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Entertainment Attorney Carol T. Contes will present the essential “must do” list of things that are required for the international distribution of motion pictures and television shows around the world, taking filmmakers through the process of “rights acquisitions” from pre-production to production and delivery. Bill Vergos, Head of Digital Film Distribution for Freestyle Digital Media will advise and discuss the process of preparing your material for North American distribution.

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Carol ContesCarol T. Contes is a transactional entertainment lawyer who represents clients in her own practice (www.conteslawcorp.com) and heads the entertainment department of the Guzman Law Group in Manhattan Beach where she represents celebrity estates in the continuing exploitation of highly-valued intellectual property in film and the Broadway stage, including the estate of RENT and TICK, TICK… BOOM! by playwright Jonathan Larson (www.guzmanlg.com). Carol works with the studios producing animated motion pictures and an independent distributor of family entertainment as well as the independent producers of live-action motion pictures. She recently worked with Odyssey Entertainment which produced A SPARTAN’S DREAM in Greece, directed by Greek-American Mike Nickles; and is legal counsel for two independent features to be filmed in the coming months in Italy. Carol recently was a Co-Producer of THE BOY OF SILENCE, an independent feature film produced in Europe (UK/Italy/Belgium) by Caroline Goodall, assisting with the business affairs and legal work of financing and distribution.

Carol started her career “in-house,” working in business affairs at International Creative Management (ICM) and later worked in the corporate world for companies including the ABC Television Network, Paramount Television and a Silicon Valley game publisher. Carol has been an adjunct professor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco’s film school; has guest lectured at USC’s Film School and is now an adjunct professor at Southwestern University’s Law School where she advises students with respect to their work for the entertainment law clinic.

Carol graduated from the University of Arizona (Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate) and is licensed both in California and Arizona.


Bill Vergos

Bill Vergos has over 25 years of entertainment distribution and production experience. As Head of Digital Film Distribution at Freestyle Digital Media, a division of Allen Media Group, he is responsible for supervising the relationships with the company’s platform providers and filmmakers, in addition to overseeing the marketing and publicity strategy for each film. His role within the company is not only essential, but a position for which Freestyle relies on to grow and progress forward. Vergos started his career shortly after graduating from Emerson College in Boston, working as a production and producer’s assistant on feature films shooting in his hometown of Chicago and Los Angeles. Vergos has been a part of 30+ films and TV shows, including Catch Me If You Can with Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, The Shaggy Dog with Tim Allen, and Rocky Balboa with Sylvester Stallone.


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