For those wanting to learn more about the business of show business, noted entertainment attorney Nadia Davari will guest lecture a class on Wednesday, June 13th from 6 to 8pm on Film Sales and Distribution at Raindance L.A. This event will take place at Rough Diamond Productions, which is located at 1424 North Kings Road in West Hollywood. Producer Jason Piette (The Merchant Of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons; Head In The Clouds; Napoleon TV series for A & E; Perfect Creatures; I Melt With You: Iron Sky. Co-founder Disrupting Influence) will also be guest lecturing that evening.
Other guest lecturers in this informative lecture series include producer and director Julia Verdin (The Merchant of Venice, Stander, Jacks, Born of War, The Unwilling, Lost Girls), and sales agent Glenn Kendrick Ackermann (Quadra, Helkon, Capitol, VIP Medienfonds, Atlas and V International Media having secured international presales, private equity, licensed international and domestic distribution rights).
About Raindance L.A. :
Raindance L.A. is a film/TV training and networking organization that works to promote and support independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the US. From new and emerging talent to seasoned industry pros, Raindance connects, trains, supports and promotes visual storytellers through every step of their career.
About Nadia Davari:
Nadia has over 14 years of experience as an entertainment and business attorney. She has served as the outside counsel and in legal and business affairs for several media companies and start-ups, including MavTV, Channel Factory, Prescience, and Lightning Entertainment. She works with a wide range of clients including digital media companies, new business start-ups, production companies, movie studios, television networks, investors, and talent. She is well-known for her superior negotiating and drafting skills in development, production, distribution, licensing, and acquisition of entertainment content in animated, scripted and unscripted television, and motion picture content. Nadia graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in molecular, cell and developmental biology and attended USC Law School where she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors program.
On Sunday, Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Education Stage of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Scare LA 2017 held the informative “The 7 Legal Pitfalls You Must Avoid Before Getting Into The Horror Entertainment Biz” with ScareLA’s own renowned entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and her client, noted actress and HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror).
These ladies took the stage to guide attendees safely past the horror entertainment industry’s largest — and unexpected — pitfalls. Davari showed the attendees how to not get taken advantage of. To add a little practical spice, this seminar was moderated by Vida, who herself has dealt first-hand with many of these pitfalls in her career, but overcame them all with Nadia’s brilliant expertise. Many of the ladies educational and often humorous experiences and anecdotes were highlighted in this informative seminar.
“It has truly been an honor to represent ScareLA and Lora, a young serial entrepreneur, and watch it evolve into such an informative and epic event,” said Nadia.
“I was so thrilled to be part of this panel with my wise attorney and a part of this wonderful convention that was started by a woman. It’s really great to be a part of the horror community with such knowledgeable and empowered women,” added Vida.
“I created ScareLA with the vision of bringing the community together and celebrating our city’s diversity in its most unusual forms. Halloween has an amazing tradition of self-expression and creativity and we bring thousands of artists, haunt entertainment professionals, horror filmmakers and fans to celebrate it early. ScareLA was first to bring Halloween to the summer and we are thrilled with the amazing response to our show and creating Halloween’s first Comic-con,” said Ivanova.
“As an entrepreneur, it has been extremely important for me to have an A-class legal team to ensure our success and I could not be happier working with experts like Nadia Davari in this process. Her ability to look at the big picture and navigate the intricate landscape of show business has been key to our growth and I really enjoyed having her share her experience with our community at large at ScareLA this year,” added Ivanova.
About Scare LA:
ScareLA premiered in 2013 as the first fan convention dedicated to Halloween. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, it combines LA’s top talent and unique setting with a twist! The weekend-long Halloween teaser celebrated California’s scariest faire with attraction unveils, workshops, classes, industry panels, haunt tours, screenings and activities. Share, inspire, play – ScareLA.
About Nadia Davari:
Nadia Davari is an experienced attorney whose practice bridges the diverse realms of entertainment, new media, technology, start-up companies, corporate and business law. Ms. Davari works with a wide range of clients including digital media companies, new business start-ups, production companies, movie studios, television networks, investors, and “talent” representation. Among her many areas of expertise, Nadia has an extensive record of accomplishment in the areas of entity formation, corporate maintenance, content acquisition, production, distribution (domestic and international), finance, the internet and new media issues ranging from capital structuring to intellectual property protection. Ms. Davari restructured international content licensing deals for MAVTV cable network and guided The Channel Factory and Planet Street through the process of establishing new media entities. At Taurus Entertainment and Dream Factory, she managed all aspects of “production legal.” While at Gigapix Studios, Ms. Davari negotiated and drafted scripted and unscripted television production, animation series, documentary and feature film, acquisition and financing agreements. At GVN Releasing she helped management launch GVN Releasing and negotiated domestic and international distribution agreements with content providers and sub-distributors.
