forecast values and market influences. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. www.housecanary.com

For more information about our Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com.

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SAM Partner Greg Akselrud Featured as Speaker at Digital Hollywood Event

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Greg Akselrud featured as a speaker at Digital Hollywood Spring “Financing, Packaging, & Investment: From Entertainment & Indie Project to Technology & Startups.” The event will be May 23-25, 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Other panelists include:

  • Steven Masur, Senior Partner, MG+
  • Diane McGrath, Managing Director Media and Technology, Streicher, J Streicher Capital
  • Jennifer Post, Partner, Raines Feldman LLP
  • Nick Davidov, Co-Founder, Gagarin Capital
  • Jason Scoggins, President & COO of Slated, Inc.
  • Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc., Moderator

 

Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing.Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).Greg received his B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

For more information about the Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice at SAM, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com or (818) 444-4503.

 

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SAM Client Alert: It’s Time to (Re-)Register Your DMCA Agent

Regardless of whether your company has previously designated an agent to receive notification of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”)—a United States copyright law which, among other things, provides certain safe harbors for internet service providers who may host infringing material—it’s time to do it (again).

Effective as of December 1, 2016, the United States Copyright Office (the “Office”) issued its final rule (codified as 201 CFR Part 201) regarding designation of DMCA agents via the Office’s new electronic system. Under the new rule, any service provider that previously designated a DMCA Agent must resubmit through the electronic system by December 31, 2017, or it will lose safe harbor protection notwithstanding any prior registration.

If you need to register, or re-register, here’s what you should do:

  • Create an Account. In order to designate a DMCA agent using the new system, you must create an account. You may also engage a third party, including your legal counsel, to complete the registration on your behalf.
  • Register Your Company. Once an account has been created, you or your designated representative can log in and register your company and its current agent within the system. The fee for online registration is $6 per designation, which is a substantial savings compared to the paper-based system’s fees of $140 or more.
  • Designate Your Agent. You may determine your agent in one of a number of ways, as it can be (1) an individual, (2) a title or position at your company, (3) a specific department within your company, or (4) a third party. You must then provide the name, address, phone number, and email address of the agent. If you do elect to register an individual agent, be sure to promptly amend the registration if that person departs your company or the relevant role within your company.
  • Verify Your Information. Verify that the information on your website matches the information you are submitting to the Office, and that both are correct. Failing to maintain accurate information and failing to ensure that the two match each create a risk of losing safe harbor protection under the final rule.
  • Re-Register Every Three Years. The Office’s electronic system will send automated reminders to review and renew your designation, and for that reason you should be sure to register with regularly monitored contact information to ensure you receive the reminders. You will also need to re-register upon any change in your agent, even if prior to the required renewal time; doing so will reset the clock on your renewal period.

If you haven’t registered a DMCA Agent, you should do it now—and if you have, you should renew. Failing to follow the new online DMCA agent designation procedures by the end of 2017 may result in the loss important legal protections.

For more information on this and other Safe Harbor topics, contact Nick Feldman at nfeldman@stubbsalderton.com or (818) 444-4500. Nick’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, private equity transactions and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market and emerging growth companies. In addition, Nick counsels companies in connection with entity formation, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws and compliance, joint ventures, employee incentive plans, executive employment agreements and other executive compensation matters.

 

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles and CREATV Media Featured in L.A Biz Article Regarding Preccelerator Expansion

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles and CREATV Media were featured in a L.A. Biz Article outlining the two firms’ strategic alignment to grow the Preccelerator Program and seek out potential investments in promising startup companies in the digital media and technology space.

To view the full article, click here.

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9803.

 

 

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