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The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel’s 12th Annual Counsel of the Year Awards Update:

 We regret to announce that we are postponing the AMEC Counsel of the Year Awards until February 2018.  We always strive to stage high profile events that rival other award ceremonies.  Unfortunately, two of our key sponsors just notified us that they will be unable to financially support us as they have in the past.  This makes it impossible for us to organize an event that we can be proud of.  We have been assured that our sponsors will be able to return next year as part of their annual budgets.  We will be refunding all ticket purchasers immediately.  Our sincere apologies for the late notice and we look forward to seeing you next year. 

 

 11TH ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

Counsel of the Year Award

  • Clarissa Weirick General Counsel, NBC Universal Filmed Entertainment Group

Rising Star Award

  • Nate Hargress Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affair, Viacom Media Networks

PWC/ Daniel Brandhost Dealmaker Award

  • Navine Karim Head of Legal, Redbull Media House

Digital & New Media Counsel Award

  • Suchir Batra Director, Buisness & Legal Affairs, Fillscreen, Inc.

Labor and Employment Award

  • Kathy Christovich Senior Director of Legal Affairs, Writers Guild of Ameria

Law Firm of the Year Award

  • Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro

10TH ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

Counsel of the Year Award

  • Stephen Kay General Counsel, Roku, Inc.

Rising Star Award

  • Anat Hovav Legal & Business Affairs, United Artists Media Group

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker Award

  • Gil Goldschein President, Bunim-Murray

Sports Counsel

  • Jeffrey Gewirtz Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center

Live, Location Based and Hospitality

  • Aamna Jalal Vice President, Legal Affairs, Thinkwell Group

Video & Online Games

  • Jennifer Stump Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Labor & Employment

  • Beth Millman National Director, Television Contracts, SAG-AFTRA

Technology & New Media Entertainment Counsel

  • Sonya Bhatia Patel Head of Legal & Business Affairs, M-GO, a Technicolor and Dreamworks Animation Joint Venture

Public Service

  • Rajiv Dalal Deputy Film Czar, City of Los Angeles

Alternative & Non Traditional Entertainment Counsel

  • Robert Rader General Counsel, Ovation TV

Law Firm of the Year

  • Munger Tolles & Olson 

 

9TH ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS 

Counsel of the Year Award

    • Rebecca Prentice  Executive Vice President and General Counsel,
 Paramount Pictures

Rising Star Award

    • Bayan Laird Head of Business & Legal Affairs, Morgan Creek Production

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker Award

    • Matthew Zinn
 Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, TiVo

Sports Counsel

    • Lisa K. Levine
 General Counsel, U.S. Soccer Federation, Inc.

Live, Location Based and Hospitality

    • John C. Wilson
 Vice President and Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property, Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Video & Online Games

    • Adam Sullivan  Head of Legal, Square Enix, Inc.

Labor & Employment

    • Marc Sandman
 Senior Vice President, ABC, Inc.

Technology and New Media Entertainment Counsel

    • Relani Belous Counsel and Vice-President, Senior Counsel, IP and Digital Media, FriendFinder Network Inc.

Public Service

    • Jay Dougherty
Professor of Law and Director
 Entertainment and Media Law Institute & Concentration Program,
Loyola Law School

Law Firm of the Year

    • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Founders’ Award

    • Patrick Sweeney Founder, Managing Partner, IE Law Group

 

8th ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

Counsel of the Year:

    • C. Douglas Kranwinkle Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Univision Communications Inc.

