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Community Involvement

New York State Bar Association (Entertainment, Arts & Sports Section)
New York City Bar Association (Board of the Entertainment Law Committee)

Education

Hofstra Law School, J.D.
University of Connecticut, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Alpha Theta

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David H. Chidekel

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David Chidekel, a partner in M&R’s New York office, is an acclaimed media and entertainment lawyer. An array of clients in the music, film, television, fashion, book publishing, sports, electronic media and gaming, and interactive entertainment industries seek his advice and counsel with respect to commercial, corporate and intellectual property transactions.

David brings to his practice both a legal and strategic business background. He has acted as an advisor and consultant to various start-up digital media and technology companies, analyzed business and investment opportunities in that space, and helped found a quantitative equity fund targeted toward building a diversified portfolio of film investments.

Most recently, David frequently provides advice to “transmedia” content creators, distributors and technology innovators seeking to utilize cutting edge digital media platforms to reach global audiences, develop new sources of income generation, and insure transparent and immediate payment and accounting.  One of the things that distinguishes David is his ability to help bridge the economic, cultural, and communication gap between technology entrepreneurs and content distributors, creators, and their representatives.

More broadly, David works on a breadth of transactions. By way of example, he structures, negotiates, and drafts recording and music publishing/administration agreements, personal management agreements, talent agency agreements, producer and production company agreements, record label distribution and funding agreements, joint venture agreements, license agreements (including master use and synchronization licenses for film, television, and advertising), merchandising agreements, endorsement agreements, branded entertainment agreements, asset purchase agreements, employment agreements, film and television scoring agreements, film and television talent, production, distribution and financing agreements, ecommerce agreements, book publishing agreements, and software licensing and purchase agreements.

In addition, David advises domestic and international clients with respect to licensing music and other audio visual content for exploitation via the Internet and mobile devices and networks, as well as acquiring and selling film and television libraries. He is also highly sought after for guidance in connection with analyzing prospective business ventures in these areas.

By virtue of his vast expertise and reach within the media and entertainment industries, David has been featured and quoted in numerous publications – the New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, ABC.News.com, and Hits Magazine to name a few. He has also served as a moderator and a panelist at the New Music Seminar, the South by Southwest Music Conference, the Philadelphia Music Conference, and NEMO. There is more. David has participated on digital music panels for Billboard Magazine, Digital Music Forum East, and the New York State Bar Association, and continues to lend his wealth of entertainment and media knowledge to academia too. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Hofstra University School of Law, and featured guest lecturer at Pace University and Benjamin N. Cardozo Schools of Law.

Education

David earned a J.D. from Hofstra Law School. Prior to that, he graduated, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Alpha Theta from the University of Connecticut (B.A.).

Representative Matters

Digital Media:  Represented various news, comedy and cooking brands owned by a major media and Internet company with respect to general corporate, licensing, and IP transactions.

Digital Media:  Negotiated digital distribution and licensing agreements between a well-known digital media music company negotiate and various hostile major label record companies and music publishers.

Digital Media:  Actively assisted the senior management of a pioneering P2P Internet technology company with developing a “transmedia” digital media business.

Music:  Represented various independent record labels in rock and hip hop with respect to, multi-million dollar distribution and funding agreements with major record distributors. Helped pioneer the arrangements whereby a distributor would fund an independent labels’ operations in exchange for a right to “upstream” (or purchase rights to) one or more of the artists signed to the independent label.

Music:  Negotiated a multi-million dollar joint venture agreement between a record company and a major label distributor, and served as General Counsel for same.

Music:  Represented a super star recording artist with respect to obtaining and negotiating a Talent Agreement with a Television Network for his appearance as a “coach” on one of the most popular and successful reality music television shows.

Film:  Founded and acted as General Counsel for a ground breaking quantitative hybrid-equity fund that treated films as portfolio assets. Negotiated a number of “slate” financing agreements in connection therewith.

Television:  Drafted and negotiated various EP/Showrunner and director agreements for a client developing and financing a number of television shows.

Television:  Negotiated a client’s investment in a new television show that utilized independent film-style international co-production arrangements.

Television:  Represented a television production company with respect to purchasing all rights to a popular television series from several bankruptcy proceedings, and negotiating production agreement with respect to same.

Television:  Obtained and negotiated an administration agreement with a significant advance between a well known family entertainment oriented production and distribution company and a major music publishing company.

Past Speaking Engagements