R. Delano Williams, Jr.
Lano Williams is a creative-thinking attorney specializing in startup and entertainment law. He helps entrepreneurs succeed in their business ventures, with a focus on the entertainment and arts industries. He is a valuable asset for startup companies requiring expert assistance with business assessment and formation, bylaws, operating agreements, investor and shareholder consensus building, and small securities offerings. His area of expertise in entertainment law includes handling transactions throughout the entire life cycle of an entertainment property, from development to production to exploitation and distribution. Lano’s types of clients in entertainment range from service as outside general counsel to a full-service entertainment company to negotiating and structuring agreements for independent entertainment professionals on an as needed basis.
Lano has advised business startups of all types, including film production, production service, film finance, health & wellness, software/app development, art galleries, artist studio practice, real estate investment & management, textile import/export, mortgage brokerage, grocery, home & garden, talent management, non-profit social services, holding companies, private investment, and more.
In his current role as Principal of the firm, Lano serves as the managing attorney, responsible for all firm operations. As the founder of KarolWilliams PC, Lano’s management of the firm has given him an excellent grounding and understanding business startups from the inside out.
Lano holds a JD in from Loyola Law School at Loyola Marymount University (LLS) in Los Angeles, CA, with a focus on tax law and intellectual property law. Subsequently he attained a Masters in Tax Law from LLS. Prior to law school, Lano received an MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, with a focus on marketing and strategy concurrently with an MA in Arts Administration and Entrepreneurship from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. While at SMU, Lano studied abroad in Milan, Italy, at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi. Lano holds an AB in Economics from Harvard University.
Lano has held positions with multiple non-profits including the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus Inc (the LGBT Harvard Alumni Group), Harvardwood (the Harvard Alumni Group for Entertainment Professionals) and the LA Stage Alliance (the service organization for theater companies in the Los Angeles area).
Scott J. Karol
Scott J. Karol is an independent producer, attorney, and entertainment business and finance consultant.
Scott provides comprehensive business affairs and legal advice to established entertainment clients. including, but not limited to, financing, production, distribution, and negotiation of all above-the-line-talent deals.
He is currently the President of Cinelou Films, in charge of all business dealings and actively involved in all creative matters. In addition, Scott functions as an executive producer on all Cinelou projects. Prior to his position as President, Scott held the position of Head of Business Affairs, serving as Co-producer on the Golden Globe nominated film, Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston. Prior to Cinelou, he served as Executive Vice President in Charge of Business Affairs, Production and Strategic Planning for Crystal Sky, LLC,where he structured over $60 million in single picture financing, negotiated and secured a $200 million slate financing deal and received Executive Producer credit on several films. Before that, Scott’s focus was in international sales, and acquisitions while Executive Vice President of Conquistador Worldwide Media, where he worked on films such as ‘Rescue Dawn’ (directed by Werner Herzog and starring Christian Bale). During his previous stint in the world of independent production, Scott was Producer of Marvel’s ‘Man-Thing’ and Executive Producer on ‘To Kill a King’ (starring Rupert Everett, Tim Roth and Dougray Scott).
Also, previously, Scott was Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at Crystal Sky, LLC, where he structured several international co-productions utilizing Canadian tax shelters and labor credits, UK sale/leasebacks and German equity funds. Scott was named one of the Top Twenty Lawyers Under Forty by the Daily Journal, while serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for bleem! llc, a cutting-edge videogame software company focusing on PlayStation emulation technology. bleem! was featured in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine.
Before his foray into videogames, Scott was Vice President of Original Movies, Business Affairs at Turner Network Television. Scott came to TNT from MTM Television, where he was Director of Business & Legal Affairs for MTM, The Family Channel and Family Channel Pictures. Scott started his professional career at ICM, in the Agent Training Program, where, after a brief tour of duty in the mailroom, he became the assistant to Ken Kamins, who at the time was the head of the International and Motion Picture Literary departments.
