Entertainment Law Reporter
July 2006 Volume 28 Number 2

Entertainment Lawyer News:

Fred Bernstein joins Proskauer Rose in Los Angeles. Fred Bernstein has joined Proskauer Rose as a partner in the firmís Los Angeles office. He comes to Proskauer from Manatt Phelps & Phillips, where he was a partner and co-chair of the Entertainment, Advertising and Media Practice Group. Bernstein has held senior executive posts at a number of major studios, including serving as the president of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Companies. His legal work focuses on the creation, financing, distribution and exploitation of content, and the leveraging of brand equity throughout the entertainment, media and related fields for producers, distributors and some of Americaís most well-known companies including AOL, AT&T, American Express, Merv Griffin Entertainment, The Coca-Cola Company, DHL, and Wal-Mart. Prior to Columbia TriStar, he was Senior Vice President of MCA Motion Picture Group, where he managed the operations of Universal Pictures and its affiliates. Before joining MCA, he was President of Worldwide Production for Columbia Pictures and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. He began his career in the film industry after leaving Manatt Phelps as an associate, serving as Vice President of Business Affairs at Casablanca FilmWorks and later Time-Life Films. Bernstein is an adjunct professor at the School of Cinema-Television of the University of Southern California, where he teaches a graduate seminar on the workings of the motion picture business in the 21st Century. He attended the UCLA School of Law (J.D. 1976, Order of the Coif) and the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1973, cum laude).

Beverly Frank joins Proskauer Rose in Los Angeles. Beverly Frank has joined Proskauer Rose as Senior Counsel in the firmís Los Angeles office. She has represented companies and individuals in the entertainment and media industries in a range of matters including contract disputes, copyright infringement and the defense of unfair trade practice class actions. Frank comes to Proskauer from the Entertainment, Advertising and Media Practice Group of Manatt Phelps & Phillips. Prior to joining Manatt, she was an associate in the Litigation Department of Weil Gotshal & Manges and an associate in the Litigation, Employment and Labor practice of Vedder Price Kaufman and Kammholz. She also represented the Select Committee of Inquiry of the Connecticut House of Representatives in its investigation of former Governor John Rowland. In addition, she worked as a law clerk to Judge Jillyn K. Schulze of the United States District Court, District of Maryland, and a legal intern at the United States Department of Education. She is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law and Georgetown University.