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November 16, 2017

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

BUMPS IN THE ROAD: When Deals Almost Derail

We’ve all had it happen - just as you’re about to celebrate the deal you’re closing, something comes in out of left field or at the 11th hour and threatens to derail it all.  Join our panelists for an entertaining and informative discussion (and possible role play) of unexpected scenarios that may or may not have ended up impacting “the deal.”


Eric J. German, Esq.
Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Jonathan Palmer
Independent Music Consultant

Jaime Reznick
CFO, Pulse Music Group


Kyle Staggs, Esq.
VP, Business & Legal Affairs Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

AIMP Panel

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Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

From left, Kyle Staggs, Esq./Warner Bros. Entertainment, AIMP President Michael Eames/PEN Music Group, Jaime Reznick/Pulse Music Group, Jonathan Palmer and Eric J. German, Esq./Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp.

Photos by Liz Redwing, courtesy of Lawry's The Prime Rib, Beverly Hills, CA.

Additional Speaker Information

Eric German has spent a lifetime learning the business of music and entertainment. Eric spent his teenage years playing in rock bands, working in music retail, radio, and recording studios, and managing artists. Post-college, Eric spent two years producing a major outdoor concert series, handling everything from negotiating contracts to developing marketing plans to selling tickets. Eric first realized the game-changing impact of the Internet to transform entertainment in the early 1990s, becoming enamored with the capacity of technology to empower a geographically-diverse fan base. Upon entering law school, Eric became the research assistant for a leading copyright scholar, quickly becoming an early advocate of the ability of technology to transform the entertainment industry to a digital business. After graduating law school in 1997, and spending a year as a Law Clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Eric charged headfirst into the digital copyright wars, working for the major record companies on seminal cases such as A&M Records v. Napster, and MGM v. Grokster.

Jonathan Palmer is a music industry veteran whose diverse experience encompasses music supervision, licensing, management, A&R, publishing, songwriting, production, and live performance. Key posts include Columbia Records, SONGS, Sanctuary, Sony/ATV and Bug Music. He has worked with artists including Adele, Beyoncé, Daft Punk, John Legend, Jack White, Thievery Corporation, and Ryan Adams. His music supervision credits include projects for Netflix, Apple, HBO, MTV, ABC, and NBC. Soundtrack credits include “20 Feet from Stardom" and "Swingers." Palmer is also lead vocalist for the lounge-pop band Love Jones.

Jaime Reznick is the CFO at Pulse Music Group, where she oversees finance and administration for Pulse’s publishing , management, and music services. She believes that, as a company created by musicians for musicians, Pulse is able to maximize their songwriters’ revenue streams while providing an environment in which they can reach and exceed their full potential. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Jaime joined Pulse in January 2017 after an 11-year stint with UMPG, where she served as Senior Director of Global Finance.

Kyle Staggs came to Los Angeles with the singular goal of establishing a career in music law. He graduated from Pepperdine School of Law with internships at Rhino Records and Warner/Chappell Music, landing his first real job at Bug Music and working in Business & Legal Affairs with such iconic publishing catalogs and clients as Willie Dixon, Los Lobos, Johnny Cash, Iggy Pop and The Meters. He specialized in sampling issues, licensing and the recapture of copyrights, legally establishing the heir/estate catalogs of some of his musical heroes, including Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, and Pete Ham and Tom Evans (Badfinger). Kyle then moved on to the Film Music Department at Universal Pictures, negotiating the composer, producer, artist, songwriter and licensing agreements that would effectively allow filmmakers to use the most optimal music to help tell their stories. During his tenure, Universal released such music-intensive films as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Straight Outta Compton, Sing, the first two films in the Pitch Perfect and Fifty Shades Of Grey franchises, and four films in the Fast & Furious (4-8) and Despicable Me (1-3 and Minions) franchises, some of which spawned bona fide independent musical hits, notably “Happy” – Pharrell Williams (from Despicable Me 2), “Earned It” – The Weeknd (from Fifty Shades Of Grey) and “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (from Furious 7). He currently works with Warner Bros. Entertainment, servicing the music business and legal affairs needs of the theatrical marketing and television animation groups.

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