Carrie N. Kostiner is Of Counsel to Counsel LLP. Ms. Kostiner’s intellectual property and transactional experience includes advising and assisting companies and nonprofit organizations with corporate formation, employment law issues, distribution and marketing transactions, and licensing transactions. Ms. Kostiner has also evaluated and negotiated complex settlements of copyright and trademark infringement matters.
Prior to joining Counsel LLP, Ms. Kostiner was an Associate Attorney at Donahue, Gallagher & Woods LLP. She earned her law degree cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2005. During law school, she was a member of the Race and Poverty Law Journal. She also taught legal writing and research and worked for various nonprofit legal organizations. Ms. Kostiner received the award for Best Brief in Moot Court for excellence in written argument and the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for her coursework in Negotiations and Settlement, Legal Writing and Analysis, and Roles and Ethics. Ms. Kostiner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Ecology with High Honors from the University of California at Berkeley. During college, Ms. Kostiner was a member of the gymnastics team and received All-American recognition. Ms. Kostiner is a member of the State Bar of California. She is a certified personal trainer and yoga teacher and is conversant in Spanish.
Shoshana Zisk is Of Counsel to Counsel LLP. She is an entertainment lawyer admitted to the Bar in California, New York and Florida. Her experience includes Interim Chief Operating Officer for In Ticketing, Business & Legal Affairs for George Clinton & Parliament / Funkadelic, and General Manager of Clinton’s independent record label The C Kunspyruzy. Her previous positions include Business & Legal Affairs at BMG U.S. Latin, the Copyright Department at Motown, and A&R Administration for Island Records. Shoshana is currently the CEO of Kiddie Village, which creates award-winning children’s videos and music. She earned her bachelor degree in Music (classical piano) and Juris Doctorate (cum Laude) from the University of Miami. Her performance experience includes Musical Director of “Rent” in San Francisco & Hollywood. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Producer of two popular conferences, The SF MusicTech Summit (www.sfmusictech.com) and the Future of Money & Technology Summit (www.futureofmoney.com).
Jan D’Alessandro is a seasoned digital media industry executive who has held leadership positions at AOL, Yahoo, Topspin Media (acquired by Apple), The Find (acquired by Facebook), Meez and Place (founded by Lady Gaga). She ran West coast business affairs for AOL from 1995 to 2002 where her responsibilities included developing AOL's music strategy, including the acquisitions of Spinner and Nullsoft, leading many content, commerce and technology deals, and launching the philanthropy portal, networkforgood. As Vice President Business Development and General Counsel at several Bay Area venture-backed companies and as Head of Business Development for Yahoo Sports, Entertainment and Lifestyles, Jan has sourced, negotiated and closed hundreds of strategic partnerships across the media, entertainment and technology sectors. Jan is also a Venture Partner at Savano Capital Partners, providing interim liquidity to founders, employees and former employees at high growth private companies. She began her career as a law associate at White & Case in New York and then Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in San Francisco and Palo Alto. Jan received her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and her A.B. in English and American Literature from Brown University.
Mr. Auerbach is a senior business executive with extensive and unique expertise in Intellectual Property law and licensing, business development, marketing, and content acquisition for new technologies, on a global level.
Mr. Auerbach has had success in structuring many groundbreaking deals with a diverse range of rights holders, including NFL, NBA, NHL, HBO, MTV, Live Nation, Marvel Entertainment, International Olympic Committee, English Premier League, Screen Actors Guild, every Hollywood studio, ESPN, Sesame Workshop, Getty Images, among numerous others. He has deep familiarity with each aspect of the media business, having sat on all sides of the deal-making table, on behalf of engineering, mobile, cable, satellite, Internet, hardware, software, distribution and production companies.
Mr. Auerbach most recently ran all business development for Hewlett Packard Enterprises in the media and entertainment sector. Previously, he was engaged as Executive Vice President at Epic Rights, handling merchandising and branding for top tier artists like KISS, John Lennon, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Woodstock, among others. He was also Managing Director of Rock Paper Photo, the pre-eminent online gallery of rock and roll photography, founded by Guy Oseary (manager of Madonna and U2). Previously Mr. Auerbach oversaw Strategic Account Management with Hewlett-Packard, in which capacity he licensed an impressive portfolio of world class on-demand printing rights. He also was the prime architect for Hewlett-Packard in structuring the entertainment industry’s first DVD manufacture-on-demand agreement with major Hollywood studios.
As the Senior Legal Counsel at Qualcomm he licensed the industry’s first syndicated television licenses for mobile devices. He holds a patent with Qualcomm relating to mobile phone media technology. He has held the positions of General Counsel for Philips Media (a division of Royal Philips Electronics, Netherlands) and Head Counsel, Business Affairs for Astro/MEASAT (Malaysia), the premier direct broadcast satellite operator in South East Asia. As the lead attorney of Business Affairs for Programming at Starz/Encore he structured the pay television industry’s largest Hollywood studio output deal, and the first to include SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand) rights.
Mr. Auerbach started his entertainment media career at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, where he handled business affairs for the industry’s leading home video company, including Disney’s first copy protection deal and Disney’s first Pay Per Transaction deal. He has published dozens of entertainment articles worldwide (including his Law Review article “Biotechnology Patent Law in Britain and the United States”), and he has presented his views at numerous industry conferences across the globe.
Mr. Auerbach helped form the Digital Entertainment Group, the industry-wide consortium that was the primary catalyst for the launch and spectacular success of the DVD format. He was a Founding Board Member of the Electronic Software Association, which established the E3 video game conference and serves the business interests of companies that publish video and computer games. He was the Founding Executive Director of the DVD-Audio Council, and has consulted to a select group of cutting edge clients. His past engagements include Warner Music Group, Playboy, Adobe’s mobile group, Panasonic Avionics and the Getty Museum.
He teaches an entertainment and technology seminar to seniors of the School of Global Policy and Strategy at University of California at San Diego.