Entertainment Law Reporter
September 2006 Volume 28 Number 4

Entertainment Lawyer News:

Steven Metalitz and Eric Schwartz join Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Washington, D.C. Intellectual property attorneys Steven J. Metalitz and Eric J. Schwartz have joined Mitchell Silberberg & Knuppís Washington, D.C. office as partners. Metalitz was formerly a name partner at Washington-based Smith & Metalitz LLP. He represents clients in the publishing, recording, motion picture, software, and e-commerce industries. Metalitz has worked with major coalitions of the copyright industry sector on key public policy issues, including the Creative Incentive Coalition, where he was involved in the drafting and enactment of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He formerly served as the Senior Vice President of the International Intellectual Property Alliance and is currently President of the Intellectual Property Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Metalitz has taught copyright law at the George Washington University Law School and has published extensively on copyright and Internet law topics. Schwartz also joins Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp from Smith & Metalitz. His practice includes traditional copyright and emerging electronic information and delivery issues, commercial transactions, domestic and international copyright law and policy matters, litigation strategy, and Copyright Office practices. Schwartz has served as Acting General Counsel for the United States Copyright Office and as Vice President and Special Counsel to the International Intellectual Property Alliance. He is also the founding Director and a Board member of the National Film Preservation Foundation, and serves as pro bono Counsel to the Library of Congressí National Film Preservation Board. Schwartz is an Adjunct Professor of Copyright Law at Georgetown University Law School.

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, 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).

Gary Gans joins Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles. Gary E. Gans has joined the entertainment litigation practice of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp as a partner and will be based in Los Angeles. His practice includes business, entertainment and intellectual property litigation, and he focuses on the representation of entertainment clients in litigation regarding motion picture financing, production and distribution, copyright and trade secrets, breach of contract and business torts. Gans has handled numerous trials and appeals in state and federal courts, and has extensive experience conducting arbitrations. He serves on the panel of arbitrators of the Independent Film and Television Alliance. Gans was most recently a partner at Richards, Watson & Gershon where he led the entertainment litigation practice. Gans has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and the University of Southern California Law School.

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.