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NYWIFT 2022 Finance Institute: 3 day summit, day 3

  • 24 Jun 2022
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • online


Presentation: Incorporating Your Business with eMinutes

Let’s talk about incorporating your business. You have the idea, now you need to protect your idea. But where to start? Industry expert eMinutes attorney Erika Easter explains how to incorporate your new business and why it’s important.

About eMinutes

We’re lawyers who are laser focused on entity formation and maintenance. We obsess over our clients’ experience and how to improve it. We’re never satisfied. We use data to dazzle. Our mission is to empower disenfranchised members of underrepresented communities through our Arts and SHEMINUTES initiatives. Through our Arts initiative, we work to amplify the voices of disenfranchised storytellers from underrepresented communities. We partner with organizations in the entertainment industry that mentor up-and-coming writers, producers, directors. Our firm provides free or discounted entity formation services, and our lawyers counsel participants on the ins and outs of forming corporations and LLCs.

Erika Easter has been an attorney at eMinutes since 2007. Erika obtained her undergraduate degree in Spanish Literature at Dartmouth College and attended law school at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, Mike, and their three sons, Max, Teddy, and Benji, where she enjoys cooking, running, spending time at the beach and with family.

Panel: Running Your Company

You have gone through all the steps to open your business. What is next? How do you influence a community? We speak with experts about running your business and how they work to gain clients. In discussion with Carolyn Hepburn (Motto Pictures), Maria C. Miles (Entertainment Attorney), and more to be announced.

Carolyn Hepburn is an Emmy-winning producer who joined Motto Pictures in 2010. Carolyn is a producer of A Thousand Cuts and an executive producer of The Mole Agent, both of which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. In 2019, Carolyn produced Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner One Child Nation (acquired by Amazon Studios) and HBO Documentary’s Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn, which premiered at the New York Film Festival. She also executive produced Ringside which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and the Showtime docu-series Murder in the Bayou. In 2018, she produced Netfilix’s Take Your Pills which premiered at SXSW Film Festival and Discovery Channel’s Take Back the Harbor. Carolyn co-produced Life, Animated, which won three News & Documentary Emmys, the U.S. Documentary Directing Award at Sundance, and was nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. She executive produced Weiner, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize and produced 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, winner of the 2015 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Social Impact and nominated for an Emmy Award. Other recent projects include the Emmy-nominated Art and Craft; Emmy-nominated Humans of New York: The Series; Shadowman; and Indian Point. Carolyn is a member of AMPAS, PGA, BAFTA and NATAS.

Maria C. Miles is the founding partner of an entertainment law firm with offices in New York. Maria’s practice focuses on all areas of entertainment law including, film (narrative and documentary), music, publishing, fashion and new media. Prior to starting her own practice, Maria was general counsel for a multimedia start-up where she oversaw a diverse range of matters including webisode production, technology licensing, trademarks and copyrights. Maria has worked with award-winning producers, directors, writers, actors, television hosts, multi-platinum recording artists, and corporations in the fashion and sports industries related to their entertainment matters. Maria is an Adjunct Professor at The Feirstein Graduate School for Cinema.

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