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Sunday, January 27, 2008

'Hollywood vs the Future' with top Hollywood Entertainment Lawyer Peter Dekom (1/30/08)


My guest is Peter Dekom, legendary deal maker and entertainment lawyer in Hollywood, who for more than 20 years has guided production companies and film czars behind the scenes. He is co-author of “Not on My Watch: Hollywood vs. the Future” which gives a perspective for what has become a daily news story - how digital technologies are shaking up the entertainment establishment with profound and far-reaching consequences.

Peter Dekom’s clients have included such Hollywood notables as George Lucas, Keenen Ivory Wayans, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Andy Davis, Robert Towne and Larry Gordon among many others, as well as corporate clients such as Sears, Roebuck and Co., Pacific Telesis and Japan Victor Corporation (JVC). He has been listed in Forbes among the top 100 lawyers in the United States and in Premiere Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in Hollywood.

Mr. Dekom has been a management consultant and entrepreneur in the fields of entertainment, Internet, and telecommunications. As a consultant to the state of New Mexico, he is and was instrumental in creating, writing and implementing legislation to encourage film and television production in the state. Mr. Dekom has provided off-balance sheet, insurance-backed financing for major motion picture studios.

Mr. Dekom served on the board of directors of Imagine Films Entertainment while the company remained publicly traded and was a board member of Will Vinton Studios and Cinebase Software, among others, leaving upon change of ownership. He has also served as a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Academy Foundation, Board of Directors, Co-Chairman (now Emeritus) of the American Cinematheque, and on the Advisory Board of the Shanghai International Film Festival.

He currently is "of counsel" with the entertainment department of Weissman Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall LLP in Beverly Hills.