Paul Berezetsky

Episode 1 | Welcome to SEALpreneurship | Ed Hiner and Gary Denham, Navy SEALs

In this episode, you’ll learn about why Ed Hiner, the co-founder and President of Asymmetrical Evolution, the developer of SEALpreneurship, and Gary Denham, Senior Instructor and Curriculum Developer for SEALpreneurship, are tackling the world of public education and prison reform with their 23 evolution program.

Ep 5: Wrongful Death Suit of Claud “Tex” McIver & North Korea UN CISG Signing

Segment 1: The Legal Wire

Prominent Athens, GA lawyer John Noell discusses the attention-grabbing, headliner case of Claud “Tex” McIver, famed Atlanta attorney who was convicted of felony murder of his affluent wife, Diane Smith and is now being sued for his wife’s wrongful death by her estate. He recently argued before the GA Court of Appeals that the case should be dismissed since only he has the right to sue himself under the law. Does the law support his contention?

Segment 2: Your Legal Travel Guide

In this episode, with Georgia on our minds, we are traveling to the Peach State, where whistling while you work the graveyard shift and cussing over phone may be illegal.

Segment 3: International Spotlight

João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, First Secretary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, gives us his insight into the historic signing by North Korea of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, an event that he was closely involved with when he worked at the United Nations UNCITRAL.

Ep 1: Chelsea Steward

On this episode of Music Spotlight San Diego, Gary talks with Chelsea Steward about her interest in music, her songwriting and her musical influences. Chelsea performs three original songs too!

Shell hits the road with Kaley Cuoco for a low carbon challenge

Shell hits the road with Kaley Cuoco for a low carbon challenge

By Kyle O’Brien-21 March 2019 15:07pm

Energy giant Shell has teamed up with The Big Bang’s Kaley Cuoco for a five-part content series that challenges young people to reimagine their daily travel plans.

‘The Great Travel Hack’ is an integrated, digital-first campaign that will be housed on YouTube, targeting a younger audience interested in travel and what the future holds when it comes to ways of moving around.

Cuoco hosts the first five episodes of Great Travel Hack series. The show looks to draw on the universal passion points of travel and adventure and follows two teams of digital content creators – Sara Dietschy and John Hill v Joanna Franco and Damon Dominique (aka Damon and Jo) – as they battle it out on an epic journey from Los Angeles to New York City.

Instead of trying to finish the fastest, the teams were challenged to travel coast-to-coast with the lowest CO2 emissions.

They were aided along the way by ‘Mission Control’ – a team of experts including Shell scientists and Shell Eco-marathon students – who monitored the teams’ progress and offered advice to help them on their way.

Given that globally transportation makes up nearly 30% of the world’s total energy use (according to IEA’s World energy balances overview, 2018), travelers are looking to reduce their impact on the environment. ‘The Great Travel Hack’ hopes to show the world how people can hit the road, have fun, meet new people – or do business – but sharply reduce their carbon footprints.

Dean Aragon, global vice-president brand at Shell said: “‘We all need to travel. The big question is can we travel further and faster with lesser emissions? Shell’s ‘The Great Travel Hack’ showcases a wide variety of vehicles, and fuel or energy choices, each tackling the challenge of reducing emissions. There really isn’t one solution, so we need to be open to a range of ideas and innovations.”

The content series has been developed to work across the digital ecosystem and, in a first for Shell, utilizes dynamic creative optimization programmatic.

Alongside the five episodes, a suite of creative assets including condensed episode formats and behind-the-scenes teasers have been created to reach the audience across multiple touch points.

The campaign was devised and created by J Walter Thompson, which worked with a production team from Carnage Films and a cross agency team from Edelman, VaynerMedia, UEG and Mediacom.

‘The Great Travel Hack’ challenge will continue across Europe and Asia over the next year.

