Arnold Peter

Arnold Peter
Peter, Rubin & Simon, LLP
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 880W
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 432-0500 (Direct)
(310) 432-0599 (Fax)

 

Arnold Peter has a combination of specialized legal and business experience with national law firms, the public sector and international companies. He divides his practice between employment matters and complex entertainment and other commercial transactions and litigation. He currently represents a variety of clients for litigation and transactional matters, including clients in television and cable, new media, location-based entertainment, hospitality, real estate and franchising.

 

Mr. Peter began his career in the entertainment industry as Director of Labor Relations for Universal Studios. He negotiated more than 40 labor agreements with ten unions representing more than 15,000 employees. Mr. Peter became an expert in employment contract negotiations with complicated equity compensation components. He was promoted to Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Universal Studios and led a 12-attorney team that negotiated agreements for the expansion of Universal Citywalk. Prior to Universal Studios, Mr. Peter was Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fresno, where he handled labor and employment issues and was elected Chair of the California State Bar Labor and Employment Section. He also was a partner and chair of the Entertainment and Media Practice at the international law firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP. Through an American Bar Association project, Mr. Peter served as a consultant to the Republics of Belarus and Bulgaria on revisions of Labor and Employment codes.

 

As an adjunct professor at California State University, Fresno, Mr. Peter taught graduate-level courses in personnel management and labor relations. He was appointed to chair two academic inquiry teams for Fresno State University in charge of academic fraud against a professor seeking a National Science Foundation grant and violations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Code of Conduct by the football team.

 

Mr. Peter has published numerous articles in law reviews and journals and industry publications. He is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on legal and business issues.

 

Education
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 1984
California State University, Fresno, M.S. in Criminology, 1999
California State University, Long Beach, B.S. in Criminal Justice, 1981

 

Bar Admissions
California, 1985
United States District Court (All Districts in California)
U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit), 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit), 1988

 

Professional and Community Organizations
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
American Bar Association
House of Blues Foundation, Advisory Board
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, General Counsel and Board Member
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
National Association of Television Program Executives
National Cable and Television Association
National Sports Marketing Association
Los Angeles 2012 Olympic Bid Committee
Southern California Committee for the Olympics
State Bar of California, Former Chair, Labor and Employment Section and Committee on Federal Courts
U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Advisory Board

Barbara M. Rubin

Barbara M. Rubin
Peter, Rubin & Simon, LLP
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 880W
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 432-0501 (Direct)
(310) 432-0599 (Fax)

 

Barbara M. Rubin, managing partner of PR&S, is a veteran entertainment attorney who has put her extensive in-house studio business and legal affairs experience at the service of writer/producers, actors, directors and small production companies in both film and television.

The former Head of Business and Legal Affairs for Spelling Television (reporting directly to Aaron Spelling), A&E Television Networks (West Coast) and Rysher Entertainment, Ms. Rubin came up through the business and legal affairs departments of CBS Television and Theatrical Films as well as Disney Television.

 

Twice elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and twice appointed to its Executive Committee, Ms. Rubin is an active member of the entertainment community. She was recently elected to the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Professional Advisory Committee and served on the Emmy License Fee Negotiation Committee and the Primetime Emmy Awards Committee. Ms. Rubin teaches "Negotiating the Writer's Deal" at UCLA and is a guest lecturer or panel moderator at USC, UCLA, ATAS, Association of Talent Agents, CSUN, Woman In Film, California Bar Association, NAPTE and Writers Guild of America.

 

Ms. Rubin is a long standing member of the Planning Committee for the USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business and she is the author of two cover articles for Los Angeles Lawyer: "The Secrets of the Business Affairs Executive" and "Negotiating with Media Giants." Emmy Magazine called Ms. Rubin "a top industry negotiator." Ms. Rubin is married to Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Pierre Sauvage. They have two grown children.

 

Education
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 1978
California State University, Northridge, M.A. in Economic Education and Secondary Teaching Credential
California State University, Northridge, B.A. in History

 

Bar Admissions
California, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit), 1978

 

Professional and Community Organizations

M/E Insights Newsletter, Co-Editor-In-Chief
USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, Planning Committee, 2003-present
Chambon Foundation, Board of Director and Officer, 1985-present
ATAS, Co-Chair, Next Act Committee, 2003- present
ATAS, Executive Committee, 2002-2004
ATAS, Board of Governors, 1997-2001
Hon. Wm. P. Hogoboom, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Clerk, 1977-1978

Jody Simon

Jody Simon
Peter, Rubin & Simon, LLP
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 880W
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 432-0502 (Direct)
(310) 432-0599 (Fax)

 

With more than twenty years of private practice and in-house experience, Jody Simon has worked on virtually every kind of deal in the entertainment industry in such areas as feature films, television, publishing, music and live stage. Jody Simon represents television networks, production companies and executive producers in all aspects of development, production, distribution and the negotiation and drafting of agreements and counseling in copyright, trademark and clearance issues. He works extensively on licensing, branding and merchandising deals for clients including marquee performers, video game publishers, auto manufacturers, and universities. Mr. Simon works in both live-action and animated programming and has unique strength in reality television and in Canadian and other international co-productions.

 

Mr. Simon began his entertainment career in New York, in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency. He worked in the theatrical and publishing departments of the agency before leaving to attend Columbia Law School, where he graduated among the top five in his class. Mr. Simon has worked at some of the leading entertainment boutiques in New York and Los Angeles and developed in-house experience as Director of Business Affairs at NBC Entertainment.

