Legal for Media Makers

Legal for Media Makers
Wed., Oct. 19, 7pm
via Zoom
FREE for Members
$25 non-members

Join film and media makers from across Maine and beyond to learn from two Maine Entertainment Attorneys, Ari Solotoff, Managing Attorney of Solotoff Law, and Alexandra Jiga, previously a Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at First Look Media.

Ari and Alexandra will share an overview of some key conventions to help button up your production and business legal procedures, and take questions from info session attendees. More information coming soon about specific topics to be addressed!

WHAT: MFA Info Session – Legal for Media Makers
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, 7 – 8:30 pm
WHERE: via Zoom
REGISTRATION via Eventbrite: FREE for MFA Members; $25 for non-members
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About the Presenters

Trained as a classical musician, ARI SOLOTOFF focuses his law practice on serving clients in entertainment and intellectual property law, as well as related areas of practice. He represents leading musicians, composers, artists, and other creative entrepreneurs. Prior to studying law, Ari worked for over a decade in classical music, where he served as a field-wide leader and executive, including appointments as Executive Vice President of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and before that, as Executive Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

Distinguished as Maine’s “Artful Lawyer” by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Ari presently serves as Chair of the Theater and Performing Arts Division of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Prior to launching Solotoff Law, Ari was an attorney at Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, where he focused his practice on tax-exempt organizations, entertainment law, copyright protection, and music licensing. In recognition of his exemplary community service, Ari was awarded Bernstein Shur’s 2016 Barnett I. Shur Civic Award.  Ari also served as a Judicial Intern for Justice Jon D. Levy of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and for Judge Kermit Lipez of the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ari also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Law and Music at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and as an Adjunct Instructor in Legal Issues in the Arts at the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He has lectured on topics in music, copyright, and the law at the The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Oberlin College Conservatory, the University of Chicago, and for the League of American Orchestras.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Languages from the University of California, Berkeley. Ari is also an alumnus of the AMEX Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program of the League of American Orchestras.

Ari is deeply engaged in the arts community, where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Maine College of Art and as a member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Palaver Strings.

Ari lives in Portland, Maine with his partner and two children.

ALEXANDRA JIGA represents producers, production companies, studios, financiers, start-ups, writers, directors, and others in connection with all types of entertainment and media transactions, including option-purchase and development agreements, financing deals, production agreements, and distribution agreements.   Most recently, Alexandra was Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at First Look Media, where she worked across documentaries, scripted film and television, podcasts, editorial and digital media, photography, visual art, and live events.  Prior to First Look, Alexandra worked in the entertainment group at the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, and prior to that as in-house counsel at WNET/Channel Thirteen.

Alexandra has worked on numerous Oscar, Emmy, and Peabody Award-winning projects, with budgets from under $1M to upwards of a $100M.  She has experience working with all major studios, networks, and streaming services, and A-level Hollywood talent, as well as independent and first-time filmmakers, documentarians, and documentary subjects.

Alexandra’s expertise extends beyond contract negotiation and drafting.  She has a deep understanding of the entertainment and media landscape and offers her clients invaluable business advice and strategy.

Alexandra recently left First Look Media to start her own law practice, AJ Media Consulting, through which she continues to represent First Look as outside counsel, as well as other clients.

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