Ep 4: NCAA Pay for Play Lawsuits and IP Rights for Celebrities in China

Segment 1: The Legal Wire features an interview with guest Jeremy Evans of California Sports Lawyer on the issue of the NCAA and the student athlete ‘pay for play’ debate. Cases against the NCAA such as the Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA, Alston v. NCAA, Kessler case are discussed.

Segment 2: Your Legal Travel Guide. In this episode we travel to the Golden State where you cannot ride your bike through a public swimming pool or curse on a mini-golf course.

Segment 3: International Spotlight – Guest Sunny Nassim talks about protecting your trademark in China. Sunny is a partner at Jacobson, Russell, Saltz, Nassim, and De La Torre and represents big brands such as Ryan Toys Review and Billabong now Quicksilver.

Ep 3: IP for Social Media Stars and Double Taxation for Overseas Americans

Segment 1: The Legal Wire. Guest Sunny Nassim, whose firm represents big brands such as YouTube sensation Ryan Toys Review and Billabong now Quicksilver, talks about intellectual property and brand expansion for athletes, YouTube stars, entertainers, businesses. Great insight for social media stars on the rise.

Segment 2: Your Legal Travel Guide. In this episode we travel to the great state of Texas and the laws on drinking beer and shooting buffalo that you need to know.

Segment 3: International Spotlight – Guest Josh Maxwell discusses international tax law and the case of the “accidental Americans” and dual citizens living abroad. Josh is a partner at Hone Maxwell.

Ep 2: PGA Lawsuit and International Arbitration in Paris

Segment 1: Peters vs. PGA. Guest Pro-golfer Justin Peters talks about his lawsuit against the PGA. Segment 2: Update on Mark Hunt v. UFC and Lesnar lawsuit and a talk about no hunting camels law in Arizona. Segment 3: The $1.2B Rusoro vs. Venezuela judgment and the Paris Court of Appeals partial setting aside of the award.

Ep 1: MMA Lawsuits and White Collar Crime in Asia

This episode features a riveting interview with Christina Denning, attorney for Mark Hunt, MMA fighter, regarding his lawsuit against the UFC and Brock Lesnar. Christina also joins us in the Your Legal Travel Guide segment for an amusing discussion on the oddest laws of the land, starting with the law banning high heels in Carmel-by-the Sea, CA. Lastly, as we cross the globe in the international spotlight segment, we delve into anti-corruption and politics in Asia during an interview with Oliver Welch, associate attorney with Gibson Dunn in their Hong Kong office, who specializes in white collar defense investigations and anti-corruption due diligence.

In the Race for Content, Hollywood Is Buying Up Hit Podcasts

In the Race for Content, Hollywood Is Buying Up Hit Podcasts

By Jaclyn Peiser

The film mogul Darryl F. Zanuck was among the skeptics in the years before networks started broadcasting shows seven nights a week. “Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months,” he infamously predicted. “People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”

To make sure that television sets would become something more than ungainly appliances, entertainment executives of the late 1940s and early 1950s went in search of programming. And they found it within earshot, in radio shows like “The Lone Ranger,” “Our Miss Brooks”and “Dragnet,” which were among the first TV hits.

With the rise of streaming, the entertainment industry is going through a similar transformation. Executives at Netflix, Amazon and Apple are spending wildly for content, which has created a sense of urgency among their rivals at broadcast networks and cable channels. And like their midcentury predecessors, they have been aggressive about buying up ready-made programming to fill their expanding slates. These days, that means podcasts.

“Homecoming,” the Amazon series starring Julia Roberts, is based on a fictional podcast from Gimlet Media. Bravo’s “Dirty John,” with Eric Bana in the role of the con man John Meehan, is based on a true crime series from The Los Angeles Times and the podcast network Wondery.

Hernan Lopez, a former Fox executive who founded Wondery, has blurred distinctions between the podcasting world and Hollywood by giving his shows tag lines, trailers and advertising billboards. “I set out to create a company that could build on bringing to podcasting the skill set of television and movies, both in storytelling and production, as well as marketing,” he said.

