StimConsul Ltd. is a New York based international
business affairs, business development, contract negotiation and legal advisory firm consisting of attorneys, business development strategists and business affairs negotiators specializing in: media enterprise development through company launches, content and production asset acquisitions, distribution and licensing of media content and intellectual property, monetization of live events and libraries by means of traditional and new technologies throughout the world, and protection of ownership rights.
Our firm has spent the past 20 years representing major sports franchises and promotions including: the Ultimate Fighting Championships, Top Rank Boxing, Gfinity, Millennial eSports and Activision Blizzard (the largest video gaming and esports publisher in the world) including the launch of MMA and eSports Pay TV and Digital Platforms throughout the world, with such partners as; Globosat, Televisa, Altice/SFR and AB Groupe/Orange, along with all contractual negotiations pertaining to the launch of the UFC’s FIGHT PASS Digital SVOD platform. We have also represented these clients in the syndication and licensing of live and delayed events, archive, shoulder content and original in studio content throughout the world to Free-To-Air broadcasts, Pay TV, Digital OTT Platforms including several of the largest grossing Pay-Per-View sporting events in their time (which StimConsul sold to broadcasters in over a dozen markets) such as: Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao co-promotion, Lennox Lewis/Mike Tyson promotion, Nick Diaz/Connor McGregor UFC 202 and Diaz/St.Pierre UFC 158, as well as having sold the highest grossing UFC events in several international markets including France, Brazil, Mexico, and Latin America.
With our representation of Activision Blizzard, serving as Distributor/Attorney, we are opening new revenue streams for their eSports business through distribution to international Linear Channels and Digital OTT Platform, business development, partnering and licensing for their eSports content. In worldwide distribution we distributed their first season of the Overwatch World league (the first City-based league in eSports history) before a sold out crowd of 20,000 attendees at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York broadcasted globally on July 27-28, 2018.
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STEPHEN G. STIM
Stephen G. Stim is an experienced business affairs executive at Fortune 500 companies and attorney specializing in international entertainment, film, sports, television, digital media, Broadway theatre, executive employment negotiations, copyright, licensing and merchandising and general corporate transactions. Mr. Stim has served as General Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs at Hearst/Disney/A&E Networks, Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs at Paramount Communications’ Madison Square Garden Corp. and Senior General Attorney Legal and Business Affairs (West Coast) at Disney/ABC Entertainment and Disney/ABC International, multiyear in-house counsel to the Brazilian Media Venture between Groupo Abril, Hearst/Disney/ABC, Falcon Cable which launched ESPN DO Brasil, HBO Brasil and the TV Platforms that are now SKY Brasil and Telefonica Brasil’s “Vivo” Satellite Platform.
Clients include or have included Activision Blizzard, the Ultimate Fighting Championships, Top Rank Boxing, Gfinity, Millennial (owns Stream Hatchet - an eSports platform that offers complete eSports data analytics solutions to publishers, developers and advertisers), The Shubert Organization and as associate attorney at the former premier Broadway theatrical law firm of Colton, Hearst/ABC video Services, Weissberg, Hartnick, Yamin & Sheresky (clients including Shubert Theatres, Hal Prince, Manny Azenberg and The Brooklyn Academy of Music), BMG/Chrysalis, Lifetime Television, Outdoor Life Channel (now NBC Sports), Comedy Central, Speedvision (now Fox Sports 2), Cablevision Systems Corp., US West Interactive, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Editoria Abril (Brasil), TVA Sistema do Televisao (Brasil), Orion Investments and Orion Gaming (Brazil), Keshet Broadcasting Channel 2 (Israel), Khabar and NTK TV (Kazakhstan), Rizzoli Audiovisivi (Italy), Media Partners (now Infront Italy and USA), Aastha Channels (India), Media Pro (Spain), GOL TV and Media World.
As you will see from the identity of our clients, past and present, including many Fortune 500 companies, our Firm has the proven track record, and list of successes to perform and deliver for you and /or your business endeavors in the same highly professional and swift manner as has become our trademark.
