Full Professional Profile 

 
practice areas
Entertainment
Copyright and literary property
Business
 
education
Columbia Law School, J.D.; Yale University, B.A.
 
bar admissions
New York; California
 
professional overview
Ezra Doner specializes in the production, finance and distribution of motion pictures and other entertainment programs and products, as well as copyright and literary property.  He also practices in the Internet and new media areas and as a general business lawyer.
 
Ezra has more than 20 years’ experience representing producers, distributors, financiers and exhibitors of filmed entertainment; rights holders; film makers, writers and other artists; and companies and entrepreneurs in the Internet, new media, music, advertising, consulting, and information industries.
 
Ezra’s client work includes complex rights transactions, library transactions including motion picture remakes, co-production and distribution arrangements, purchase of entertainment assets in bankruptcies, high level talent and film maker agreements, and innovative film finance including bank representation in work-outs.
 
Ezra has rendered business affairs and legal services in connection with the following film franchises and films (among others):
 
franchises:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
First Blood / Rambo James Bond
Halloween Lord Of The Rings
 
individual films:
Around the World in 80 Days (2004) Mannequin
City Of Your Final Destination The Piano
The Constant Gardener Pulp Fiction
The Crying Game Sahara
The English Patient Shakespeare In Love
The Fabulous Baker Boys Total Recall
Fahrenheit 911 Weekend At Bernie’s
The Hurt Locker The Wicker Man (2006)
Kids The White Countess
 
memberships
ABA (American Bar Association) – Forum on Sports & Entertainment Law ABA – Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Sports & Entertainment
ABCNY (Association of the Bar of the City of New York) – Entertainment Law Committee
IFTA (Independent Film and Television Alliance) – Arbitration Panel
AMEC (Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel) – Member of Law Firm Advisory Board
BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts)
 
events and speaking engagements
The Copyright Society of the USA, April 2010, Presentation on Managing Risk in Production, Finance and Distribution of Motion Pictures. The Future of Development Film in Africa II October 15, 2008  Keynote speaker at this conference in Lagos, Nigeria
 
Soft Money –  Mr. Doner was the organizer and moderator at this annual event at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  The series, which he co-founded in 2005 and which ran through 2009 was sponsored by the Association of Film Commissioners International. Each program includes a session on developments in governmental film and TV incentives plus a second panel on another subject of current interest. See http://events.lls.edu/softmoney/09/index.html

The Future of Development Film in Africa 2, October 15, 2008

Keynote speaker at this conference in Lagos, Nigeria.

See http://www.cfcnigeria.org/default.asp?p=FutureofDevtFilmInAfricaCon
 

Middle East International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi, October, 2007.  Ezra participated in the Festival’s Film Finance Circle as a guest of the Abu Dhabi Film Commission
Cineposium 2007 / Santa Fe August 28, 2007 / Association of Film Commissioners International Moderated a panel on the economic benefit of production finance incentive
 
Entertainment and Sports Conference / New York State Society of CPAs May 3, 2007 Presentation on independent film finance.
  
What’s It Really Worth: Valuation of Entertainment and Digital Media Assets March, 2007 Organized and moderated this breakfast program for the law firm Herrick.
 
Forum On Entertainment Finance: Legal and Business Strategies for Optimizing Media Transactions October, 2006 / American Conference Institute Panelist on “Structuring Deals in Multinational Markets.”
 
publications
“How Not to Get Whacked by Creatives,” Multichannel News, February 4, 2008 (about The Sopranos litigation), http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6528283.html  
press mentions 
Ezra Doner has been quoted in The New York Times, Variety, Portfolio.com, Christian Science Monitor, E-Commerce Times and NJ Business Journal among other publications.

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