Amazon’s “Lore,” which was recently renewed for a second season, is another one that made the transition, having started as an anthology podcast of scary, real-life tales hosted by the writer Aaron Mahnke. “Up and Vanished,” a special that aired in November on Oxygen, was based on a podcast hosted by the documentary filmmaker Payne Lindsey about the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, a Georgia beauty pageant queen and high school teacher. The independent production company Propagate helped bring it to the screen.

Ben Silverman, the co-chief executive of Propagate, said podcasts make for good source material partly because their fans are not passive. “It’s a very active process to download a podcast,” said Mr. Silverman, whose company is also working on an adaptation of “Sword and Scale,” a true crime podcast from Wondery. “And so we hope that fans of the podcasts are likely to be active enough to come and watch the show, once it gets produced.”

Before the spate of narrative fare, talk and variety shows made the jump from audio to TV. “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” which started as a radio show before it became a much-downloaded podcast, had a five-year run on IFC. Following its leap from podcast to TV were “2 Dope Queens,” a series of live specials on HBO starring Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, and “Pod Save America,” the political show, also on HBO, hosted by the writer and producer Jon Lovett and three men who worked under President Barack Obama, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor.

As podcasts have become more elaborate, with complex stories complete with cliffhangers, narrative reversals and subplots, the main action in adaptations has shifted toward scripted series.

Mindful of the trend, Gimlet hired Jenny Wall, a former Hulu and Netflix executive, as chief marketing officer, to help the company better navigate Hollywood. “We created an I.P. factory,” Matt Lieber, the president of Gimlet, said. “We generate a lot of stories.”

Among other shows it has in the works, Gimlet has teamed with Blumhouse Television, an arm of the company that made the film “Get Out,” to create a TV version of its limited-run horror podcast, “The Horror of Dolores Roach.”

“Gladiator,” a podcast made by Wondery and The Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative team focused on the NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide after being convicted of murder, is in development at FX. Other Wondery shows in the works for TV are “Dr. Death,” about a neurosurgeon accused of malpractice, and “Business Wars,” a series centered on corporate rivalries. Janet Leahy, a “Mad Men” writer, has written the “Business Wars” pilot.

Facebook Watch has ordered 10 episodes of “Limetown,” based on a fictional podcast about the disappearance of 300 people at a research facility in Tennessee. Jessica Biel has signed on as an executive producer and lead actor, and the podcast’s creators, Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, are on board as the show’s writers.

“Welcome to Night Vale,” the long-running podcast (and book series) created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor in 2012, is in development at FX. Gennifer Hutchison, the executive producer of “Better Call Saul,” is in charge, and Sony Pictures Television is a producing partner.

The director and producer Sam Raimi is part of the team aiming to make a TV series out of “Tanis,” a fictional horror podcast created by Terry Miles. That one is being produced by Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions. The same two companies are at work on an adaptation of “The Bright Sessions,” a sci-fi podcast created by Lauren Shippen. Ms. Shippen and Gabrielle G. Stanton, an alumna of “Grey’s Anatomy,” are writing it.

Not every podcast survives the move from the intimacy of audio to the brighter, broader medium of television. The ABC sitcom “Alex, Inc.,” based on the Gimlet podcast “Start Up,” lasted all of 10 episodes. But in a time of expansion, with demand outstripping supply, executives at podcast companies know they have something the entertainment industry needs.

“We’ve prepared most of the meal,” said Mr. Lieber, of Gimlet. “Now you just have to put it on the table and eat.”

01/24/19 Cancer is a Chameleon

A fascinating conversation with Salk Institute cancer research scientist Dr. Geoffrey Wahl and cancer survivor and advocate Bianca Kennedy. We discuss cancer as chameleon, artificial intelligence and Dr. Wahl’s view that a patient advocate should be embedded into every research lab. And Bianca Kennedy shares her journey, family history and why she volunteers at Salk.

The show was co-hosted by Lizzie Wittig from Komen San Diego.