Whether negotiating a multi-million dollar sports contract, forming a corporate entity or representing franchise cable operators in right-of-access agreements, StimConsul Ltd. is more than qualified to reach far and beyond your needs. With the ability to decipher even the most complex contracts and explain them in great detail will enable you to look past every corner. StimConsul, Ltd. offers a swift and gentle touch when required but can be aggressive when needed to satisfy the best interests of our clients. Negotiating any type of contract requires the ability to not only make every transaction a smooth process for you but also to make these decisions from insight developed from over 30 years of experience. This insight will give you the ultimate advantage in any market to achieve the most beneficial and profitable outcomes imaginable.
We would be honored to support your efforts, whether in establishing partnerships, distribution, licensing, promotion and/or marketing agreements with well positioned companies around the world in media, entertainment, sports and business intelligence. Our firm would also assist with any legal, regulatory and contractual work needed to protect and serve your interests.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any inquiries that you may have and we can either have a call or a face-to-face meeting if we could be of service.
A&E Television Networks
MTM Family Channel
Outdoor Life Channel
The Sportsman Channel
Cablevisions Systems Corp.
Top Rank Boxing
US West Interactive
TVA Sistema do Televisao
Keshet Broadcasting/Channel 2
Media Partners/In Front
INTERNATIONAL IP & AUDIOVISUAL CONTENT DISTRIBUTION AND
We are specialists trained and experienced in utilizing the following skills:
Market research financial forecasting business planning and strategy branding and promotion.
Creation of business models partnering analyses programming acquisition production and co-productions
Direct representation and sale of television programming in domestic and international markets business strategy, negotiation and operation of network branded programming blocks and spin-off channels in national, regional and worldwide markets through programming feed output deals and shared equity arrangement.
Establishing relations with corporate sponsors and major advertising agencies arranging distribution outlets for programs in the United States and other international markets.
Negotiation of joint venture, shareholder, co-production, network affiliation, syndication, sales representation, sponsorship, licensing and other standardized agreements facilitating the funding acquisition and exploitation of television programming, online gaming and related properties.
Clearance of worldwide multimedia exploitation by means of negotiations with producers, writers, on-air talent, music publishers, recording companies, music performance rights societies, motion pictures and television performer guilds and labor unions, artwork, music and photographer archives representatives and agents.
We manage issues pertaining to agreements, rights of talent, music agreements, distribution, and licensing and merchandising with studios, networks, production companies and syndicators.
We also provide representation to an array of clients, including:
TV programs & series
Actors and actresses
Copyright, trademark and chain of title
We work on international syndication and distribution negotiations and contracts for our clients. We also research regional pay satellite platforms in search of just the right venue for our clients and provide market-by-market local sales to broadcasters or pay television platforms.
Examples of the types of work include:
Negotiating with investors;
Developing agreements with television networks;
Putting together contracts with athletes and collaborators;
We also aid individuals looking to start an MMA franchise who are seeking investors as well as television vehicles to launch proposed events.
StimConsul, Ltd., is adept at negotiating and managing the broadcasting aspects of sporting events and live entertainment throughout the world.
The success of these events often lies in the hands of the partnerships behind the scenes. We understand the importance of the business of sports and entertainment and play an integral role in ensuring the well-being of existing partnerships, continuously working diligently on negotiating the renewals of existing agreements and forging new ones.
We are highly experienced in setting up business formations, creating business governance and negotiating transactions. StimConsul, Ltd. has extensive experience in negotiations and interactions as well as protecting respective rights of partners and drafting articles of formation. We are skilled at retaining qualifying entities in other jurisdictions, tax compliance, securing federal employee ID numbers and setting up bank accounts.
Our firm develops all types of agreements, including:
Joint venture agreements
Asset & sale agreements
Purchase & sale agreements
From lawsuits to partner disputes to business expansion, we provide ongoing legal advice, design strategies for business disputes among partners, protect the rights of clients and build architecture for legal claims.
We write employment agreements, including executive incentive agreements, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, stock options and grants agreements.
Managing not only negotiations pertaining to employment but also terminations, including settlement agreements and severance packages. Our list of business clients is impressive, having successfully represented numerous corporate presidents, senior vice presidents and executives at a number of national television networks in the United States and abroad. While also advising employed clients on contract renegotiation and compliance issues and compiling agreements for clients that provide consulting services to various corporations.