 

Mr. Simon is a former member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Entertainment Industry Advisory Council. He served for ten years as Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also has served on the executive committee of that organization and as Bylaws Chair.

 

Mr. Simon is called upon as an industry insider to speak at seminars such as the Banff Television Festival. He has moderated panels on behalf of the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel and at the NAPTE convention.

 

Education
Columbia Law School, New York, NY, J.D., 1982
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, B.A. in Liberal Arts, 1975
Editor, Columbia Law Review
Notes Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts
Beck Property Prize
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1980, 1982
James Kent Scholar, 1981

 

Bar Admissions
California, 1991
New York, 1982

 

Professional and Community Organizations
M/E Insights Newsletter, Co-Editor-In-Chief
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Governor
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Chair, Runaway Production Committee
Governor Schwarzenegger Entertainment Industry Advisory Council, Member
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Member, Executive Committee, 2002
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Chair, Bylaws Committee, 2001-2003

Rick Smith

Rick Smith
Peter, Rubin & Simon, LLP
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 880W
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 432-0510 (Direct)
(310) 432-0599 (Fax)

 

Rick Smith specializes in commercial litigation and labor and employment disputes within the entertainment industry. Mr. Smith's practice includes litigation, arbitration, administrative resolution, and pre-litigation workouts of matters such as copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and disputes regarding content licensing, online advertising, motion picture financing, production, distribution, profit participation, and royalties.


In addition, Mr. Smith provides risk-management advice to entertainment, publishing, and new media clients, including copyright fair use analysis and DMCA safe harbor analysis; state and federal wage-and-hour compliance; alternative workweek scheduling; and copyright, trademark, and domain name protection. Mr. Smith also drafts and negotiates agreements for online content licensing, music publishing and sound recording rights, executive employment and severance, talent employment, talent management, and television and film production.


Mr. Smith began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman, United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to joining Peter Rubin & Simon LLP, Mr. Smith was an associate at Reed Smith LLP, where in addition to handling commercial litigation, Mr. Smith drafted and negotiated long-form recording agreements, music publishing agreements, motion picture production and talent agreements, and film music licensing agreements. In addition, Mr. Smith has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1991.


 

Education
Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School, Juris Doctor, 2004.
University of Colorado, Boulder, Bachelor of Science, 1989.

 

Bar Admissions
California, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2005

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2008

Kyle Stewart

Kyle K. Stewart
Peter, Rubin & Simon, LLP
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 880W
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 432-0511 (Direct)
(310) 432-0599 (Fax)

 

Kyle Stewart is a veteran production counsel for television, film and new media projects and assists in the business development for entertainment production companies while also performing trademark services.

 

Prior to joining PR&S, Ms. Stewart served as Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs of USA Cable Entertainment, where she assisted in the formulation of division and departmental policies and procedure, and handled the business and legal affairs for all scripted pilots and series produced for initial exhibition on USA Network and the SciFi Channel. She also negotiated and drafted series staff, talent, development, acquisition and distribution agreements, and researched and reconciled union violations.

 

Previously, Ms. Stewart served as a business and legal affairs paralegal attorney for Rysher Entertainment. She began her career at Spelling Television, Inc. where she was a business and legal affairs coordinator.

 

Education
Whittier Law School, Whittier, CA, J.D., 1998
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, B.A. in Political Science, 1993

 

Bar Admissions
California, 1998

 

Professional and Community Organizations
League of Young Voters, Co-Founder
League of Young Voters Education Fund, Co-Founder
League of Young Voters Political Action Committee, Co-Founder

Amy Bersch

Amy Bersch
Peter, Rubin & Simon, LLP
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 880W
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 432-0504 (Direct)
(310) 432-0599 (Fax)

 

Amy Bersch counsels clients on general corporate and transactional matters and the negotiation and drafting of various business agreements including those related to television.

Ms. Bersch has considerable in-house, hands-on corporate experience in leading technology and entertainment companies. Prior to PR&S, Ms. Bersch held the positions of general counsel for Boingo Wireless, Inc., counsel for Sammy Studios, Inc. and Associate General Counsel at eCompanies, LLC. In these roles, Ms. Bersch was responsible for all legal matters affecting those companies, including structuring and negotiating business development, sales and licensing transactions, overseeing and negotiating equity financings, developing intellectual property strategies, managing corporate governance issues and compliance, advising on employment matters and counseling senior management and the board of directors on various strategic matters.

 

Prior to working in-house, Bersch began her career in the corporate/real estate department of the international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. 


Education
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 1995 (cum laude)
Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A. in Art History, 1991
Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
Order of Coif

 

Bar Admissions
California, 1995

Jessica Kantor

Jessica Kantor
Peter, Rubin & Simon, LLP
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 880W
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 432-0507 (Direct)
(310) 432-0599 (Fax)

 

Jessica Kantor counsels clients in complex copyright, art law, labor and employment and intellectual property issues. She negotiates product placement deals, television and film production agreements.

 

Prior to beginning her legal career at PR&S, Ms. Kantor worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Christie’s Auction House in Beverly Hills, the Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Ms. Kantor speaks French, Italian, Farsi and Hebrew fluently.

 

While at Loyola Law School, Ms. Kantor founded the Art Law Society and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judith C. Chirlin of the Los Angeles Superior Court.


Education
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 2009
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. in Art History/History, 2005, Phi Beta Kappa (summa cum laude).

 

Bar Admissions
California, 2009

 

Professional and Community Organizations
The Association of Media and Entertainment, Executive Director
Beverly Hills Bar Association
LEV Foundation, Executive Board Member

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