Scott has a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, where he graduated in the top 15% of his class, served on the “Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review,” and received numerous academic awards, including the American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Research & Writing. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Lawrence I. Weinberg
Lawrence I. Weinberg, Esq. has performed legal and business affairs services for a variety of entertainment companies, law firms and independent motion pictures, documentaries, television and web-based programs for over twenty-five years. He is also an educator, working with Boston University’s Los Angeles Study Abroad Program since its inception.
Weinberg graduated from Loyola Law School in 1989 and Boston University in 1986. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1990 and is currently the Senior Advisor and Lead Lecturer of Film and Television and Media Ventures Programs for Boston University’s Los Angeles Study Abroad Program. BULA has grown to be Boston University’s College of Communication’s flagship program for film, television public relations, advertising and new media students, as well as students in the university’s schools of fine arts and business management. Weinberg has also spoken on entertainment and media business and legal matters at numerous film festivals, universities and state-run seminars, as well as for private corporate client engagements. He is currently an advisor for the Sundance Catalyst Forum, an exclusive annual program at the Sundance Institute which brings filmmakers and investors together for seminars, workshops and presentation meetings.
Weinberg interned and practiced law for several years with the Screen Actors Guild and the highly respected law firms of Lavely & Singer and Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory, in Los Angeles. His work at the William Morris Agency focused on independent film financing and international co-productions. More recently, Weinberg helped develop, finance and start several entertainment-related companies for which he provided business, legal, finance and production services, including LA-based Storyopolis and E3 Entertainment and NY-based Sandbox TV, and established the law firm of Weinberg & Fyvolent. While with Storyopolis, Weinberg specialized in family entertainment and intellectual property branding. While with E3 Entertainment, he provided a full-service business and legal affairs practice specializing in entertainment finance, film, television, documentary and new-media business and legal affairs, international co-productions, business development, and traditional producer-artist representation. At Sandbox TV, a web-based video-on-demand delivery platform specializing in branded video channels with a social networking application, Weinberg managed all entertainment and media related legal affairs. As a partner with Weinberg & Fyvolent, a boutique entertainment law firm, Weinberg specialized in all matters related to film and television legal representation.
In September of 2018, Weinberg joined KarolWilliamsPC in an Of Counsel role, where he represents a variety of entertainment clients including corporate entities, distributors, producers, artists and individual motion picture, television and internet based productions. Weinberg’s clients are multi-faceted and include international production, financing and distribution companies, film and media funds, and writers, directors, actors and producers. Weinberg oversees all aspects of his client’s legal affairs.
Weinberg has negotiated and drafted all forms of media and entertainment agreements, including: general corporate, labor (all entertainment unions), finance (bank, pre-sales, gap, tax credit and subsidy soft money), intellectual property rights (underlying rights, chain-of-title), artist (director, actor, writer), digital (web and mobile-based) and sales and licensing (domestic and international), from acquisitions through production and distribution. He has negotiated deals with all major unions, vendors, studios and independent distributors, networks, international sales and financing companies, and music and literary publishing companies. He is well-schooled on both domestic and international finance, tax, subsidy and co-production structures, and has written numerous business plans, operating agreements and supporting texts.
Weinberg has provided business and legal affairs services on dozens of motion picture, television, internet, documentary and other entertainment projects, including: After, Otherhood, Last Days of American Crime, Lost Girls, Fracture, Juanita, Little Evil, #RealityHigh, Burning Sands, Amateur, IO, Tully, Cowboy Drifter, The Yellow Birds, Phoenix Forgotten, The Comedian, Trumbo, Burn Your Maps, I Saw The Light, Spare Parts, Franny, Captain Fantastic, Cook, Cake, Little Accidents, Villisca, Exists, When Calls The Heart (Pilot MOW and TV series), Aztec Warrior, Girl In Progress, Mickey Matson and the Confederate Conspiracy (Trilogy), Casa De Mi Padre, Lovely Molly, Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best, LUV, Christmas in Compton, Jess and Moss, The Shunning, The Space Between, yellowbrickroad, Tekken, Robosapien, Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Fuel, The Elder Son, Black Box, Photographing Fairies, Campfire Tales, The Last Supper, Red Doors, Hatchet, The Holy Land, Hope and a Little Sugar, among many others.