StimConsul Ltd. negotiates every aspect of the employee contract, including:
Sick leave and personal time
We help providers and operators acquire contracts, allowing them to provide their customers with cutting-edge services in the areas of television and Internet. We also negotiate contracts with bandwidth and equipment providers and suppliers, technical consultants, utilities and taxing authorities. In addition, We develop financing agreements, including mezzanine asset-based loans, joint ventures, LLCs and partnerships. Offering legal advice regarding disputes among operators and homeowner associations, building associations and management companies.
We represent clients with investments in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas wells in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alberta, Canada. Stephen Stim is co-manager of an oil company in Mississippi called Columbia Petroleum, LLC. The company has major holdings in Little Cedar Creek, Alabama, a major shale oil field, and has interests in eight different sections of those oil fields.
Our firm negotiates and maintains agreements and handles litigation and administrative matters involving your operators, royalty owners, working interest owners, lessees and lessors. From analysis, negotiation and documentation of transactions related to exploration, development and operation of oil and gas properties, to performance of due diligence and preparation of agreements for the acquisition or disposition of oil and gas properties, we provide our clients with comprehensive legal counsel.
Our Digital and Social Media Practice capabilities encompass the following:
Internet, Mobile and Social Media Regulation
Licensing/Distribution Agreements, Acquisition Agreements and Joint Ventures
Talent, Music and Visual Content Agreements
Cross-Industry Promotion and Co-Branding
Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement
Privacy, Security and Data Optimization
Negotiation, implementation and regulation of media arrangements for local and national TV and radio broadcasts
Regional sports network production and distribution
Licensing and syndication of digital and interactive media rights
Broadband and mobile technology deal
Our Trademark and Copyright capabilities include:
Trademark availability clearance
Due diligence with respect to acquisition of trademark portfolios and copyright libraries
Domestic registrations acquisition and maintenance
Foreign registrations acquisition and maintenance
License agreements and assignments preparation
Domain name issues
Informal conflict resolution, both domestic and foreign
Foreign litigation, both administrative and legal
Domestic litigation before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the courts
In addition to representing our clients in complex commercial contract disputes, our litigation experience extends to the following core disciplines:
Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights
Consumer Class Action and Regulatory Defense
Employment and Labor
Entertainment and Intellectual Property
Insurance Coverage and Defense
Marketing and Advertising Regulatory
Public Sector Litigation
Trusts and Estates
White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations
We understand that for many of our clients, their intellectual property is their most valuable asset. We help clients around the globe establish, acquire and protect, as well as develop and implement strategies to manage and exploit, their IP portfolios.
We are committed to helping our clients maximize the value of their intellectual property assets. We represent IP owners in complex transactions and high-stakes disputes. We assist with IP-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, intellectual property audits, asset-based financing, licenses and agreements, valuations, joint ventures, and e-commerce issues.
Other capabilities include:
Adoption, use and protection of trademarks, service marks, trade names, Internet domain names and trade dress
Copyright protection and licensing
Trademark licensing opportunities
Combating ambush marketing tactics and enforcement of marketing rights
Our representation includes the following activities:
Negotiated transactions involving all aspects of asset or stock acquisitions or dispositions, mergers, roll-ups, consent solicitations, spin-offs, management and leveraged buyouts, auctions, recapitalization and reorganizations, joint ventures, and strategic alliances
Corporate takeovers and proxy contests
Advice to boards of directors, special committees and other control persons on their fiduciary duties in corporate transactions, including in auction and takeover situations
Regulatory compliance, including securities law disclosure and antitrust compliance
New York based Business and Legal Advisory Firm specializing in International Business Transactions, Business Development, Contract Negotiation, Entertainment, Sports, Media, Oil Exploration and General Corporate Law.
More Than 30 Years of Experience in Entertainment and Sports.
We are Master Negotiators creating Partnerships and Deals with Major Companies throughout the World.
Here is where it all begins!
65 Bank St. Suite A
New York, NY 10014
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