Tips from the Pros: From Podcast to Screen - Mock Negotiation Panel

Special Event
Theater 6:30–8:30pm
  • Regular FREE


Podcasts are the new hot source material for TV shows. Podcasts including HomecomingLoreCrimetown, and Serial have been acquired for adaptation into scripted or unscripted TV shows and there are more deals being made every day. Producers love the idea of acquiring a fully developed concept and – in some cases – an already established brand and audience.

What do you do if a buyer approaches you about making your podcast a TV show? What rights should you grant, and which should you seek to retain? How can you get paid? And how can you stay involved?

This mock negotiation will feature attorneys who are making these deals on a daily basis. You’ll receive expert insight and see what it’s really like to negotiate a podcast to screen deal.

Join Simon Pulman, Ben Jaffe and Lindsay Bowen from Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard for this illuminating event.

  • 6:30-7:30 PM: Mock Negotiation and Panel, with Q&A (Theater)
  • 7:30-8:30 PM: Complimentary Mixer (Lounge)


Lindsay Bowen, Partner: Lindsay W. Bowen’s practice focuses on the intersection and tension between creativity and technology.  He represents individuals and companies, from household names to the up-and-coming, across a wide range of creative industries, including advertising, app development, fashion, film, hospitality, music, podcasting, television, and theatre.

Prior to joining Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, Lindsay was an attorney in the Content, Media & Entertainment practice of Jenner & Block.  There, he represented music, film, television, and theatre clients in copyright ownership and enforcement litigation, royalty disputes, and in the negotiation of a variety of traditional and digital media transactions.  Notable matters included his representation of Roc-A-Fella Records and its leading artist in a copyright dispute concerning several of the most important albums in hip-hop, major record labels in a $750 million litigation against the unlicensed streaming service Grooveshark, a film director and studio in a trademark dispute, a theater company for its production of a play cycle recognized in The Guardian’s “Top Ten New York Theatre of 2015,” and an owner of the Sugar Hill Records catalog.  He also filed a successful brief in the Appellate Division of New York State court arguing that the DMCA did not apply to pre-1972 sound recordings.

Lindsay began his legal career at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he represented clients in music, film, television, fashion, and aerospace industries. Before joining Cravath, he served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Charles P. Sifton, U.S.D.J., in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Before attending law school, Mr. Bowen co-founded The 24 Hour Company, where he continues to produce The 24 Hour Plays and The 24 Hour Musicals on Broadway and around the world, with notable artists such as Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Aniston, Anthony Mackie, Billy Crudup, David Cross, Scarlett Johanson, Benedict Cummerbatch, Chris Rock, Peter Dinklage, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Liev Schrieber, Andre Royo, Jemma Redgrave, Michael K. Williams, Wallace Shawn, Tina Howe, Mac Rogers, Warren Leight, Theresa Rebeck, Kia Cothron, and David Mamet.  He was also the Managing Director of The Play Company.  Lindsay currently serves on the boards of The 24 Hour Company; INTAR Theatre, one of the country’s oldest Latino theatre companies; and on the emerging leaders council of BRIC, which produces the popular concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn.

Simon Pulman, Partner: Simon N. Pulman is a partner in CDAS’s entertainment group and a transactional attorney primarily counseling clients in entertainment and media law matters, focusing on television, film, and interactive entertainment transactions, including representing digital influencers and esports teams.  Simon also acts as outside business affairs for a number of high level television studios and production companies, negotiating all forms of development, production, financing and licensing deals.

Simon has significant experience in structuring and negotiating digital distribution agreements and other cutting-edge transactions at the convergence of traditional media and emerging technology platforms, with a special interest in digital video, streaming platforms and SVOD. He has worked on a wide range of high profile and award-winning television and motion picture productions, both scripted and unscripted, including many projects intended for exploitation via High Budget SVOD and AVOD platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube Red and Facebook. Variety included Simon in its 2017 Legal Impact Report “Up Next” list and since 2015, he has been recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a New York Metro “Rising Star” in the field of entertainment and sports. He frequently writes about entertainment and digital content related matters, and has been published in multiple industry publications. Industry events where Simon has participated as a speaker include Digital Hollywood NY and LA, Media Summit, DOC NYC, Made in NY Media Center, Social Media Club, Biz-eSports Summit. In March, Simon will lead a mentor session at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.

Benjamin Jaffe, Associate: Benjamin Jaffe is a senior transactional associate in the firm’s corporate and entertainment practice groups, where he represents clients primarily in the digital media, emerging technology, music, advertising, and film industries.  Ben brings a practical and business-minded approach towards handling his clients’ legal issues, and is often recognized for his ability to identify and skillfully negotiate corporate opportunities and strategic partnerships that advance long-term brand/market strategy and facilitate company growth and profitability.

In entertainment, Ben’s practice is primarily focused in music, film, podcasting, and emerging digital content markets, where he represents financiers, networks, content owners, and producers. Ben has been active in the music industry for most of his life (whether working for labels and publishers, or representing content licensees) and has prepared and negotiated a multitude of transactions, including sound recording and musical composition licensing agreements, sync licensing agreements, public performance rights agreements, merchandise licensing deals, and strategic joint ventures. With respect to film and podcasting, Ben regularly prepares and negotiates complex tax credit financing and slate financing transactions, content licensing and acquisition deals, content distribution agreements, writer/producer/director services agreements, and joint venture production partnerships. Additionally, Ben represents clients in the event production and e-sports gaming industries, where he handles a variety of matters, including vendor and event deals, e-sport team ownership transactions, e-sport player/coach acquisition agreements, and various digital sponsorship and influencer service matters. Because many of Ben’s clients offer products and services that enable people to ingest content in new and unique ways, Ben often finds himself negotiating cutting-edge deals for which there is no existing market or relevant precedent.

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