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Brooklyn Boardroom: The Bootcamp to Build Your Business. As an attorney, professor and producer with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, J. Christopher created the Brooklyn Boardroom to share his ongoing dialogue with Hollywood insiders (studio/network execs, writers/producers, agents/lawyers and CEO's) about the hidden creative and business methods that produce the magic on-screen.

The Brooklyn Boardroom with J. Christophe‪r‬ J. Christopher Hamilton, Esq.

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Brooklyn Boardroom: The Bootcamp to Build Your Business. As an attorney, professor and producer with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, J. Christopher created the Brooklyn Boardroom to share his ongoing dialogue with Hollywood insiders (studio/network execs, writers/producers, agents/lawyers and CEO's) about the hidden creative and business methods that produce the magic on-screen.

    Private Equity Expert on Strategic Investments in the Entertainment Industry

    Private Equity Expert on Strategic Investments in the Entertainment Industry

    Corporate Finance and Private Equity Expert, Corey Martin, Esq., provides a primer on capital markets, investment strategies, and corporate transactions in the media, tech and entertainment industries. He sheds insight on how to make strategic investment decisions in a fluid business environment.
    Corey Martin is Managing Partner of Granderson Des Rochers LLP (“GDR”), an entertainment and media focused law firm with offices in Beverly Hills, California, and New York, New York. Mr. Martin is also Chairman of the GDR Corporate Department, where he oversees all corporate transactional matters involving the firm’s clients. Mr. Martin's clients consist of companies and talent representing music, film & television, digital media, sports and technology. Mr. Martin’s practice areas of expertise include Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, and Corporate Finance. In addition to corporate transactional legal services, the GDR Corporate Department also provides strategic consulting and advisory services. In connection with its consulting and advisory services, the GDR Corporate Department supports entertainers, athletes, and celebrities seeking to achieve their entrepreneurial ambitions by structuring the formation of their companies and aligning them with venture capital, family office, and private equity investors.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/corey-martin-a5402525/
    TIMECODED DISCUSSION THEMES:
    15:43 Mergers & Acquisitions Explained - What does "M&A" stand for?
    17:11 Private & Public Equity Investments - The difference between the two
    21:01 Raising Capital - Corporate finance involves raising capital (equity and debt)
    24:35 Initial Steps Before Fundraising - Perform due diligence on you and the business
    32:05 Joint Ventures - Agreement vs. entity approach
    38:03 The Importance of Relationships - What sort of strategic value will you be able to extract from one investor vs another?
    44:52 Crowdfunding for Capital - Pros & Cons
    46:17 Strategic Investments = Growth - It takes a village and an accelerant to go the next level
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    UTA Agent on What it Takes to be in the Representation Business

    UTA Agent on What it Takes to be in the Representation Business

    United Talent Agency agent, Dean Fluker, gives his perspective on the professional expectations of being a talent agent, the current television/film content market, and the challenge of packaging literary projects with talent in a Covid-19 environment.
    Dean Fluker is a Talent Agent at the leading global talent and entertainment company, United Talent Agency (UTA). He represents a large cross-section of artists. He began his career in entertainment as a concert talent buyer for the Student Commission on Programming Entertainment at the University of Iowa. He was also a trainee at ICM Partners and an agent at Jeff Berg’s Resolution before joining UTA. Prior to entertainment, Fluker started his professional career in politics as a Field Organizer and Youth Vote Director on the 2008 presidential campaign for then-Senator Barack Obama. In 2009, he joined the Obama Administration as a political appointee, where he served for 3 years, working on President Obama’s healthcare bill and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative against childhood obesity.
    TIMECODED DISCUSSION THEMES
    6:39 Developing Client Opportunities in TV - Actively casting projects & looking at material
    9:24 The Talent Agency Structure - Talent & literary departments create the foundation
    11:21 Talent Agent: Visionary & Entrepreneur - You have to have a short term POV and a long term POV
    16:23 Remember: Respect. Empower. Include. - Don't do anything you wouldn't want to see on the cover of Time magazine
    25:17 Core Principal: Passion - Passion about what you do and who you represent
    34:03 The Economics of Covid-19 - Talent's value will not change
    43:44 Staying Relentless, Humble & Hungry - Sometimes you need to slow down and "read the room"
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    • 46 min
    "Empire" Writer on Building a Career in TV & Film

    "Empire" Writer on Building a Career in TV & Film

    “Empire,” “Star” and “Brooklyn’s Finest” writer Michael C. Martin, provides insight on how to successfully navigate Hollywood and build a career as a writer/producer in TV and film.
    Michael C. Martin is a screenwriter/TV writer/director from Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn College alumnus has worked in the industry for 15 years with various credits in feature films as well as broadcast and cable TV. Michael has worked alongside preeminent showrunners like Shawn Ryan and Lee Daniels, and trailblazing filmmakers like Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone. Currently, Michael is developing TV projects for pay cable and is working on a feature film hoping to shoot next year.
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2130654/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
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    https://twitter.com/BKLYNBOARDROOM
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Yahoo Partnerships Exec on How to Best Monetize Your Digital Platform

