DAVID P. BRANFMAN
Dave Branfman has been practicing law for thirty years. His practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including music, motion pictures, TV, new media, copyrights, trademarks, and licensing. His clients have ranged from musicians, songwriters to indie record labels, video production companies, hot-rod after-market specialty shops, clothing companies and non-profit corporations. Dave's clients have included music professionals such as Steve Poltz, Kim Fowley, Buddy Blue, and Indigo Swing and companies such as Opper Sports, Inc., Killer Tomato Entertainment, Inc., Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation and the American Council on Exercise.
Dave graduated Cum Laude from Alfred University in New York and received his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1978. He was Chairman of the Board of the San Diego Film Commission from 1998 - January 2000 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 - 2007. He was Legal Chair of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Television Academy for approximately two decades and is a member of the State Bar of California's Intellectual Property Section. He has lectured on entertainment, intellectual property and Internet Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Southwestern College and on intellectual property and business law at Mira Costa College and The San Diego Career Center. Dave has also spoken on copyright law at Comic-Con International and has participated at numerous music-business panels including ones sponsored by the San Diego Music Awards Foundation. His law firm's website is located at www.branfman.com.
With over 50 DVD titles commercially released, Director/Producer Michael Drumm is one of the most prolific and successful long-form Directors active today, with a majority of his projects being done in a work for hire model. Collaborating with Drumm is like having your own Emmy recognized Director/Producer on staff without the overhead. The magic he is able create at reasonable price points enables Record Companies, DVD distributors, and artists to have a profound experienced creative visionary helping them actually produce high shelf content with a chance at profitability. An intriguing combination of ingredients!
2008 has been another prolific year for Drumm, and his Music Link Productions. Most recently, he has wrapped an exciting new concert film for multi-platinum arena rock phenoms Three Days Grace. It is being released in August though Best Buy, then it will be one of the few Blu-Ray music titles when it is put into general distribution in November.
In March, Drumm stewarded a 7 figure budget as Supervising Producer and Creative Director of the year's biggest and most ambitious live web cast, OPERATION MYSPACE. A five hour live show was delivered on MySpace in HD from Camp Buering in the Kuwaiti desert! Featuring Carlos Mencia, Pussycat Dolls, Jessica Simpson, Disturbed, and Filter, the extravaganza featured concert performances and 11 packages produced and edited on the US Army base! The best of the show was later aired in a 60 minute format on FX Cable. AEG Network Live's EP John Rubey brought Drumm on board to help MySpace realize this audacious vision.
After working closely with Carlos Mencia in Kuwait, Drumm Directed and Produced the new HD stand up comedy special for the outrageously funny Ralphie May for Ben Feigin and LA's Anonymous Content. Drumm, with Ralphie's encouragement, utilized techniques rarely if ever seen in stand up specials to get deep inside May's multi-character rapid fire persona. Watch for this on Comedy Central this fall.
Coming up the weekend of July 19th, Drumm and Music Link are on board as the official Video and Audio Production Company for the inaugural Mile Hi Music Festival in Denver. Drumm is Supervising Producer and Lead Director for the 5 stage event that will draw over 100,000 people over its 2 day run. Content will stream live on the ATT BLUEROOM, be made available on Sandisc drives, air later on MHD, and be seen on the cool LED screens at the Fest. Sets from Dave Matthews, Tom Petty, and John Mayer will find Drumm in the directors' chair. Again, Drumm is working in conjunction with John Rubey on this large scale production
With multiple Emmy Nominations, Grammy Nominations, a Dove Award nomination and a Ace Award Nomination, any music or stand up comedy production winds up a creative success with Drumm at the helm. Plus, his Music Link Production Center, with multiple HD edit bays, Pro Tools mix and lock to picture, make Music Link Productions your own in house full service award nominated production department!
Harlan Goodman started his entertainment business career as a concert booking agent at the William Morris Agency, working out of the Chicago office which handled 70% of all personal appearances booked by the agency. Goodman's skills had the agency move him to the increasingly important Los Angeles office. A while after moving to California he moved into personal music management when he went to work with David Geffen and Elliot Roberts in their management company where he dealt with clients like Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Poco and America. In the early 70's Harlan formed Hartmann & Goodman. The management firm became a major force working with such high caliber performers as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Poco, America and Peter, Paul & Mary. In the mid 80's Harlan again worked with Elliot Roberts at Lookout Management where he was a personal manager for clients that included Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Yes, Stevie Nicks and Neil Young.
Making a career change, in 1986 Harlan realized a life-long desire to work in the film business. Here, he carved out a niche for himself that would eventually make him one of the most respected and successful film studio executives in charge of music. As as associate producer for Julia Phillips at Ruthless Productions, he was directly involved in project development for the firm that produced "The Sting", "Taxi Driver", and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". Combining his knowledge of the music business with his love of film, he later moved to Tri-Star Pictures. As Vice President of music, he headed a department with full charge for all music-related activities. He worked with directors, producers and upper level executives. He oversaw music supervisors, actively tracked and sustained all marketing, and secured deals. The early 90's found Harlan at Paramount Pictures as Senior Vice President of the Music Department. Overseeing a staff of 40, he handled various music functions for the global company. Working hands on with all creative/production sources on feature projects, he interacted closely with musicians/lyricist/composers, music supervisors, managers, producers and film directors throughout the filming process while tapping key contacts to fund music operations in the most cost-efficient and mutually profitable manner. He oversaw some of the most successful soundtracks of all time, including: Mission Impossible I and II, Titanic (score album and Celine Dion's CD concurrently), Wayne's World, Boomerang, Runaway Bride, Rugrats and Forrest Gump.
He is currently consulting various film production companies on their music acquisitions and is developing film and television projects.
After time spent as a concert promoter, artist manager, and booking agent, Ken Kushnick's career in the entertainment business went into high gear when he joined New York-based Sire Records. It was there that he signed Talking Heads and helped bring The Pretenders and Madonna to the label. His responsibilities included marketing, promotion, artist development relations with foreign distributors.
Warner Bros. Chairman, Mo Ostin, hand-picked Ken for a newly created position as VP International Operations/Europe for Warner Bros. Records. Stationed in London, he developed campaigns for many acts who were, or became big international sellers including George Benson, ZZ Top, Rod Stewart, and his former U.S. success, Madonna.
Since leaving Warner Bros., he has been a principal in a number of entertainment management and production companies that have represented clients including Wolfman Jack, Grammy winning producer Don Was, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock. Current management clients include Producer/Songwriter Mark Feist (Destiny's Child, Mya, Celine Dion); Film Composer and World Music Artist Jamshied Sharifi; The estate of Singer/Songwriter/Guitar Slinger Stephen Bruton (Crazy Heart soundtrack) and Texas legend Malford Milligan.
Additionally, Ken is a well respected Music Supervisor for film and TV soundtracks. His TV projects include MIAMI VICE. Among his many feature film projects are LOOK WHO'S TALKING, BEVERLY HILLS COP 3, FACE/OFF, MUPPETS FROM SPACE, DOUBLE JEOPARDY and DOWN TO EARTH.