This smart and savvy attorney has represented a number of prestigious companies including WR Films Entertainment, Je’Caryous Johnson Entertainment, Konwiser Brothers, Entertainment Treasures, Film Roman, Starz Entertainment, the popular Geekie Awards, and ScareLA. In the past, Ms. Davari practiced law as an associate with the law firms Rosen and Anderson as well as Barnes Morris. Nadia graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in molecular, cell and developmental biology and attended USC Law School where she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. Ms. Davari is also a guest lecturer at The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She recently guested as a legal expert on KCRW, KBEACH and LA Talk Radio and was profiled by popular blogs like Ms. In The Biz and the Hollywood Press Corps for her legal expertise.
Vida has been active on the Tinsel town scene as an award-winning actress and voiceover artist. This comedic powerhouse is best known for her appearances on the television comedies, The Mindy Project formerly on FOX, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, and Mind of Mencia on Comedy Central. These projects cap off a number of successes for the versatile starlet. She just wrapped a supporting role in Nation’s Fire, which will be distributed by Universal opposite two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern, Emmy winner Gil Bellows, iconic action and horror film heroine Laurene Landon and UFC Champion Chuck Liddell. Her other film, the much buzzed-about Holy Terror, where she plays the pivotal role of Hayley, a very troubled young woman opposite legendary actors Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones) and Kristine DeBell (Meatballs, The Big Brawl). Holy Terror is climbing up the charts and is #11 on Amazon Prime UK. This scream queen has gotten local, national and international press from this project and was billed as “the Persian Linda Blair” from her work in this role by noted journalist Maurice Dwayne Smith at this link: http://coldheatnews.com/archives/7401 and here’s Holy Terror’s trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNjDmcCRAhY&t=3s
Vida also just shot Hybristophilia with Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock). She will also be voicing a lead role in the three time Peabody award nominated The Suspense Show on XM satellite radio opposite Novak once again. In addition to voicing commercials, industrials, and audiobooks, Vida made her animation voice-over debut alongside Fred Willard, Lisa Kudrow, and Janeane Garofalo inLovesick Fool, a film festival darling created by Emmy nominated director and animator Dominic Polcino (The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill).
As an award-winning journalist and blogger of her self-titled blog, www.soveryvida.com, she has also worked as a red carpet correspondent and has interviewed many celebs ranging from Oscar nominees and winners to Grammy winners. Vida recently received commendations from the City of Los Angeles and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for her journalism and acting endeavors as well as an Entrepreneur Award from the World Networks, an Excellence in Media Award from the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association and a Media Appreciation Award. Ever the fashionista, Vida recently graced the cover of noted fashion magazine FVM Global Magazine twice, Shine on Hollywood Magazine, and 1st Class Magazine and was quoted about her knowledge of red carpet fashion for the Oscars by US News and World Report. She was also named a blogger to watch by On Trend Magazine.
The rom-com nonTransferable held their red carpet launch event on Monday, February 13th at the kitschy Now Boarding in heart of West Hollywood. This film was almost entirely shot in Turkey, and it would take Iranian-American attorney Nadia Davari to bridge the gap between east and west as the legal counsel of this international film. Davari reps Lightening Entertainment, a noted production company and distributor of the film.
Interestingly enough, this film had an exclusive 4K Ultra HD Release of the Original Independent Film on UltraFlix before it hits theaters. All of this is in conjunction with NanoTech Entertainment, who provides the innovative 4K experience to consumers and has a strategic partnership with SWIG MEDIA and Lightning Entertainment. UltraFlix has secured digital distribution rights to nonTransferable motion picture. This partnership is helping to usher in the Company’s expansion of premiere film presentations and original programs on the UltraFlix network.
James Walker, President of Lightning Entertainment, and Forest Robin, Head of Digital Distribution lead the team working with the filmmakers spearheading this distribution deal. Walker noted “The entertainment industry is looking increasingly at new models using the digital platforms to release and bring attention to films in ways other than through costly P&A. Lightning Entertainment is positioned to leverage our relationship with SWIG Media’s next generation digital distribution capabilities and content partners to bring wonderful new movies like nonTransferable to the market in new and unique ways.”
As for the film, nonTransferable follows the adventures of Amy Tyler (Ashley Clements), a bleeding heart romantic who books a surprise vacation of a lifetime for her boyfriend Josh Merit (Christopher Nicholas Smith). When he abruptly breaks up with her on their anniversary, Amy is stuck with the non-transferable tickets in his name. Dealt with a difficult and time sensitive situation, Amy’s clever friends suggest that if she can’t change the tickets…why not change the guy? She comes across another Josh Merit (Brendan Bradley, who also wrote and directed the film) and the sparks fly.
This film also stars Amin Joseph, Shanna Malcolm, Katie Wee, Matthew Scott Montgomery, Sara Fletcher, Cem Baza, Monika Jolly, Daniel Vincent Gordh, Julia Cho, Joey Richter, Jessica Andres and Cigdem Önat.