    Yahoo Partnerships Exec on How to Best Monetize Your Digital Platform

    Yahoo Partnerships Executive, Nikki Thompson, brings her expertise on digital platforms to the Brooklyn Boardroom. She walks us through the different kinds of monetization strategies that are available for digital platforms, and recommends that the key to success is finding a great engineer.
    Nikki Thompson is the Director of Multicultural Content at Verizon Media. Her responsibilities include spearheading strategies to grow audiences, acquiring and retaining diverse audiences, and outputting more multicultural content.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikki-thompson-williams-aba42429/
    TIMECODED DISCUSSION THEMES:
    3:14 Data Collection & Conversions - Selling data makes you a big game player
    5:35 Advertising Revenue Streams on Digital Platforms - Traditional display & Pre-roll
    8:55 Finding the Perfect Balance Between Practicality & Monetization - Users will not dig for content
    10:44 Which Monetization Strategy is Best for Your Platform? - Display, Pre-roll, Search
    13:15 The Anatomy of Search Engine Advertising - Once a sponsored ad is clicked, monetization occurs
    16:03 Creating Organic Audiences Through Native Advertising - Native ads have the lowest barrier to entry
    19:41 How to Get Started in Native Advertising - Facebook vs. third-party site
    21:58 Finding a Great Engineer - Take a chance on people who build apps
    25:22 How Much Traffic is the Right Amount of Traffic? - At least a million monthly visitors will attract advertisers
    28:13 Key Differentiators Between the Major Search Engine Players - Yahoo vs. Google vs. Bing vs. AOL
    32:28 How to Advertise Your Company on a Major Search Engine - Small subsyndication companies
    35:06 Programmatic Ad Networks - Liason between advertisers and publishers
    39:14 Print Advertising - Luxury brands love print
    41:48 Verticals - What is it and why do I want it?
    42:58 When the Audience is Most Engaged - Seasonality, hotspots, and reputations in future partnerships
    45:29 'Impressions' are Key Within the Event Space - Luxury vs. traditional partners
    48:55 Buying & Selling Domains - The domain game
     

    • 51 min
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    Recruiter's Tips on How to Land (& Keep) Your Dream Gig

    Recruiter's Tips on How to Land (& Keep) Your Dream Gig

    Netflix Talent Acquisition Executive, Erica Sewell, walks us through everything she's learned from her 20+ years in the business. Her advice on how to land (& keep) your dream gig comes at an ideal time as many struggle to find, and maintain, steady work in the COVID-19 era.
    Erica Sewell is a creative talent leader with a diverse work history in the realms of entertainment, technology, higher education, foundation, arts, music, digital media, fashion, and retail. She has professional experience in Talent, Global Recruitment, Development, Creative Partnerships, Employer Branding, Inclusion & Diversity, and Program Management. Erica currently works in Talent Acquisition at Netflix.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericasewell1/
    TIMECODED DISCUSSION THEMES
    1:32 Background - How Erica found her place in Content Creative Talent Acquisition at Netflix
    5:28 Work Culture – How the work environments in fashion, agencies, and Netflix compare
    9:45 Voicing an Opinion - How much to say and when to say it
    10:32 Unexpected Career Paths – How a job can be different than you might've expected 
    12:20 On Diversity & Inclusion – Inclusivity in the entertainment industry
    15:25 Socioeconomics - Comparing the number of African Americans on screen vs. in the boardroom
    16:25 On Privilege - The financial burden of attempting to be a successful black executive
    19:13 Recruiting Skills – The importance of being well versed in the key areas
    23:50 On Recruiting – The type of personality recruiters look for when hiring 
    26:00 The Right One –  Common traits to look for when you found the right person for the job
    31:00 The Work Competition - Pitfalls people fall into when working next to powerful and smart colleagues
    33:11 On Mentoring - The importance of finding a mentor or a friend in the industry
    34:48 On Geography – Industry relationships in NY vs. in LA
    37:29 On Politics - How to survive a politically charged environment 
    38:58 Toxic Situations - How to properly deal with toxic situations
    43:00 COVID-19 – Ways to adapt to the pandemic and build important relationships online
    49:12 Workshop - Tips when reentering the workforce and resume workshops

    • 51 min
    Clash of the Titans Masterclass Trailer - Understand the Content Streaming Ecosystem

    Clash of the Titans Masterclass Trailer - Understand the Content Streaming Ecosystem

    WATCH THE FULL SERIES ON YOUTUBE:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhNstQZwmyw9s9RNr6Z2h5gmm_eL1gh9f
    THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE MEDIA POWERHOUSES IS FULLY UNDERWAY AS THEY CLASH WITH THE TECH TITANS STREAMING SERVICES LIKE APPLE TV, NETFLIX AND AMAZON PRIME.
    LEARN WHY THE ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT ECOSYSTEM IS FRAGMENTING AND WHERE TO LEVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES BY LISTENING TO A PRESENTATION I GAVE ON THE TOPIC EARLIER THIS YEAR.

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