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Deal Maker of the Year

    • Matthew Zinn – Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Privacy Officer, TiVo

Rising Star

    • Julia Harris  Director, Legal Affairs, Paramount Pictures

Sports Counsel:

    • Peter Steckelman  Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Tennis Channel

Technology, Interactive and Digital Media Counsel

    • Lisa Harrington  Vice President & Associate General Counsel, NBCUniversal – Digital Division

Labor Counsel

    • Thomas R. Carpenter Eastern Regional Director/ Assistant Executive Director, General Counsel, Actors’ Equity Association

Labor Counsel

    • Duncan Crabtree-Ireland  Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, SAG-AFTRA

Public Service Counsel

    • Jane Mago Executive Vice President and General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters

Hon. H. Warren Knight JAMS Peacemaker Award

    • Kimberly Sheffield Deck Founder, On Deck Mediation

Law Firm of the Year

    • Edwards Wildman

Founders’ Award

    • JAMS – The Resolution Experts

 

7th ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS 

Counsel of the Year Award

    • Alan Saxe General Counsel, Oprah Winfrey Network 

Rising Star Award

    • Drew Wheeler General Counsel, All-American Heavyweights

 PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker Award

    • Kristin McQueen Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

 Sports Counsel

    • Karen Brodkin
 Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Fox

 Live, Location Based and Hospitality

    • Matthew Swaya Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Starbucks Coffee Company

 Technology and New Media Entertainment Counsel

    • Brian Ward Senior Vice President, Worldwide Studios

 Public Service

    • Arthur Levine Professor, California State University, Long Beach

 Labor and Employment Counsel

    • Mark Ansorge Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Compliance Officer, Warner Music Group

Excellence in Arts Law

    • Lesley Rosenthal Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Law Firm of the Year

    • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

 


6TH ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

Counsel of the Year Award

    • Joaquin Balcarcel 
General Counsel
Grupo Televisa

Rising Star Award

    • Joanna Mamey 
Business Representative
Theatrical & Interactive Game Contracts
Screen Actors Guild

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker Award

    • Claudia Teran
 Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs 
Fox Cable Networks

Sports Counsel

    • Bobby Sharma
 General Counsel
, NBA Development League

Live, Location Based and Hospitality

    • Danielle J. Bernthal 
Assistant General Counsel, 
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Labor & Employment

    • Keith Gorham
 Senior Vice President
Labor Relations, 
NBC Universal

Technology and New Media Entertainment Counsel

    • Clarissa Weirick 
Senior Vice President, 
Business Development and General Counsel
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

Public Service

    • Steven Krone 
Professor of Law and Director, 
Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute
Southwestern Law School

International Counsel

    • Gabriella Dore 
Head of Legal Affairs for Europe
Fox International Channels

Law Firm of the Year

    • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Founders’ Award

    • Honorable H. Warren Knight (Ret.)
Founder of JAMS

Peacemaker Award

    • Honorable Daniel Weinstein (Ret.)
JAMS

 

5TH ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Counsel of the Year Award

    • Michael Fricklas
 Executive Vice President
General Counsel & Secretary
, Viacom

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker Award

    • David Steinberg 
Executive Vice President, Legal
 Affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

Rising Star Award

    • Matthew G. Matzkin 
Director of Business Affairs
, Warner Bros Television

Sports Counsel

    • Sam Fernandez 
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
, Los Angeles Dodgers

Technology and New Media Entertainment Counsel

    • Dean Marks 
Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property, Corporate, Business Development
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Labor and Personal Representation Counsel

    • David White 
National Executive Director, 
Screen Actors Guild

Live, Hospitality and Location-Based Entertainment Counsel

    • Pam Reynolds 
Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
, MGM Properties

Public Service Counsel

    • Robert Rasmussen 
Dean and Director of Entertainment Certificate Program
, University of Southern California Law School

Video & Online Games Counsel

    • George Rose
 Chief Legal Officer, 
Activision Blizzard

Excellence in Branded Entertainment Award

    • David B. Stern 
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs
Key Brand Entertainment, Inc. (dba Broadway Across America)

International Entertainment Counsel

    • Aamod Gupte 
Legal Director and General Manager, 
Times Group of India

Entertainment Law Firm of the Year

    • Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

 

4TH ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Counsel of the Year Award

  • David C. Friedman, 
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Summit Entertainment