In addition to the wonderful rom com story, this film is so intriguing on many levels. Produced by an American production, with a strong indie cast, but the the project was almost entirely filmed in Turkey. And during the geopolitical coup no less! Additionally, this film was also partially financed via Turkey’s tourism board and appropriately enough, the trailer screened on Turkish Airlines channel.
All in all it was a great event, with an open bar (yet I was too sick to enjoy much of anything) with an airline theme…how apropos for a film about travel and the food was catered by Prime Cutts. So let’s fly high with nonTransferable!
Noted entertainment attorney Nadia Davari has to walk a fine line in fashion. It’s a given that she has to look professional, but since she works in Entertainment Law, her style has to be more hip and on trend, than say, a tax attorney. Here’s her essay on the role wardrobe plays in her thriving career as an entertainment attorney.
There are many reasons for wanting to look good and dress nice. Growing up, I used to think that being worried about my appearance and how I look was being superficial. However, I have come to think differently as I started law school and then started practicing as an attorney.
How we dress affects how we feel and how others perceive us. While “You can’t judge a book by its cover” may be true, who was is that said “dress for success” or “dress for the part”? There is little doubt that how we dress has an affect on the way we feel. We communicate with more that the words that we speak. We also communicate with the way we dress. So, I have come to appreciate that how I dress not only affects me personally and how I feel but it also affects the audience and the people whom I meet in the way they perceive me.
As far as dressing for myself, when I “dress for the part”and feel good,it helps me in the visualization of what needs to get done, in turn, affectingmy ability to accomplish tasks and persuade others. I know that dressing well and looking good has a direct affect in my effectiveness inaccomplishing my work.
In dressing for myself to make me feel good, I have also come to realize that I must dress appropriately, meaning I must have respect for the place, situation and the audience. I want to make a good first impression. When I think of a lawyer, looking professional and dressing for the office are the first things that come to mind.Generally, when dressing as an attorney, I want to exude confidence or tell myclient that you can trust me. As such, choices may include pant suits, skirt suits and all around uptight goes hand in hand with dressing for the job. While this is true for almost all of the areas of law practice, entertainment attorneys are a bit unique in this respect.
In my opinion, dressing as an entertainment attorney is looking like a professional with a twist. As an entertainment attorney, I try to relate to my clients and to make them feel comfortable. This may lead to sartorial choices that are a little different than the typical attorney. It may be a little more edgy or casual than what one may think of how a typical attorney dresses. More info at http://www.nadiadavari.com/
Prominent entertainment attorney Nadia Davari guested on KCRW’s popular show “Press Play” with Madeleine Brand on September 2nd. She appeared with highly regarded family law attorney Fahi Takesh-Hallin, a partner at Harris Ginsberg, to discuss the always controversial subject of pre-nuptial agreements.
Both of these standouts from the legal world have diverse educational backgrounds and work experiences. Nadia’s undergrad degree was in Mollecular, Cell, Genetics and Developmental Biology from UCLA. She then went on to USC’s Gould School of Law for law school with an emphasis on entertainment law. Being and LA-based attorney, however, she has had much to say on this timely topic in light of many recent and high publicized celebrity divorces.
Davari has represented a number of companies including WR Films Entertainment, Je’Caryous Johnson Entertainment, Konwiser Brothers, Entertainment Treasures, Film Roman and Starz Entertainment.
She has practiced law as an associate with the law firms Rosen and Anderson and later with Barnes Morris. Always on the pulse of law and entertainment, Davari is also a regular guest lecturer at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
Takesh-Hallin has been practicing exclusively family law since being admitted to the bar approximately 20 years ago. She was selected as a Southern California Rising Star for 2006 through 2009 by Los Angeles Magazine and a Super Lawyer for years 2010 through 2015, Super Lawyers edition, through peer nomination, and independent research and review process.
Takesh Hallin is also a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, given her extensive work and experience in international family law matters. Her B.A. was from University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa and her J.D. is from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she was on the Deans Honor List.
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Unici Casa held their swanky “Tango Lovers in Buenos Aires” event on April 18th.
The sponsors were Maserati, Allegria Magazine, Samimi Law Group, Kathy Zahedi DDS, St. Petersburg Vodaka, Choux Choux Bar, and Draken Private Security. The dress code melded with the theme of the erotic dance of tango with the ladies wearing red and black and the gentlemen wearing black suits and ties.
The dancers for this event were styled by Marleney Aleman and designers Sahar Amiry of Sanya Demure and Anna Sycz showcased their beautiful designs in an upbeat fashion show.
The Sanya Demure line is sexy yet conservative, playful yet refined and elegant while the Contessa brand was super sexy glam with lace, sequins and a whole lot of skin showing.