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker Award

  • Frank H. Smith
 Senior Vice President Business & Legal Affairs, AFG/Walden Media

Rising Star Award

  • Caroline Jasmine Vranca, Executive, Business & Legal Affairs, Yari Film Group, LLC

Sports Counsel Award

    • Ethan Orlinsky Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Major League Baseball Properties

Technology and New Media Entertainment Counsel Award

    • Elizabeth Mathews, Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, MTV Networks

Labor and Personal Representation Counsel Award

    • Robert D. Manfred, Jr.,  Executive Vice President, Major League Baseball

Hospitality and Location-Based Entertainment Counsel Award

    • Scott McLester, 
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

Public Service Counsel Award

Presented to Counsel Employed by a Government, public, quasi-public, public-private partnership or non-profit organization related to the media and entertainment industry.

    • Nancy B. Rapoport, 
Gordon & Silver, Ltd. Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Excellence in Branded Entertainment Award

    • David Matlin, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Home & Garden Television (HGTV)

Outstanding Media and Entertainment Law Firm Award

    • Loeb & Loeb LLP

 


3RD ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Counsel of the Year Award

    • Vernon Chu 
General Counsel, BBC WorldWide Americas Inc.

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker Award

    • Julie Jacobs 
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, AOL

Rising Star Award

    • Andy Wong
 Assistant General Counsel, CBS Television

Sports Counsel Award

    • Lisa Stancati
 Assistant General Counsel, ESPN

Technology and New Media Entertainment Counsel Award

    • Antonious Porch
 Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Nickelodeon/MTV Networks Digital Media

Labor and Personal Representation Counsel Award

    • Laura Legge
 Vice President and Counsel, Labor Relations, ABC, Inc.

Hospitality and Location-Based Entertainment Counsel Award

    • Randy Winograd
 President and General Counsel, SBE Entertainment Group

Public Service Counsel Award

    • Steve Yamaguchi 
University Counsel, University of Southern California

Video and Online Games Counsel Award

    • Debra Baker 
Senior Vice President, Operations, Warner Bros. Interactive

Excellence in Branded Entertainment Award

    • Lynette Fuller-Andrews
 Assistant General Counsel
    • Claire Edgar
Director, Champion Brand Marketing, Hanes Brand

Outstanding Media and Entertainment Law Firm Award

    • Greenberg Traurig

 Founder’s Award

    • Blair Westlake, VP of the media and entertainment group at Microsoft

2ND ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARDS

 

Counsel of the Year Award

    • Bob Gerrard
 Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Deal Maker of the Year Award

    • Rick B. Levy 
Chief Business Development Officer & General Counsel, Office of the Chairman, International Creative Management

Rising Star Award

    • Kevin Garrett Monroe 
Senior Counsel, Walt Disney Pictures

Sports Counsel Award

    • Brooke Beyer Jr.
 Marketing Counsel, NASCAR INC.
    • Daniel M. Siegel
 Vice President and Legal Counsel, CMG Worldwide INC.

Technology and New Media Entertainment Counsel Award

    • Eric Golden 
President and Counsel, Imagility, INC.
    • Victoria Libin
 Senior Director, Legal Affairs, Atom Entertainment INC.

Labor and Personal Representation Counsel Award

    • Jean Bonini 
Executive Vice President, Labor Relations, Sony Pictures Television
    • Patric Verrone 
President, Writers Guild of America West

Hospitality and Location-Based Entertainment Counsel Award

    • Michael Silver
 Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Universal Parks and Reports, NBC Universal

Public Service Counsel Award

    • Nancy B. Rapoport
 Gordon & Silver, Ltd. Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 Founders Award

    • Steven M. Glick
 Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Americas


1ST ANNUAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Counsel of the Year Award

    • Leah Weil 
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Deal Maker of the Year Award

    • David Baker 
Arena Football League, Former Commissioner

Rising Star Award

    • Travis Tygart 
Senior Managing Director and General Counsel, USADA

 

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